Up next on News 7 at Five-
A Roanoke man is beefing up his fight against city police. We'll tell you
what action he's taking.
An autospy determines how a Tech grad student died.
Plus Mike Stevens will have a report from the track in Daytona Beach.
As this snow maker leaves the area we get colder air and then another quick
moving storm may bring some snow Saturday night.
And on Health Check-- the right to privacy in the nursing home.
We'll have a report on romance, still thriving among the aging.
He is the man who says Roanoke police used excessive force during an
arrest Sunday morning. Now he calling for state and federal investigations.
GRAPHIC=NEWS-7 AT FIVE
Good Evening, this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The lawyer representing Steven Leftwich said he isn't satisfied with the
police department's internal review.
Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with the latest developments in this story.
Jean, Norfolk Attorney Harold Barnes says he will ask the U.S. Justice
Department to consider whether his client's civil rights were violated.
Barnes also wants the state attorney general's office to review the case...
and appoint a special prosecutor.
IN Q=One of the things
SUPER=01-Harold Barnes/Leftwich's Attorney; :00 quick
OUT Q=happened on that night.
IN Q=One of the things that we're looking
((HAROLD BARNES/LEFTWICH'S ATTORNEY: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE'RE LOOKING FOR
IS THE ABSOLUTE TRUTH, WHEREVER IT FALLS.))
OUT Q=wherever it falls.
Harold Barnes says he's looking for the truth, and he doesn't believe he
found it in the police department's internal review.
On Thursday, Roanoke Police Chief M. David Hooper said his officers and a
state trooper used reasonable force when they subdued Steven Leftwich early
Sunday morning on Campbell Avenue.
But Barnes says he isn't convinced.
IN Q=When you go to
((HAROLD BARNES: WHEN YOU GO TO THE POLICE ACADEMY, THEY TEACH YOU METHODS OF
TAKE DOWN SO THAT YOU ONLY USE THAT AMOUNT OF FORCE NECESSARY TO BRING THAT
INDIVIDUAL UNDER CONTROL. SO I SUBMIT TO YOU THAT HIS FACE IS A LIVING
TESTIMONY TO WHAT INDEED HAPPENED ON THAT NIGHT AND THOSE ARE NOT SELF-
OUT Q=self- inflicted injuries.
Barnes says the charges now pending against Leftwich should be suspended
until all of the investigations are complete.
Jean, he hasn't ruled out a lawsuit, either, but he says that decision will
An autopsy has determined the Virginia Tech graduate student who was found
dead on campus Tuesday apparently took her own life.
The body of 26 year- old Theresa Cortney Gillespie was found inside a
fenced- in R-O-T-C repelling area.
Virginia Tech spokesman David Nutter says lab reports indicate Gillespie
overdosed on sleeping pills.
Blood tests have also determined a RADFORD University freshman, 18 year-
old Valerie Cole died as a result of acute alcohol poisoning.
Cole was found dead in her dorm room Saturday morning.
She attended two fraternity parties the night before.
(Cie-Fi and Pie Kappa Fi) Chi Phi and Pi Kappa Phi have been suspended from
campus for alcohol violations pending the outcome of an investigation.
The body of a Roanoke woman is found in Botetourt County... and authorities
suspect foul play.
Thirty one year old Rebecca Jean Wright was reported missing more than two
Yesterday, she was discovered by two men searching for aluminum cans along
the banks of the James River-- about a mile from an interstate bridge.
Botetourt County Sheriff Reed Kelly says the cause of death is still not
known... adding that Wright's body was badly decomposed.
An autopsy was performed this morning.
Results will be released sometime next week.
Investigators still haven't determined the cause of a fatal house fire in
New Castle last month.
But the case is now closed.
Five year old Christopher Howard and his 3 year old sister, Harle (HAR-lee)
Howard locked themselves in a closet when the blaze started.
SUPER=03-Craig Co./January 30;
They died of smoke inhalation, despite rescue attempts by family and
Japanese search teams have pulled the first body from the rubble of a
The victim was a man crushed to death over the steering wheel of
his car as he drove to work.
It happened Saturday, when a huge slab of rock slid off a mountain and
crashed through the tunnel roof.
The gigantic rock buried the car and a bus carrying 19 people.
The digging continues as crews try to get to the victims on the bus.
So far no signs of life under the rubble.
The Groundhog was right-- winter is sticking around.
This morning's snow fortunately hasn't caused too many major problems, but
it still calls for some cautious driving.
The Hill City is seeing a little more accumulation than in the Roanoke and
New River Valleys.
Though this snow has only caused some fender benders--the Virginia Deparment
of Transportation says drivers may be fooling themselves.
Because this is a wetter snow and there's less accumulation than in the last
two storms--travelers are driving faster while the roads are getting slicker.
IN Q=People need to
((LAURA BULLOCK/VA. DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION; PEOPLE NEED TO SLOW DOWN. THEY
NEED TO TURN THEIR HEADLIGHTS ON AND BE VERY CAREFUL ON HILLS AND STARTING YOUR
CAR FROM A STOPPED POSITION. THE WHEELS CAN EASILY SPIN ON THE SLICK
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/Va. Dept. of Transportation;
OUT Q=slick surface.
Road conditions are worse as travelers go toward the New River Valley--but
drivers should be cautious of ice everywhere.
wipe wipe wipe
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
Roanoke opens the door for a proposed Rental Inspection Program-- we'll
tell you about it.
Plus the presidential wannabees are claiming victory after duking it out at
last night's Republican debate in New Hampshire.
Tonight on Health Check, a health care coalition in Roanoke joins forces
with one in Richmond.
All these stories and a report from Daytona-- when NEWS-7 at FIVE
One day after the Republican Presidential debate- the candidates are back
on the campaign trail.
SUPER=03-New London, NH;
Publisher Steve Forbes was off to a Rotary Club Breakfast early this
((STEVE FORBES/R- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I THINK IT WENT WELL. WE GOT OUR
MESSAGE ACROSS. NOW WE CAN GET AMERICA MOVING FORWARD, GET CONTROL BACK TO THE
SUPER=01-Steve Forbes/(R) Presidential Candidate; 00
OUT Q=back to the people."
Bob Dole joked about verbal attacks at the debate saying he should probably
put in for another purple heart.
The Senator got a purple heart when he was severly wounded during World War
But then Dole's comments took a serious turn.
((SEN. BOB DOLE/R- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I TRIED TO SAY LAST NIGHT IN 45-
SECONDS THIS IS SERIOUS BUSINESS. YOU'RE ABOUT TO SELECT SOMEBODY WHO'LL
PROBABLY BE THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR THE REPBULICAN
SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=for the Republican primary."
The New Hampshire primary is four days away.
The battle over abortion in the General Assembly went the way of abortion
rights supporters today.
A bill requiring parental notification for a minor daughter has House
approval -- and now faces a hostile Senate committee.
But today, abortion opponents tried to change the rules, and send it to a
IN Q=The reason
((SEN. MARK EARLEY/R-CHESAPEAKE: THE REASON IT NEEDS TO BE IN COURTS IS
BECAUSE OF THE SUBJECT MATTER OF THE BILL. AND THAT'S WHERE IT'S ALWAYS GONE
IN THE HOUSE. THAT'S WHERE IT USED TO GO IN THE SENATE UNTIL IT LOOKED LIKE IT
WOULD BEGIN TO PASS.))
((SEN. EDD HOUCK/D-SPOTSYLVANIA: IF WE START TINKERING WITH THE PROCESS JUST
BECAUSE WE CAN'T GET OUR WAY ON A GIVEN TOPIC. AND THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL
ABOUT. THE PEOPLE WHO ARE OPPOSED TO ABORTIONS DON'T WANT TO HAVE THIS BILL
HEARD IN THE EDUCATION AND HEALTH COMMITTEE. THAT'S WHAT THIS IS ALL ABOUT.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Mark Earley/(R) Chesapeake; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Edd Houck/(D) Spotsylvania; :11
OUT Q=all about. 2nd REF.!
The Rules Committee stopped the bill from moving on by an 8-to-7 vote.
GRAPHIC=roanoke city seal
Roanoke is proposing a plan that would mean city inspections of residential
units before they can be rented again.
Now the city's draft of the program is ready for public input.
The program would take place in the older areas of the city.
A public workshop is scheduled so residents and landlords can have a say
before the final draft.
IN Q=should a certificate
((MICHELLE BONO/ROANOKE CITY SPOKESPERSON: SHOULD A CERTIFICATE LAST FOR A
YEAR? SHOULD IT BE LONGER? SHOULD IT BE THREE YEARS? SHOULD IT BE SIX MONTHS?
THAT'S REALLY THE WHOLE INTENT. GET THIS PROGRAM OUT THERE. ASK PEOPLE IF
THIS IS REASONABLE FOR ALL PARTIES.))
SUPER=01-Michelle Bono/Roanoke City Spokesperson;
OUT Q=FOR ALL PARTIES
The workshop is March 7th at the Roanoke Civic Center Exhibition Hall.
Members of Total Action Against Poverty say the Inspection Program could
help reduce substandard housing.
Most vehicles have taken a beating this winter-- so what's the best way to
clean them up and protect them?
(patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
With the latest bout of snow comes the latest dousing of salt from the
roads, and that means trouble for your car.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us from Tanglewood Auto-Wash
Patrick, how important is it to get the salt off your vehicle?
SUPER=01-Mike Bell/Tanglewood Auto Wash;
(ROLL OVER INTERVIEW)
SUPER=01-Dick Eggleston/Dick's Auto Body;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
health music under
Stick around-- if you dined at the Jefferson Club and wanted to take home a
nice pair of salt and pepper shakers or some silverware-- today was your
But first-- even in nursing homes, romance is often still in the air.
On Health Check, a report on intimacy and sex among the aging.
IN Q=He came after
((HE CAME AFTER ME TO MY ROOM TO ASK ME TO GO TO LUNCH WITH ME. WHEN SHE
AGREED TO GO TO LUNCH WITH ME, I WAS TICKLED PINK. ))
OUT Q=I was tickled pink.
health bump next
Topping tonight's Health Check-
A new statewide health care organization has merged.
The new group is called Commonwealth Coalitions of Health.
It's made up of Roanoke's Blue Ridge Regional Health Care Coalition and
the Richmond area Business Group on Health.
A C-C-H spokesperson says it was created to stregthen health care on the
local level as well as help with legislation.
A health care coalition in Lynchburg is also slated to become a CCH
GRAPHIC=sex & the elderly
Today on Health Check-- love, intimacy and sex are not just for the young.
Older people, even those in nursing homes, still want sharing
As Dr. Emily Senay reports, many elderly people are enjoying love and sex
into their eighties and nineties.
IN Q=It's a perfect
SUPER=01-Grace Meltzer/Resident; :16
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Butler/Mt. Sinai Hospital; :50
SUPER=01-Dr. Emily Senay/Reporting; :59
SUPER=01-Dan Reingold/Hebrew Home for the Aged; 1:15
SUPER=01-Douglas Holmes/Hebrew Home for the Aging; 1:49
OUT Q=with each other. QUICK OUT
It's a perfect Valentines Day story...Herman, age 98 and Esther, ten
years younger, met and fell in love at new york city's herbrew home for the
Romance seems to blossom all year-round here...and residents are
anything but shy about their desires.
IN Q=I don't think
(( GRACE MELTZER, RESIDENT: I DON'T THINK YOU EVER LOSE THE NEED FOR INTIMACY
TENDERNESS. IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE PASSIONATE VIOLENT SEX LIKE IN THE TEENS BUT
THAT FEELING OF BEING TOGETHER OF TOUCHING OF INTIMACY, I THINK YOU NEVER LOSE
OUT Q=never lose that.
In fact, the need to touch seems to only grow stronger with the passing
Doctor Robert Butler is chief of the International Longevity center at
New York's Mount Sinai Hospital.
IN Q=One of the
(( DR. ROBERT BUTLER, MT. SINAI HOSPITAL: ONE OF THE BIGGEST MYTHS THAT OF THE
CONSEQUENCE OF AGE ALONE
PEOPLE LOSE THEIR INTEREST OR DESIRE, CAPABILITY OR SATISFACTION IN
SEXUALITY, NOT TRUE.)))
OUT Q=not true.
It used to be that sex in the nursing home was discouraged. it was viewed
as a behavior problem. but the hebrew home for the aged has been at the
forefront of encouraging intimacy between residents. It has even gone so far as
to draft a policy that gives residents the right to sexual expression.
IN Q=The real desire
(( DAN REINGOLD/ HEBREW HOME FOR THE AGED:THE REAL DESIRE WE'RE TALKING ABOUT
HERE IS NOT SEX PER SE IT'S
INTIMACY. IT'S COMPANIONSHIP. IT'S FEELING THE NEED FOR HUMAN TOUCH AND IF
HUMAN TOUCH LENDS ITSELF TO SEXUAL EXPRESSION... WONDERFUL. ))
IN Q=Here we
(( GRACE MELTZER, RESIDENT: HERE WE ARE IN THE 80S AND SOME OF US IN THE 90S
AND WE ARE TALKING ABOUT PHYSICAL SEX... THEY THINK IT'S IT'S DISGUSTING THAT
OLD PEOPLE SHOULD FEEL THAT WAY.))
OUT Q=feel that way.
They are younger americans, a generation or two younger.
IN Q=I think that
((DOUGLAS HOLMES/ HEBREW HOME OF THE AGED: I THINK THAT THERE'S A
MISAPPREHENSION OUT THERE IN THE WORLD
THAT THE NURSING HOME IS SOMEHOW THE END OF LIFE.))
OUT Q=of life.
So how does age improve love?
IN Q=You know young
(( DR. ROBERT BUTLER MT. SINAI HOSPITAL: YOU KNOW YOUNG PEOPLE ARE DRIVEN BY
BIOLOGY AND IT'S VERY
ATTRACTIVE AND EXCITING. BUT HOW ABOUT THE PARTNERS' FEELINGS? WHAT ABOUT
SKILL, EXPERIENCE? WHAT ABOUT HUMANITY, INTIMACY, CLOSENESS, THAT'S ACQUIRED.
THAT'S SOMETHING THAT YOU LEARN. SO, OLDER PEOPLE OFTEN HAVE THE MOST
TOUCHING, THE MOST FANTASTICALLY BEAUTIFUL RELATIONSHIPS WITH EACH OTHER.))
OUT Q=with each other.
That was Dr. Emily Senay.
More and more long term care facilities are warming up to giving their
residents the freedom to do what comes naturally...no matter what age.
In Sports-- The Winston Cup cars got in their next to last practice session
for the upcoming Daytona 500.
Mike Stevens talks with two of the favorites in Sunday's race in tonight's
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL; :17
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/0-17 in the Daytona 500; :36
SUPER=01-Sterling Marlin/1994 & 1995 Daytona 500 Winner; 1:21
OUT Q=nice weekend everybody.
go to break
(go to break)
Now that the Jefferson Club is closed in downtown Roanoke, the landmark
must liquidate most of its inventory.
December 23rd the restaurant with a bird's eye view of the valley closed.
Today everything was auctioned off.
SOT interview tape 12:15:14
IN Q=every item
((ED HALL/HALL ASSOCIATES, INC.: EVERY ITEM, EVERY KITCHEN ITEM, EVERY PIECE
OF FURNITURE THAT WAS IN THE JEFFERSON CLUB ALL FURNISHINGS EVEN INCLUDING THE
DRAPERIES AND CHANDALIERS. ))
SUPER=01-Ed Hall/Hall Associates, Inc.; :07
OUT Q=AND CHANDALIERS.
Hall says some of the big ticket items were kitchen equipment and
The snow is causing some school cancellations tonight.
take school watch
(toss to robin)
(robin tosses to jean)
It looks like an automotive grave yard... but sometimes looks can be
double boxes Jean/Keith
Keith Humphry joins us from the newsroom with a look at Shredded Products in
Jean, when plans for the plant were first announced there was some
opposition from residents.
But it seems most of those complaints have died down.
Shredded Products is proving to be a solid corporate citizen, according to
And now the company is hoping to step up production.
double boxes Jean/Keith
Scott Prince has more on the story tonight on News 7 at six.
(ad lib bye)