Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
A baby is dead, another baby and a toddler are in critical condition
after a house fire in Henry County-
The U-S navy prepares to go two miles deep to find a flight recorder- off
the Dominican Republic.
Plus an update on the 13 year old California girl who ate deadly
News 7 is next.
A deadly fire in Henry County.
A six month old girl is dead.
Another baby and a toddler are in critical condition.
The mother was apparently at a neighbors making a phone call-
A news 7 crew is there. We'll have a report at eleven.
A 13 year old who ate some of the world's deadliest mushrooms is in
serious but stable condition tonight after surgery.
Doctors attached part of a liver onto her own liver in hopes the old liver
will rejuvenate itself.
Join us for News 7 tonight at eleven.
A six- month- old girl is dead and her young brother and sister in critical
condition following a house fire in Henry County this afternoon.
The fire broke out around 3-30 in the Grassy Creek area of the county.
Fire officials say Keysha Thomas apparently died of smoke inhalation.
Her siblings, 18 month- old Deonte (Dee-On-Tay) Thomas and two- year old
Latasha Thomas were flown to the Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem.
The mother, Vivian Thomas, was at a neighbor's house when she saw the fire.
IN Q=When she got
((JEFF RAKES/HORSEPASTURE VOLUNTEER FIRE DEPT.: WHEN SHE GOT BACK OVER TO THE
HOUSE SHE WENT IN AND HANDED THE CHILDREN OUT THE WINDOWS IN THE HOUSE TO THE
FIRE AND RESCUE MEMBERS ARRIVED ON THE SCENE. ))
SUPER=01-Jeff Rakes/Horsepasture Vol. Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=on the scene.
Vivian Thomas was treated for smoke inhalation.
Rakes says it appears the fire started in the kitchen.
The State Police is at the scene at this hour assisting with the
A guilty plea today from a man accused of carjacking an 86 year old woman in
Roanoke last fall, and leaving her tied up in the Amherst County woods.
32 year old John David Ford entered an (Alferd) Alford plea to carjacking,
abduction and firearms charges.
Ford admitted the Commonwealth had enough evidence to convict him, and did
not want to take his chances with a jury which could have given him two life
terms in prison.
Instead he'll serve twenty years- an outcome prosecutor Ed Meeks says should
IN Q=One, it approximates
((ED MEEKS/AMHERST CO. PROSECUTOR: ONE, IT APPROXIMATES WHAT THE AVERAGE
SENTENCE WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE STATE, SECONDLY, IT EFFECTIVELY TAKES HIM OFF
THE STREET FOR THE PRODUCTIVE YEARS OF HIS ADULT LIFE WHERE HE WOULD BE A RISK.
IT MET THE VICTIM'S EXPECTATIONS AND WE ALSO DIDN'T THROW THE TAXPAYERS' MONEY
AWAY HAVING TO HAUL WITNESSES IN HERE FROM BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS.))
SUPER=01-Ed Meeks/Amherst Co. Prosecutor; :00
OUT Q=from Boston, Massachusetts.
Meeks says the victim.. who only wanted to be identified by her last name,
Mrs. McDonald, was satisfied with the terms of the agreement.
Things got heated today in Richmond as State senators debate a bill to lower
the burden of proof social workers need to file a complaint of child abuse.
The bill would lower the reason for complaints from "clear and convincing
evidence" of child abuse to "a preponderence of evidence."
IN Q=Those scales
((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-BOTETOURT CO.: THOSE SCALES THAT WE WEIGH OUR JUSTICE ON
HAVE TO BE PUSHED MORE THAN JUST A SLIGHT TIP IN ONE DIRECTION. THIS IS AN
ABUSE CASE. THEY CAN TAKE CHILDREN FROM YOU.))
((SEN. JOE GARTLAN/D-FAIRFAX: YOU ARE NOT TRUSTING THE MATTER TO OVERZEALOUS
PEOPLE WHO ARE ACTING ON THEIR OWN.))
sot continued at 38:42
((WE INTERVIEWED JUVENILE AND DOMESTIC RELATIONS COURT JUDGES IN ALL THE MAJOR
AREAS OF THE COMMONWEALTH. FAIRFAX, TIDEWATER, ROANOKE. UNIFORMLY, THESE
JUDGES PRAISE ALMOST WITHOUT QUALIFICATION, THE WORK THAT CHILD PROTECTIVE
SERVICES WORKERS DO IN BRINGING THEIR CASES TO COURT.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; :13
OUT Q=cases to court.
Lieutenant Governor Don Beyer broke a tie to send the bill on to the House.
It includes an amendment guaranteeing parents quick court hearings to clear
their names if they've been falsely accused.
The search for plane crash victims has been called off in the waters off
the Dominican Republic-
The Boeing 757 went into the Atlantic with 189 people aboard-
So far 78 bodies have been recovered-
Today rescue crews retrieved the plane's wheels.
Now U-S Navy officials say they'll search the ocean floor for the black
box two miles down.
((CAPT. RAYMOND MCCORD/U.S. NAVY: THE JOB IS DIFFICULT LOOKING FOR ANYTHING ON
THE OCEAN FLOOR IS VERY DIFFICULT BECAUSE YOU'RE DOING IT IN THE BLIND. I GUESS
AN ANALOGY IS NEEDLE IN A HAYSTACK.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Raymond McCord/U.S. Navy;
OUT Q=in a haystack
U-S officials are assisting the Dominican Republic in the investigation-
Navy equipment is now on the way to the scene.
It is the worst flooding in 30 years in the Northwest.
So far its claimed two lives and left thousands homeless..
Manuel Gallegus reports-
SUPER=03-Portland, OR; 05
OUT Q=standard outcue."
((AS THE SUN SET OVER PORTLAND, WORK CONTINUED FEVERISHLY TO SHORE UP THE
RETAINING WALL OVER THE WILLAMETTE RIVER. THE LAST TIME THE WILLAMETTE WENT
OVER THIS WALL WAS 30 YEARS AGO. ALL DAY, THE RIVER THREATENED THE PLYWOOD
SEAWALL HAMMERED AND HEAVED INTO PLACE IN AN ATTEMPT TO PROVIDE A THIN DEFENSE.
(LOCATOR: KEIZER, OR)
SO FAR, ABOUT 15,000 PEOPLE HAVE BEEN EVACUATED STATEWIDE INCLUDING THE ENTIRE
POPULATION OF KEIZER, SOME 12,000 PEOPLE WHO'VE BEEN UPROOTED BY THE RELENTLESS
WATER. MANY HAVE RETREATED TO RED CROSS EVACUATION CENTERS LIKE THIS ONE.
(LOCATOR: CANBY, OR)
PEOPLE IN NEARBY CANBY WATCHED LUMBER, RACING DOWNSTREAM FROM LOGGING
OPERATIONS, BUILD DAMS AS EFFICIENTLY AS BEAVER... WEDGING IN LOST CARS AND
SOT RESIDENT: ""I've lived here 18 years and I've never seen it this bad.""
TRACK: FLOOD WATERS AND MUDSLIDES HAVE CLOSED ROADS STATEWIDE...THE WORST
PILE-UP OF MUD AND DEBRIS BURIED THIS SEMI-TRUCK AND BLOCKED INTERSTATE 84 EAST
OF PORTLAND ON THE COLUMBIA RIVER.
TRACK: JUST SOUTH, IN ALBANY AND EUGENE, TRAFFIC IS CRAWLING TOWARD HIGHER
RESIDENT SOT: ""Nervous, don't have insurance, 2 kids.""
TRACK: AND THE SANDBAG ARMY WILL CONTINUE ITS BATTLE TO PRESERVE WHAT'S LEFT
OF HOME AND HEARTH AS OREGON'S LARGEST CITY BRACES FOR THE WORST FLOODING SINCE
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on News 7, we'll tell you how innovative surgery saved a
child who ate deadly mushrooms,
and how will a new law effect T-V, telephone and computer service? Find out
when News 7 returns.
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
State Police will now investigate allegations of rape against two Virginia
Tech Football players.
Former student Christy Bronkala says the two raped her on campus.
As Ellen Qualls reports the Attorney General says he's taking the case
IN Q=Civil attorney
SUPER=01-Eileen Wagner/Brzonkala's Attorney; :30
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/File Tape; 1:08
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
Civil attorney Eileen Wagner says she merely requested the Attorney General's
public statements on campus sexual assault.
((ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM GILMORE: HER LETTER...INVESTIGATION.))
((EILEEN WAGNER/BRZONKALA'S ATTORNEY: ATTORNEY GENERAL GILMORE HAS AN
EXCELLENT TRACK RECORD... AT THE CUTTING EDGE.))
But Wagner says the probe will actually complicate her civil cases against
Tech for violating women's rights, and against the two accused players for the
alleged rape itself.
((BUT WHEN THE OPPORTUNITY COMES TOTALLY UNSOLICITED... MORALLY OBLIGATED TO
Virginia Tech says it welcomes the State probe -- pointing out it's NOT
about the university -- it's about this man-- Tony Morrison and his alleged
accomplice James Crawford.
We'd love to let you hear what Christy Brzonkala herself thinks of this
probe, but she's sold her story to a tabloid show and by contract can't talk to
us before that story airs next week. Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
It wasn't just any old bill getting signed in Washington today.
Backers of the newest law on the books expect it will lower telephone, cable
t-v and computer service rates, AND create millions of new jobs.
But Len Besthoff reports it's not without its share of controversy.
IN Q=President Clinton
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00
SUPER=01-Jim Pfleger/NRV Net; :38
SUPER=01-Steven Shapiro/ACLU Legal Director; 1:04
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( President Clinton has signed the most sweeping reform of the
telecommunications industry in 62 years.
SOT THURS 4-5 FEED TOT 16:46:13
IN Q=This revolution
((BILL CLINTON: THIS REVOLUTION HAS BEEN HELD BACK BY OUTDATED LAWS DESIGNED
FOR A TIME WHEN THERE WAS ONE PHONE COMPANY, THREE T-V NETWORKS, AND NO SUCH
THING AS A PERSONAL COMPUTER.))
OUT Q=personal computer.
Among other things, it allows phone and cable companies to combine services,
ends federal controls on many cable T-V rates, and has provisions against T-V
Violence and the transmission of Adult Material on Computer Networks.
Internet providers say the law erases regulations that kept them from
serving people in rural areas.
IN Q=It means
((JIM PFLEGER/NRV NET: IT MEANS ALMOST IMMEDIATE ACCESS FOR THEM. IT WOULD
ALLOW US TO MOVE IN VERY QUICKLY WITHOUT ANY EQUIPMENT COSTS OR HIGH TARIFF
OUT Q=high tariff costs.
IN Q=But as
(( But as limitless as the possibilities may be with these reforms, they may
not go into effect right away.
Because, as promised, a number of civil liberties groups are challenging the
law's anti-smut provisions.))
OUT Q=anti-smut provisions.
The provisions are intended to keep indecent online material from minors.
But the American Civil Liberties Union says the term "indecent" casts too
wide a net.
SOT 16:48:11 from THURS 4-5 FEED
IN Q=If a
((STEVEN SHAPIRO/ACLU LEGAL DIRECTOR: IF A LAW GOES INTO AFFECT IT IS GOING TO
PROHIBIT MINORS FROM RECEIVING A GREAT DEAL OF INFORMATION WE ARE
CONSTITUTIONALLY ENTITLED TO RECEIVE AND THEN IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES IT MIGHT BE
LIFESAVING FOR THEM TO RECEIVE.))
OUT Q=for them to receive.
The ACLU says minors need access to information on AIDS prevention and
sexual abuse, for example.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
A 13-year-old California girl who ate poisonous mushrooms is in serious but
stable condition after life saving surgery.
Doctors attached part of a donor liver onto the girls liver in hopes it'll
help the old liver rejuvenate itself.
((DR. JOHNNY EMOND/PEDIATRIC LIVER TRANSPLANT PROGRAM: THE WAY THESE LIVERS ARE
ATTACKED THEY'RE IN COMPETITION FOR BLOOD FLOW AND WHICHEVER LIVER IS THE
HEALTHIEST WILL GROW AND DOMINATE.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Johnny Emond/Liver Transplant Program;
OUT Q=GROW AND DOMINATE.
The teen ate some of the world's deadliest mushrooms, known as death
caps- which had been mixed into spaghetti sauce.
Her family had picked them on an outing.
Other family members
also got sick, but not as seriously.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Coming up next on the newscast, it's back to school for most of the area's
And we'll meet some people who are getting a lease on life as they take
their doctor's advice to heart.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Craig County School Board might force- out its superintendent next
Tuesday, members narrowly passed a motion ASKING Dallas Helems (HELL-ums) to
But it doesn't look like Helems will go along with the board's wishes.
The superintendent would not comment on camera, but said he plans to fulfil
his contract... which has eighteen months left.
School board members could vote to terminate his duties during their March
meeting... but some are hopeful it won't come to that.
IN Q=I feel a hundred
((HETTIE FARLEY/CRAIG COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD MEMBER: I FEEL A HUNDRED PERCENT GOOD
ABOUT WHAT I HAVE ASKED FOR AND I HOPE THAT DOCTOR HELEMS WILL UNDERSTAND AND
THAT HE WILL RESIGN. ))
SUPER=01-Hettie Farley/Craig Co. School Board Member;
OUT Q=he will resign
The action was taken just two weeks after a fuel leak at Craig County High
Farley says she was disappointed with the way that situation was handled.
A week without classes is coming to a close for students in Roanoke city
and Roanoke County.
Tomorrow, both school systems will operate on their regular schedules.
Students who have enjoyed their break from the books... got in their last
licks this afternoon.
While workers were clearing snow from parking lots, officials were planning
for a productive return to the classroom.
IN Q=Hopefully, the chaos is short-lived
((DEANNA GORDON/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: HOPEFULLY THE CHAOS IS
SHORT-LIVED AND WHEN WE DO GET BACK TO SCHOOL AND FOCUS ALL OF OUR ENERGIES ON
INSTRUCTION, WE WILL STILL MAKE A GOOD YEAR OF IT. WE'LL DO SOME THINGS TO
OFFSET THE LOSS OF TIME AND TRY TO MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF OUR HOURS FROM HERE ON
OUT ARE PRODUCTIVE.))
OUT Q=are productive.
Most schools in western Virginia will be back in business tomorrow, though
many will operate on delayed schedules.
School officials in many localities are still deciding how to make up days
lost to the snow.
Tonight in sports, the City of Cleveland will lose its current NFL team, but
by 1999 it will a new one and its can keep the name Browns.
Mast gets the pole for the Clash.
And Harold Deane give s UVa a double overtime victory over N.C.State tonight
Those highlights and much more coming up after the scores.
IN Q=FIRST SCORE
OUT Q=...ST. LOUIS.
TAKE A BREAK
The Virginia Cavaliers had to work overtime last night in Raleigh to beat
N.C. State 84-to-82.
In fact it took the cavs two overtimes to put away the Pack.
SUPER=03-Raleigh, NC/HTS; :00
Things didn't look to good for the Cavaliers in regulation as they trailed by
as many as 13 in the first half.
But the Cavs battled back, and had a chance to win it at the end of
regulation. But with the score tied at 64-all, Harold Deane is called for the
The two teams played the first overtime to a draw.
But in the second OT, Deane made amends for the charge by hitting the game
winner on this 10 foot fadeaway.
SUPER=33-UVa/=84/NC State/=82/Double OT;
UVa wins it 84-to-82 in Double OT.
Deane finished the game with 29.
UVa has now won 11 straight overtime games.
The city of Cleveland has agreed to allow Art Modell to take his football
team to Baltimore, but he must leave its name behind!
The new agreement which will likely be ratified by the NFL owners gives
Cleveland a new team IN 1999, which will play in a brand new 220 million dollar
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/NFL Owners' Meetings; :00
Cleveland's mayor says the NFL would not have responded to the city if had
not been for its vocal fans.
IN Q="THEY HAVE SHOWN...
((MICHAEL WHITE/CLEVELAND MAYOR:))
SUPER=01-Michael White/Cleveland Mayor; :00
OUT Q=...SOME 50 YEARS."
Now that Art Modell will be able to move his franchise to Baltimore he's in
the market for a coach and he reportedly is trying to lure Don Shula out of
Yesterday's Washington Post says Shula and Modell have met and although he is
currently lukewarm on coming back, Modell says Shula didn't rule out the
possibility of coaching a team that is expected to be known as the Baltimore
The Atlantic 10 teams have been a lukewarm draw for Tech hoop fans so far
But that is about to change, at least from the students side of the Cassell.
Student ticket pickup for the February 17th game with number one U-Mass is
set for this coming Monday.
But students have turned the area around Cassell coliseum into a tent city -
camping out for tickets since the first of this week.
((ANDY CARROLL/VA. TECH FRESHMAN:))
((RUSH BLEVINS/VA. TECH SOPHOMORE:))
SUPER=01-Andy Carroll/Va. Tech Freshman; :00
SUPER=01-Rush Blevins/Va. Tech Sophomore; :09
OUT Q=...ALPHA SIGMA PHI.
One tent didn't withstand today's windy conditions, and the warmer weather
has turned the makeshift campground into a slushy mess. But no one is pulling
up stakes and leaving.
The weather continues to slow down the resumption of the high school
basketball schedule, but a few games were played tonight including one at
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Eagles vs. Celtics; :00
The Celtics entertained the Roanoke Valley Christian Eagles tonight.
The Eagles would come strong as expected as Eric Johnson finds Mark DeLong
with the cross court pass. And he drops in the layin.
Catholic would keep it close for awhile, as Brandon McCarthy hits the three
pointer from the corner giving the Celtics a 5 point lead.
Teron Reed would lead the Celtics upset bid tonight as he scored a game high
23 points - 2 on this stickback.
But the talented Eagles were too much in the end as they went by as many as
30 in the third. Mark Arbogast gets 3 of his team high 16, and Roanoke Valley
Christian wins it 75-TO-61.
The Winter storms that have plagued the area have simply destroyed the winter
High school basketball has really been deflated by the snow.
SS=high school hoops
In fact there are so many makeup game sin the Piedmont district that they
have decided that each team will play 2 more game sin the regular season,
forget out the makeups and then base the tournament seeding on winning
Starting positions for Sunday's Busch Clash were drawn yesterday, and Rick
Mast pulled out the number one starting spot.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL :00
After Rick unveiled his top draw, the rest of the field looked on as Jeff
Gordon unwrapped his car, and found a 17 on it - meaning he starts dead last in
the 29 lap - 50 mile dash for cash.
Here's the starting grid.
(/////Sports chyron motion/////)
Sports chyron motion
IN Q=RICK MAST
OUT Q=...Jeff Gordon.
You can watch the 20 lap dash for cash live Sunday at Noon right here on your
Still to come tonight some serious racing news as Roy Stanley checks in on
the SuperTruck series Henry County connection for 1996.
And the defending Winston Cup champ gets no respect at today's drawing for
starting spots for the BUsch Clash.
While those guys were clowning around at Daytona, Roy Stanley was in Henry
County checking in on a couple of former Cup competitors who are taking their
driving and engine building skills to the SuperTruck circuit.
IN Q="Joey Arrington
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Joey Arrington/Engine Builder; :15
SUPER=03-Bristol, TN/Last Spring; :20
SUPER=01-Jimmy Hensley/SuperTruck Driver; 1:06
OUT Q=........news 7 sports."
((Joey Arrington has been building engines for most of his life. But when his
father Buddy retired from Winston Cup in the late 80's his development work
with Chrysler increased and now the business keeps Joey in the garage seven
days a week.))
((JOEY ARRINGTON/ENGINE BUILDER: ))
Macbeth opens tonight on the Mill Mountain Theatre Main Stage. Tickets
$14-$18. Call the box office for tickets.
((Arrington has built motors for just about any cars that run on the NASCAR
circuit and some Late Model stock cars that run on the local tracks.
He's been a part of the Chrysler motor development program from the start.
And his new venture is providing motors for Dodge in the Super Truck series.
One of those motors will be in the Dodge truck owned by Greer Lackey and
driven by Ridgeway's Jimmy Hensley.
Hensley will run the full schedule in the Super Truck Division and he's
familiar with Arrington's work and anytime Hensley has a question all he has to
do is go across town.))
((JIMMY HENSLEY/SUPERTRUCK DRIVER: ))
((JOEY ARRINGTON: ))
((ROY STANLEY: ))
It's a traumatic experience, surviving a heart attack but it can mean the
beginning of new life.
Connie Stevens reports from Memorial Hospital of Martinsville, where the
CARE program is teaching cardiac patients how to really live.
IN Q=The cardiac rehabilitation
SUPER=01-Russell Lutz/Cardiac Patient; ::15
SUPER=01-Steve Stevenson/Cardiac Patient; :27
SUPER=01-Loretta Moyer-Clark/Cardiac Rehab. Specialist; :49
OUT Q=CS. News7, Martinsville.
(( The Cardiac Rehabilitation program is 12 weeks of education and exercise
....designed to get patients on track with their new heart healthy lives.
What they learn in the confines of this gym, will hopefully be a life-long
IN Q=I can tell
((RUSSELL LUTZ/CARDIAC PATIENT: I CAN TELL IF I LAY OFF FOR A WEEK AT HOME AND
DON'T DO ANYTHING AND THEN GO BACK OUT, IT ABOUT DOES YOU IN.
BUT IT DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN HOW YOU FEEL. IT REALLY DOES ))
OUT Q=it really does.
butt butt butt butt
IN Q=I took
((STEVE STEVENSON/CARDIAC PATIENT: I TOOK ONE ROOM IN MY HOUSE AND MADE IT AND
MADE A WORK-OUT ROOM, THE WIFE WORKS WITH ME, AND MADE A FAMILY THING OUT OF
OUT Q=out of it.
Patients are supervised by registered nurses-- their hearts are monitored,
and the room is wired straight to the hospital's I.C.U-- lending an element of
security to those who've already been through enough.
And the CARE program may mend the heart in more ways than one.
IN Q=It's not uncommon
((LORETTA MOYER-CLARK/CARDIAC REHAB SPECIALIST: IT'S NOT UNCOMMON AT ALL FOR
CARDIAC PATIENTS TO GO THROUGH A LOT OF EMOTIONAL CHANGES, AFTER HEART
ATTACKS, AFTER BYPASS SURGERY. AND THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS WE ZERO IN ON THEM.
OUT Q=in on them.
There are those who've had to be picked up in wheelchairs for their first
Three months later, and they are running, not sitting.
IN Q=This is one NAT SOUND
((THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES. IT MAKES YOU SWEAT A LITTLE BIT ))
OUT Q=a little bit.
Still, there's no guarantee for patients they'll never suffer another heart
The odds however, may be a good deal slimmer, with a little CARE.
Connie Stevens, News 7. Martinsville.