Up next on News 7 at Five-
A final goodbye for the four children and their grandmother who died in a
house fire- over the weekend.
Plus police catch up with that pregnant ten year old in Texas- and throw her
22 year old boyfriend in jail.
Rather pleasant Thursday weatherwise, with some changes in store for Friday.
The wet details coming up.
On Health Check-- the stories of two sets of twins, joined together at
Either or both pairs could be on their way to making medical history.
The community says goodbye to four children and their grandmother who were
killed in a fire last weekend.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Mourners filled a Roanoke Church this afternoon, as a neighborhood said
farewell to five members of one family.
Christine Duncan and her four grandchildren died Saturday night when their
Southeast Roanoke home caught fire.
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Joe Dashiell attended the funeral today at Belmont Baptist Church.
Jean, a family and a neighborhood were scarred by Saturday's fire...
but today residents gathered to celebrate the lives of Mark, Clyde, Patrick and
Nancy Leftwich and their grandmother Christine Duncan.
IN Q=Five hearses sat outside
SUPER=02-Rev. Wayne Harrison/Belmont Baptist Church; :15
OUT Q=brought to our lives because of them.
((Five hearses sat outside as family, friends and some who did not know the
victims came to pay their respects.
NAT SOUND OF SERVICE
If one death is a terrible burden to bear, pastor Wayne Harrison asked how
much heavier it could be, than when it is multiplied times five.
NAT SOUND OF MINISTER
IN Q=For Christine
OUT Q=our lives because of them.
Christine Duncan was a familiar sight in southeast roanoke, pulling a red
wagon with her smiling grandchildren in tow.
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Jean, that's how many of their neighbors will remember them.
Firefighters had their hands full again today- as yet another Roanoke home
goes up in flames.
This time human lives were spared. Unfortunately though, a number of
animals were killed.
At about ten- forty this morning, fire started shooting out of this home on
Marshall Avenue in Old Southwest.
Firefighters did not find anyone inside... but say eight dogs and two cats
died from either burns or smoke inhalation.
Emergency crews WERE able to resuscitate one of the dogs trapped inside.
IN Q=I just took
((TIM HARRIS/ROANOKE E.M.S.: I JUST TOOK WHAT I HAD LEARNED WITH PEOPLE AND WE
JUST APPLIED IT TO HER. WE WENT IN AND INITIALLY CHECKED THE HOUSE AND THEIR
WASN'T ANYBODY IN THE APARTMENT SO WE DIRECTED OUR ATTENTION TO HER, ONCE WE
KNEW WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY BODY IN THERE. ))
SUPER=01-Tim Harris/Roanoke E.M.S.;
OUT Q=any body in there
The cause of the blaze has not been determined, but some firefighters think
it started in an upstairs bed.
Chief Bev Mitchell is calling the fire suspicious.
Bill's Country Store in Halifax County was a popular place for morning
And everyday Bill Maxey made sure a fresh pot was brewing when customers
began coming in.
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Teresa Hamilton is in Halifax County where Maxey's life ended just minutes
after opening early this morning.
Jean, friends of Bill Maxey say he followed a routine.
Every morning he would go outside to grab a jug of water from a storage
closet to make coffee.
And, it was outside that closet where he was apparently shot and killed.
SOT IN Q=Bill Maxey
SUPER=01-Billy Bowes/Victim's Friend; :00
SUPER=03-Halifax Co./This Morning; 13:
SUPER=01-Maj. Ray Link/Halifax Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :21
SUPER=01-Stover Elliot/Victim's Friend; :41
OUT Q=gets caught.
IN Q=Bill Maxey
((BILLY BOWES/FRIEND: BILL MAXEY WAS ONE OF THE FINEST PEOPLE YOU COULD KNOW,
HE WAS A FRIEND, HE HELPED A LOT OF PEOPLE. ))
OUT Q=a lot of people.
Billy Bowes is among those stunned by Bill Maxey's death.
The two were friends for 35- years.
In fact it was Bowes grandfather who sold Maxey the Country Store where he
IN Q=At the
((MAJOR RAY LINK/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: AT THE PRESENT TIME IT LOOKS MORE
LIKE A ROBBERY THAN A BREAK-IN, IT DOESN'T APPEAR ANYTHING WAS BROKEN INTO. ))
OUT Q=broken into.
Major Link notified State Police shortly after arriving at the store.
The suspect did leave a trail.
Part of the cash register was dropped on the ground, as well as a 12- pack
IN Q=It's so
((STOVER ELLIOTT/FRIEND:IT'S SO MANY CRIMES GOING AROUND, YOU DON'T KNOW WHO'S
GOING TO BE NEXT, IT'S A BAD THING, WE JUST HOPE WHOEVER DID IT GETS CAUGHT. ))
OUT Q=gets caught.
The store is located in the community of Alton--- here on Route 711. But
people here tell us, most people know this area as Harmony.
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(questions: Are authorities any closer to finding a suspect? )
The murder trial of Joe Gardner Bolling is under way in Bedford County
Bolling is accused of shooting to death his girlfriend-- 27- year- old
Torina (toe-REE-nuh) Lynn Wright during an argument outside their home last
Bolling told the police the shooting was accidental, but prosecutors say it
took a deliberate effort to make Bolling's .44 Magnum revolver go off.
IN Q=Evidence will be
((RANDY KRANTZ/BEDFORD CO. PROSECUTOR: ))
SUPER=01-Randy Krantz/Bedford Co. Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=things have to happen.
Medical examiner Dr. William Massello told the jury Wright died of massive
Bolling's trial is expected to last through tomorrow.
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Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- O-J Simpson-- tells a prime-time audience
how he feels for the first time since his acquittal.
Plus-- the 10-year old pregnant runaway is located-- after sneaking out of a
shelter earlier this week.
And on Health Check-- thousands of child-safety seats are recalled--
Plus, a preview of tonight's "48-Hours" the story of conjoined twins, and
the efforts to save them.
The clock is ticking down to the showdown in Arizona.
Mike has the latest on the pregame hype before the Superbowl-- as the news
A pregnant ten year old is back in protective custody.
Police say Cindy Garcia was afraid her baby would be taken from her so she
Garcia's 22 year old boyfriend is in jail- facing charges of sexual
A tipster spotted the two outside a grocery store- where they were asking
Police caught up with them at this apartment complex in North Houston.
((L.R. JOHNSON/HOUSTON POLICE: AT THE BEGINNING THEY WERE LYING, GIVING FALSE
NAMES. WE SEPARATED THEM BOTH OF THEM AND EVENTUALLY THEY SAID THEY WERE THE
SUPER=01-L.R. Johnson/Houston Police; 00
OUT Q=said they were the ones."
Police say the ten year old is in good condition.
Her 22 year old boyfriend is denying he's in trouble -only telling police
he's in love with the girl.
O-J Simpson told the world he wishes everyone would just leave him alone.
SUPER=04-Black Entertainment Television;
He made the comments during a live interview on Black Entertainment
Television last night.
((O.J. SIMPSON: I MOURN. I'M STILL MOURNING. FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE I'LL
MOURN. HOW MUCH LOWER SHOULD I LAY. I'M AT HOME 99 PERCENT OF THE TIME. I WENT
TO VISIT MY GIRLFRIEND ONCE AND PLAYED GOLF TWO DAYS IN THE PAST FOUR MONTHS
NOW. HOW MUCH LOWER SHOULD I LAY? ))
OUT Q=lower should I lay? (double out)
Meanwhile Simpson is in day four giving a deposition in the civil suit
The father of victim Ron Goldman says the questioning has taken a
dramatically different turn today.
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer calls it the strangest and most perverse way
to try to legislate morality.
Beyer's predicting a legislative effort to overturn the policy change
adopted Tuesday by the Virginia Housing Development Authority.
That policy bars gay and lesbian couples and other unmarried couples from
receiving home loans through the state.
IN Q=I would go
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I WOULD GO BACK TO THE POLICY THAT WORKED VERY WELL FOR
THE PREVIOUS 15 YEARS IN VIRGINIA. WHEN YOU DO IT THROUGH THE APPOINTEES YOU
HAVE TO THE BOARD, THERE MAY BE EVEN INITIATIVE THIS YEAR TO PUT IT INTO LAW.
WHICH WOULD OVERRIDE WHAT THE BOARD HAS DECIDED THIS WEEK.))
OUT Q=this week.
Governor Allen got praise from a caller on his monthly radio show today for
encouraging the V-H-D-A to define family strictly as persons related by blood,
marriage, or adoption.
IN Q=And I don't think
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: AND I DON'T THOSE FOLKS ARE OUT OF TOUCH WITH THE PEOPLE.
I THINK THAT'S WHAT MOST PEOPLE WOULD CONSIDER THE DEFINITION OF A FAMILY. I
DON'T KNOW IF YOU HAVE A DICTIONARY. IS THERE A DICTIONARY HERE? FIND A
DICTIONARY SEE WHAT THE DEFINITION OF FAMILY IS IN THE DICTIONARY.))
OUT Q=in the dictionary.
When supplied with a dictionary, the Governor rejected the fourth definition
listed as "persons living together in one household."
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If you want Indian food, you picked a good night-- and Patrick has found
just the place to satisfy your cravings.
(patrick ad lib)
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Fresh breads and other baked goods are always offered at the Wildflour
Bakery and Restaurant at Towers Mall in Roanoke.
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They also offer a weekly taste of exotic cuisine, as Patrick Evans
Patrick, you say the Wildflour operation is getting ready to expand-
SUPER=01-Saraswati Mali/Nepalese Chef;
SUPER=01-Evie Robison/Wildflour Owner;
(ROLL OVER EVIE)
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Stick around---sharing the wealth-- that's what someone is doing in Roanoke
with another lucky person in Norfolk.
And on Health Check--
Twins, conjoined at birth.
We'll have two cases, of medical history possibly in the making.
IN Q=It's alright NAT SOUND
OUT Q=shh, shh, shh NAT SOUND
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A warning about foreign strains of the AIDS virus possibly entering the
San Diego researchers say if the strains take hold here, it could increase
the frequency of H-I-V transmission.
Testing of American servicemen in California found five men were infected
with strains of the AIDS virus previously unseen in the U.S.
The strains were linked to the heterosexual epidemics in Asia and Africa.
The strain of the virus found in the Western world is called subtype B--
but other strains have infected up to 20-million people worldwide.
Pregnant women at a high risk for premature delivery may benefit from a new
test that gives doctors early warning of an impending birth.
This mother of soon-to-be-born twins started contractions three months
IN Q=At first you
((STACY MCNUTT: AT FIRST, YOU DON'T WANT TO BELIEVE YOU'RE HAVING THEM, YOU
WAIT AND KEEP MONITORING THEM, AND FINALLY YOU REALIZE, YOU HAVE TO CALL THE
SUPER=07-Stacy McNutt; :
OUT Q=call the hospital.
But if mothers get to the hospital right away, doctors can stop the
contractions, and prevent the baby from being born too early.
The new test is done like a pap smear, looking for a protein called fetal
fibronectin in the cells.
If the protein is found, there's a 99-percent chance a woman will deliver
within the two weeks.
In San Diego, a decision could come today from doctors on whether conjoined
twins should be surgically separated.
More than two dozen doctors have been consulted on the Mirales case.
Sarah and Sarahi were born 13 days ago, joined at the chest and stomach.
Doctors have been running tests to determine if the girls can be safely
It's possible only one of the children would survive the operation.
In a related story CBS News' 48-Hours offers an inside look at what could be
medical history in the making.
A rare operation to save another pair of conjoined twins.
IN Q=Millie and Lucy
SUPER=04-"48 Hours"; :00
SUPER=01-Steve Scaturro/Foster Father; :11 quick
SUPER=03-New York; :32
SUPER=07-Dr. Peter Altman; :46
OUT Q=one survivor.
Millie and Lucy Costillo are five months old--
Debbie and Steve Scaturro have opened up their hearts and home to help
IN Q=They are not
((STEVE SCATURRO/FOSTER FATHER: THEY ARE NOT FREAKS. THEY ARE STILL PEOPLE.
LOOKING AT MILLIE AND LUCY, THEY ARE BABIES, THEY ARE BEAUTIFUL. THEY'RE
CUDDLY. THEY'RE JUST TWO LITTLE BABIES. ))
OUT Q=two little babies.
When it comes to caring for kids who need help, this couple has been down
this road before-- as volunteers for a charity group that helps kids who can't
get care in their home country.
IN Q=These kids need
((DEBBIE SCATURRO/FOSTER MOTHER: THESE KIDS NEED SOMEONE TO TAKE CARE OF THEM.
OUT Q=care of them
Doctors at Columbia Presbyterian Medical School in New York City are going
to try and separate the girls.
IN Q=This is a
((DR. STEVEN STYLIANOS: THIS IS A VERY HIGH RISK, EXTREMELY COMPLEX PROCEDURE.
OUT Q=complex procedure.
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IN Q=Really the question
((DR. PETER ALTMAN: REALLY THE QUESTION IS WHAT HAPPENS IF IT'S DETERMINED THAT
YOU CAN ONLY COME OUT WITH ONE HEART, AND THAT MEANS YOU CAN ONLY COME OUT WITH
ONE SURVIVOR. ))
OUT Q=one survivor.
But they won't know for sure until the operation is underway.
Tonight at 10 o'clock on W-D-B-J, 48-Hours will detail their story.
The government is recalling more than 15-thousand infant car seats.
The rear-facing Dreamride Ultra infant seats tip toward the front of
the car by more than 70 degrees.
Federal safety standards require that they stay almost upright in a crash
at 30 miles-per-hour.
For more information on receiving a re-enforcement kit, contact the
manufacturer, Cosco, at 1-800-314-9327.
2-SHOTtoss to mike
WHat are the Steelers and the Cowboys saying in the final round of
interviews before the Superbowl?
Mike has the latest from both teams in tonight's ticker.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Thursday night two minute sports
The hype will begin to die down a bit in Tempe, Arizona tomorrow.
Today was the final required day of interviews for players and coaches.
SUPER=03-Tempe, AZ; :00
The Steelers are not only underdogs with the oddsmakers but they are
underweight on the scales when compared to the Cowboys offensive line.
((KEVIN GREENE/PITTSBURGH DEFENSIVE END:))
SUPER=01-Kevin Greene/Pittsburgh Defensive End; :00
OUT Q= ...LOVE FOR THE GAME."
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Last Night; :00
Charlotte has given newly acquired point guard Kenny Anderson a new reason to
love the game.
In his first game as a Hornet last night he scored 12 points and dished out
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Last Night;
And Speaking of LOVE - instead of knocking Brian Reeves to the ground last
night, Dennis Rodman just gave him a big ole hug and did a little two step with
the man known as Big Country.
The Roanoke Express has won just six of it's last 19 games but, the team is
still very much in the playoff hunt as the fifth place team in the East
Division with 26 games left in the season.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/This Morning; :00
Roanoke practiced this morning at the Round House and the focus this week
has been on conditioning.
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...winning the 3-2 game"
SUPER=04-New River Valley Speedway; :00
In one racing note, former South Boston Speedway champ, and popular New River
Valley speedway driver Stacy Compton is giving up Late MOdel Stock Cars to race
in Winston Cup.
Compton and Gladys businessman Dean Monroe have purchased the old Hardees
team from A.G. Dillard.
Compton says he plans to run four or five Cup races at the end of this
season, and then run for rookie of the year honors in 1997.
More on that deal, plus we'll chat with Michael Waltrip, who piloted the Wood
Brothers Thunderbird to one of the fastest preseason test times at Daytona this
I'll see you in about a half hour, and News 7 at 5 will return right after
this quick break.
take a break
An update on the story of the pregnant 10-year old girl in Houston--
At a press conference just moments ago, it was revealed that the girl is
really 14 years old. And her real name is Adela Garcia, not Cindy Garcia.
CBS Evening News will have the latest on this at 6:30.
Someone in Roanoke is splitting last night's Pick Six Lotto jackpot.
The Virginia Lottery says there were two winners in last night's
one-million dollar contest.
The winning ticket in Roanoke was purchased at the Fast Break Mart on
Challenger Avenue in Roanoke County.
The other ticket was bought in Norfolk.
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(robin tosses to jean)
If you like to shop, like some of us do, this next story will interest you.
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Keith Humphry has the lowdown on some big changes at the Valley View Mall.
Jean, Roanoke's Valley View Mall is THE retail hotspot for nearly 70 miles
in every direction.
And in the next 18 months, close to a quarter of its storefronts will
This has something to do with poor holiday sales, but there's more to it
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We'll have all this and more, coming up in a half hour on News-7 at Six.
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