Up next on News 7 at five-
A cause is determined in Saturday's deadly fire in Roanoke. We'll have
O-J Simpson's finally talking- giving a deposition in Los Angeles.
Plus this man sang- and sang and sang some more.
We'll tell you about his record breaking ballad.
Clouds are on the move and so is the temperature. We expect readings in the
On Health Check-- an update on the virus R-S-V in our region.
In adults, it's a simple cold, but it can be deadly in some infants.
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((IT'S LIKE HE COULDN'T INHALE DEEP ENOUGH TO COUGH IS WHAT IT WAS. ))
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Roanoke City Fire investigators find the cause of the weekend blaze that
claimed five lives.
Investigators confirm that an extension cord sparked Saturday Nights Fatal
fire in Southeast Roanoke.
But today they also revealed the rental property also had no smoke
Double Boxes=Jean and Joe/Microwave
Joe Dashiell reports tonight from Stewart Avenue where four children and
their grandmother died.
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(Roll cue: to an extension cord downstairs.)
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/Saturday Night; :12
SUPER=01-Chief Jim Grigsby/Roanoke Fire Dept; :18
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((Jean QUESTION: Does the fire department say there are any lessons we can
learn from this fire?))
The smoke has cleared from a tragic fire but the memory is still on the
minds of firefighters.
Roanoke City officials are roudnign up peer and professional counselors for
Officials say it's crucial that their employees find relief after a deadly
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((WINSTON V. SIMMONS/ROANOKE DEPUTY FIRE CHIEF: YOU COULD BE THE MACHO
FIREFIGHTER BUT EVENTUALLY IT WILL MANIFEST ITSELF.))
SUPER=01-Winston V. Simmons/Roanoke Deputy Fire Chief;
Most firefighters have families of their own and identify with the victims.
They say they need support.
IN Q=We all get
((WE ALL GET ALONG GOOD. THAT HELPS LESSEN THE STRESS. IN THE FACT THAT WE
CAN TALK TO EACH OTHER ABOUT CERTAIN THINGS. I CAN TALK TO THESE GUYS ABOUT
SUPER=01-Phillip Dillon/Roanoke Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=guys about anything.
Firefighters say counseling is key to maintain good relationships between
This is the 23rd anniversary of the Roe Versus Wade Decision that
Today it brought thousands of abortion opponents to Washington.
((HOLY MARY MOTHER OF GOD PRAY FOR US SINNERS NOW AND AT THE HOUR OUR DEATH
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Protestors promised to work to change the law that legalizes abortion.
They brought their message to the White House.
The group also marched to the Supreme Court.
The Roe versus Wade anniversary prompted a speech on the General Assembly
floor on the abortion issue Most likely to be debated in Virginia:
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((SEN. PATSY TICER/D-ALEXANDRIA: THE AMERICAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION RECENTLY
CONCLUDED THAT NOTICE AND CONSENT LAWS HAVE LED TO TEENS SEEKING ABORTION LATER
IN THE PREGNANCY, THUS INCREASING THE RISK ASSOCIATED WITH THE PROCEDURE.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Patsy Ticer/(D) Alexandria;
OUT Q=with the procedure.
Governor George Allen vetoed a parental notification bill last year after
the Senate Health and Education Committee broadened it to allow other family
members be notified.
Freshman Senator Steve Newman has just joined that committee.
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((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R-LYNCHBURG: FOR OUR SIDE, I WAS REAL PLEASED THAT WE WENT
WITH PARENTAL RIGHTS INDIVIDUALS, MYSELF AND STEVE MARTIN WERE THE NEW
INDIVIDUALS ADDED TO IT EXCEPT FOR SENATOR QUAYLE. AND THAT'S A GOOD GROUP.
AND I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY HOW PEOPLE STAND ON THE OTHER SIDE. ))
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That Senate committee historically tampers with parental notification
efforts -- but Senate Republican Leader Joe Benedetti says he's sure a bill can
be introduced on the floor -- bypassing the committee.
IN Q=You know with the makeup
((SEN. JOE BENEDETTI/R-RICHMOND: YOU KNOW WITH THE MAKEUP OF THE SENATE AT THE
PRESENT TIME, THERE ARE CLEARLY 23, 24, MAYBE EVEN 25 VOTES FOR PARENTAL
NOTIFICATION. AND I THINK IF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR RULES IT NOT GERMANE,
HE'LL BE OVERRULED.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Benedetti/(R) Richmond;
OUT Q=be overruled.
Allen says he'll again veto anything that's NOT what he considers a true
parental notice bill.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Just ahead authorities in Wythe County investigate the murder of a teenager,
and OJ Simpson avoids the media, but he can't avoid answering questions
under oath about the murders of his ex wife and Ron Goldman.
On Health Check-- a student at the University of Virginia has been
diagnosed with the same blood infection that killed a V-M-I cadet on Friday.
Also who will lead the Roanoke Symphony?
A third candidate is in town for the Conductor's job.
Patrick Evans will introduce us to Leslie Dunner, who's now with the Detroit
Three people are facing charges of abduction and murder in the death of a
Wythe County teenager.
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Tracy Altizer joins us from our New River Valley Newsroom with details.
Jean, investigators are still trying to piece together the events of last
But for the mother of the victim, Ricky Lee Coleman, her last conversation
with her son is a vivid memory.
((RITA COLEMAN/VICTIM'S MOTHER: HE RODE WITH ME AND WANTED TO GO TO DANNY
RAY'S. I SAID "FINE, BEHAVE, I LOVE YOU, AND I'LL SEE YOU LATER." AND HE TOLD
ME HE LOVED ME AND HE WOULD SEE ME LATER. AND THAT'S IT, THAT'S IT. ))
SUPER=01-Rita Coleman/Victim's Mother;
OUT Q=that's it, that's it.
Ricky and his friend ended up at the home of 19 year- old Jason Hibbs, where
there was a party going on.
Authorities say at some point, Coleman and Hibbs got into a fight.
Afterwards Hibbs, 20 year-old Eric Dwayne Ball and a 17 year- old friend
allegedly wrapped Coleman in a blanket, stuffed him in the trunk of a car,
drove to a remote spot on route 618 and dumped him over a creek bank.
Eric Ball allegedly led sheriff's deputies to the creek early Sunday
morning. They found Coleman's body a little while later.
An autopsy scheduled tomorrow will have to determine whether Coleman was
beaten to death, or if he drowned or died from exposure.
Double Boxes=Jean and Tracy/Microwave
(JEAN QUESTION: What have you heard about why Coleman and Hibbs were
Lynchburg police have a suspect but have not made an arrest in the city's
first murder of the year.
It happened early Sunday outside the Glass House night club on Wards Road.
24- year old Robert Lewis Allen was shot to death during an argument in the
Today, local peace activists held a vigil in Allen's memory, and called for
an end to handgun violence.
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((ANNE GIBBONS/PEACE EDUCATION CENTER: IT'S BASICALLY OUR WAY OF SAYING TO THE
LARGER COMMUNITY THAT LIFE DOES NOT GO ON AS USUAL WHEN SOMETHING LIKE THIS
HAPPENS. THERE MAY BE SOME PLACES WHERE VIOLENCE HAS BECOME AN ACCEPTED NORM
AND WE DON'T EVER WANT THAT TO BE THE CASE, HERE OR ANY PLACE.))
SUPER=01-Anne Gibbons/Peace Education Center; :00
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The owner of the Glass House night club says she'll close the business this
weekend in memory of Robert Allen.
O.J. Simpson is now at a California law office to give a deposition in a
civil suit against him.
Simpson's expected to testify for the first time under oath about the
murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman.
Questioning is expected to last several days.
Simpson was acquitted of the killings,
but the victims' families have filed wrongful death lawsuits against him.
A judge says he'll allow lawyers to release transcripts of the
deposition at a later date.
The search for a new Roanoke Symphony Conductor continues--one of the
candidates being considered is with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Patrick
Evans will introduce us.
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stocks bump next
The third finalist in the search for a new Symphony Conductor has come to
town to show his wares and convince the Roanoke Symphony Board he's the man for
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Patrick Evans joins us for an exclusive interview with Leslie Dunner, who
now serves as resident Conductor of the Detroit Symphony orchestra.
SUPER=01-Leslie Dunner/Conductor Candidate;
(ROLL OVER INTERVIEW)
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
health music under
Stick around---Testing at Daytona is over and we will hear from Dale
Stevens will have the story.
And on Health Check--
An area pediatrician discusses the virus, R-S-V.
This bacteria that causes lung infections can be a disaster at daycare
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((USUALLY WHEN ONE CHILD HAS IT, THEY ALL END UP GETTING IT, AND THE DAYCARES
ARE ALMOST EMPTY AT THAT POINT. ))
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A University of Virginia student has contracted Meningococcemia
(Menin-jo-cox-See-me-ah)-- a blood stream infection that could cause
The student is in the same fraternity as another U-V-A student diagnosed
with meningitis in October.
On Friday, a freshman cadet at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington
died of the same condition.
18-year-old Scott Hickey from Staunton had the same rare blood infection,
from the bacteria Neisseria Meningitides.
150 people at the military college have been given the antibiotic Rifampin
to prevent future cases.
Recently we told you about the virus R-S-V, and the alert about an increase
in cases nationwide.
Now, area pediatricians say our region is in fact experiencing an epidemic
of cases-- it does every year, this season.
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SUPER=01-Dr. Mark McBride/Roanoke Pediatrician; :00
SUPER=01-Diona Thompson/Mother; 1:02
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((DR. MARK MCBRIDE/ROANOKE PEDIATRICIAN: R-S-V IS THE NAME OF THE VIRUS THAT
CAUSES ANOTHER CONDITION THAT CAUSES BRONCHIOLITIS, AND BRONCHIOLITIS IS AN
INFECTION OF THE LOWER AIRWAYS IN THE LUNGS. BRONCHIOLOTIS IS CAUSED BY MANY
VIRUSES, RSV IS THE MOST COMMON AND WELL-KNOWN. IT STANDS FOR RESPIRATORY
SYNCTIAL VIRUS. ))
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In adults, this virus causes a simple cold, but in some children--
especially infants-- it can be very serious.
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((DR. MCBRIDE: MOST OF THE TIME THE INFANTS HAVE SEVERE COUGH, THEY'LL HAVE
PERSISTENT COUGH, LOW GRADE FEVERS, AND MOST OF THE TIME THEY'LL SHOW SIGNS OF
NOT EATING WELL, NOT SLEEPING WELL AT NIGHT. AND THOSE ARE SYMPTOMS THAT MAY
MEAN THE CHILD NEEDS TO BE SEEN.))
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In Fincastle, Diona Thompson, mother of three, knows those symptoms well.
Her baby Matthew, now four months old, was hospitalized just after
Christmas with a dangerous case of R-S-V.
Weeks later, and he's fine.
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((DIONA THOMPSON/MOTHER: HE COULDN'T GRASP HIS AIR, IS WHAT IT WAS. WHEN THEY
CAN'T BREATHE DEEP, THAT'S IT. ))
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BUTT BUTT BUTT
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((DR. MCBRIDE: THE VIRUS DOES CAUSE COPIOUS, THICK SECRETIONS IN THE LOWER
AIRWAYS, AND IN MOST OF THESE CHILDREN HAVE HAD A COLD, IT BEGAN AS A COLD OR
AN UPPER RESPIRATORY INFECTION AND THEN PROGRESSED TO THE LOWER AIRWAYS.))
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The Centers for Disease Control warns that 90-thousand children in the U.S.
are hospitalized each year because of R-S-V infection-- and 45-hundred die of
Still, the condition is very common and less than one-percent of infected
kids are hospitalized.
The C-D-C estimates that nearly all children have R-S-V disease by age
Encouraging news came last Friday-- when the F-D-A approved the first drug
designed to protect children from the worst effects of serious respiratory
RespiGam can't prevent infection, but it's makers say it can help those
most susceptible-- like premature infants and babies with chronic lung
The condition is very contagious, and strict handwashing is recommended
to prevent it's spread-- it can spell disaster at daycare centers.
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((DR. MCBRIDE: I THINK IT VARIES YEAR TO YEAR, LAST YEAR WE SAW A LARGE NUMBER
OF CASES BUT THEY DEVELOPED AFTER THE HOLIDAYS. THIS YEAR IT SEEMS IT STARTED
BEFORE THE HOLIDAYS.AND THE SEASON IS USUALLY DECEMBER TO MARCH AND WE DO SEE
THOUSANDS OF CHILDREN EVERY YEAR IN THE OFFICE, AND ONLY A SMALL PERCENTAGE ARE
Cigarette smoke, woodstove smoke, and fireplace smoke can all prolong the
illness in children.
The virus is spread by sneezing or coughing,
Just last Friday high school basketball coach Burl Paye abruptly resigned.
News 7 Sports talked with the coach and Mike Stevens has more in tonight's
Good afternoon everyone, we start our Monday Ticker on the hard wood where
former William Fleming boys basketball coach Burrall Paye spoke to the cameras
for the first time since stepping down from his post this past Friday.
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Marshall Ashford has taken over and the Colonels came with in three points
of beating the nations third ranked team in Science Hill this past weekend.
Coach Paye attended the game but a spectator's role has been the extent of his
contact with the players since resigning as the Colonels head coach.
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((BURRALL PAYE/FORMER WM. FLEMING HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Burrall Paye/Former William Fleming Coach; :00
OUT Q=..ask me to do"
Preseason testing is complete at Daytona.
The Winston Cup racing teams now have about two weeks to fine tune their
machines at their race shops before heading back to the beach for Speedweeks
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Of course no one is more anxious to get back on the track than Dale Earnhardt.
Despite being the winningest driver in the history of the track with victories
in the Twin 125s, the Busch series and the Firecracker, Earnhardt has never won
the Daytona 500.
If he fails again next month, it won't be for a lack of effort and
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((DALE EARNHARDT/HAS NEVER WON THE DAYTONA 500:))
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Has Never Won The Daytona 500; :00
OUT Q=...FOR DAYTONA."
We'll be at Daytona with live reports during Speedweeks starting Monday night
I'll see you back here at six.
Have a good night everybody.
take a break
Unless you're a professional musician, many of us shy away from singing in
But that's certainly not the case for a pub owner in Albany, New York.
55 year old Irishman Eamonn (AY-mun) McGirr has set the world record for
continuous singing--11 days and 20 minutes.
McGirr says the reason he decided to try to break the record was because
his non-stop singing would help raise money for Cerebral Palsy research.
His daughter suffers from the disease.
McGirr moved from Ireland to the United States to get treatment for his
(toss to robin)
(robin tosses to jean)
A child molester in Roanoke County has struck a deal with the prosecutor.
Robert Paul Dallas entered 24 guilty pleas today.
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Keith Humphry says it's not over yet.
The case involves a 50-year old single man living on Capito Street in
Northeast Roanoke County.
He loves kids. Of the dozens who spent time at his house, he took indecent
liberties with four of them- -from very early childhood until they were adults.
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On NEWS 7 at SIX, we'll have more on the Dallas case, including some
comments from the attorneys.
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