Up next on News 7 at Five-
Gunfire erupts at a Scotland school today- 16 students are dead.
Steve Forbes may call it quits. We'll have the latest.
Plus a dog comes to the rescue. using its paw to dial 9-1-1.
One more sunny, mild day tomorrow then rain clouds move in on Friday.
On Health Check-- some re-organization for a hospital in our region.
Plus, today's topic-- addiction-- and battling drug and alcohol abuse.
Children are supposed to be safe at school.
But that wasn't the case today in Scotland-
A gunman opens fire killing more than a dozen kindergarten students.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
In all 16 children are dead along with a teacher and the suspect.
Residents of the Scotland town say the gunman was a loner who ran an
Athletic club for boys but scared some of them away.
Vicki Mabrey reports from the small town that is still in shock.
SUPER=03-Dunblane, Scotland; :00
SUPER=01-Vicky Mabrey/CBS News; 1:23
OUT Q=CBS News, London."
((There was relief for the parents of some Dunblane primary school
students. Their children were safe. Others received the worst
news a parent can ever hear: that their child had been killed.
For those students able to walk away there was fear and
Concerned townspeople raced to Dunblane primary school as soon
as word of the shootings became known. Shortly after 9:30 this morning -- 4:30
eastern time -- 43-year-
old Thomas Hamilton, a loner from a nearby town, entered the
school's gymnasium, carrying four handguns -- and reportedly
attempted to take his own son hostage. A few minutes later,
Hamilton opened fire on the four, five and six year olds inside.
In addition to those killed, as many as 17 children were injured
-- some critically. After the massacre, Hamilton turned the gun
Dunblane, near the Scottish Highlands, is described as the kind
of town all of us want to live in. Its seven-thousand residents
are in shock.
I'M NUMB, I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE SOMETHING LIKE THIS COULD HAPPEN.
I JUST CAN'T BELIEVE IT. MY COUSIN'S ... JUST CAN'T
BELIEVE IT, JUST HOPE HE'S ALRIGHT. I'M GOING TO GO SEE IF HE'S
VICKI MABRY/CBS NEWS: VIOLENCE INVOLVING GUNS IS NOT AS PREVALENT IN GREAT
BRITAIN AS IT IS IN AMERICA. THIS TRAGEDY IS SAID TO BE THE WORST SHOOTING
INCIDENT INVOLVING A LONE GUNMAN EVER IN BRITISH HISTORY.
VICKI MABREY, CBS NEWS, LONDON.))
GRAPHIC=middle east peace
President Clinton led world leaders in a call to fight terrorism.
He is at the Summit for Peace at a seaside resort in Egypt.
The mission-- to condemn terrorism.
IN Q=WE HAVE
((WE HAVE COME TO SINAI TO DELIVER ONE SIMPLE UNIFIED MESSAGE- PEACE WILL
OUT Q=PEACE WILL PREVAIL."
A wave of terrorist attacks in Israel prompted this summit.
But some say today's meeting was big on words- not on action.
One thing that was accomplished- World leaders pledged to cut off the flow
of money to terrorists.
President Clinton will travel to Israel later today after the summit.
Israeli officials say they did receive warnings from the Militant Group
Hamas that it plans to carry out a fresh attack during the President's visit.
Here in the United States, the former Ambassador to Kuwait says the threat
should be taken seriously.
Nathaniel Howell spoke to Roanoke County high school students.
IN Q=It has been said
((NATHANIEL HOWELL/FORMER AMBASSADOR TO KUWAIT: IT HAS BEEN SAID IN CASES
WHERE TERRORISTS ARE WILLING TO DIE. IT IS HARD TO BE ABSOLUTELY SURE BUT I'M
CERTAIN THE U.S SECRET SERVICE AND ISRAELI'S WILL DO ALL THEY CAN TO PREVENT
THAT AND LET'S HOPE THEY SUCCEED BECAUSE THIS IS NOTHING BUT A SPOILING
SUPER=01-Nathaniel Howell/Former Ambassador to Kuwait;
OUT Q=a spoiling action.
Howell is trying to help students understand that many problems in the
Middle East stem from ancient conflicts.
Top elected and appointed officials in Roanoke County spoke out today in
favor of the 37- million dollar bond issue for schools.
County voters will have their say in a referendum April Second.
Double Boxes=Jean & Joe
But tonight, Joe Dashiell reports the proposal is also generating plenty of
Jean, the bulk of the bond issue is earmarked for construction of a new
Cave Spring High School...
but it also includes more than five million for improvements at other
And supporters say the quality of public education in the county is at
IN Q=It was the county jail
SUPER=01-Don Terp/Bond Issue Opponent; :33
OUT Q=not getting our money's worth.
((It was the county jail not Cave Spring High School that provided the
backdrop for this news conference.
Officials who back the bond issue say an investment in education is a vote
IN Q=We're standing in front
((BOB JOHNSON/SUPERVISORS CHAIRMAN: WE'RE STANDING IN FRONT OF THE ROANOKE
COUNTY SALEM JAIL IN FRONT OF THE COURT SYSTEM HERE. AND THE ONE THING I HAVE
TO SAY ABOUT EXPENSES... I YOU THINK EDUCATION IS EXPENSIVE, WAIT UNTIL YOU SEE
THE PRICE TAG OF IGNORANCE.))
OUT Q=price tag of ignorance.
But opponents of the bond issue say the issue isn't so simple.
While there's no question Cave Spring High School is cramped they argue
there are less expensive alternatives.
SOT TERP 00:52:25
IN Q=I've always been for education
((DON TERP/BOND ISSUE OPPONENT: I'VE ALWAYS BEEN FOR EDUCATION AND I'M STILL
FOR EDUCATION, BUT I THINK WE SHOULD GET OUR MONEY'S WORTH. I THINK THE BIGGEST
PROBLEM WITH EDUCATION TODAY IS WE'RE NOT GETTING OUR MONEY'S WORTH.))
OUT Q=money's worth.))
Supporters will be speaking to civic groups, and holding another major
community meeting at Cave Spring High School on the 25th.
Double Boxes=Jean & Joe
But Jean, we'll also be hearing much more from opponents as we close in on
the April 2nd referendum.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on NEWS-7 at Five--the field of G-O-P wanabees could shrink,
as early as tomorrow.
And here's a tale that'll make you smile, man's best friend saves his
On Health Check-- a new idea for treating alcoholism.
Plus, methamphetamine use is on the rise, bringing along some dangerous
The Roanoke Civic Center is busy preparing for many back-to-back events.
It must transform the roundhouse into a concert hall among other things.
Patrick has the low-down--as NEWS-7 at FIVE continues.
Despite saying he'll hang around through the midwest primaries, it appears
Steve Forbes will call it quits.
His campaign manager confirms the millionaire publisher has decided to drop
out of the Republican presidential race.
An announcement is expected tomorrow.
Forbes was trounced in yesterday's Super Tuesday Primaries by Bob Dole.
Pat Buchanan says he'll fight to the finish all the way to the Republican
convention in August.
Wythe County administrator Billy Branson IS going to court over a January
15th board of supervisors meeting he says was illegal.
Former chairman Mark Munsey held the meeting in his business office.
Branson asked him to produce minutes of the meeting or publicly apologize.
So far Munsey has done neither, though he has admitted no minutes were
Branson, who was asked to resign after the meeting, wants to know what was
said about him so he can decide whether he may be a victim of discrimination.
((BILLY BRANSON/WYTHE CO. ADMINISTRATOR: I PROBABLY WILL NOT PURSUE ANYTHING IN
THE STATE COURT EXCEPT FOR THEM TO PRODUCE THE MINUTES. IF THEY HAVE VIOLATED
ANY OF MY FEDERAL RIGHTS I'LL PURSUE IT IN FEDERAL COURT. ))
SUPER=01-Billy Branson/Wythe Co. Administrator;
OUT Q=in federal court.
Branson has accepted a retirement package and will step down in September.
A judge sentenced a former Halifax County preacher today for fraud.
45- year old Jonathan Frizzelle was ordered to spend 14- years in prison.
Once he's released, he'll also have to make 19-thousand dollars restitution.
A fellow minister and used car salesman were among his victims.
Authorities say Frizzelle would sign for loans to buy vehicles and expensive
He apparently got into trouble because he would then sell the items without
notifying or paying the bank.
Workers at an Alabama bank won't forget this day anytime soon.
Not only was the bank robbed, but the workers were locked in a vault.
Police caught up with the suspected robber outside the bank with cash
stuffed in his pants.
But the man would not tell police if he acted alone.
A SWAT team was called in-- two hours passed before police went in
and freed the workers.
No one was hurt.
The Roanoke Civic Center staff has been on its toes, keeping up with the many
diverse events billed at the facility.
(Patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
The Roanoke Civic Center is frequently a busy place, but it is now more
than ever- with productions like "Jesus Christ Superstar" as well as the
Express Games going on throughout the month.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans is at the Civic Center with a closer look at how it handles
all the events taking place.
SUPER=01-Chris Powell/Marketing Director;
(ROLL OVER INTERVIEW)
out=last shot pan.
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
health music under
Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at Five, Virginia Tech talks about tomorrow's big
game from Big-D.
Tonight's Health Check focuses on substance abuse.
From alcoholism, to the growing use of methamphetamine-- the newest drug
of choice that's even more addictive than heroin.
IN Q=It's really tough
((IT'S REALLY TOUGH. YOU STILL HAVE NIGHTMARES AND YOU STILL THINK ABOUT IT A
LOT. AND YOU STILL DREAM ABOUT IT THE HIGHS, AND THE DRUGS. ))
OUT Q=and the drugs.
health bump next
Researchers have presented the medical community with a new idea for
The idea behind it-- alcoholism and depression go hand in hand.
IN Q=I'd get
SUPER=01-Barbara Holler/Recovering Alcoholic; :04
OUT Q=anti-depressant medication. really quick out!!!!!
IN Q=I'd get depressed
((BARBARA HOLLER/RECOVERING ALCOHOLIC: I'D GET DEPRESSED AND I'D DRINK AND THEN
THE ALCOHOL WOULD MAKE ME MORE DEPRESSED AND IT WAS JUST ONE BIG CATCH 22 THAT
I COULDN'T GET OUT OF.))
OUT Q=out of.
About half of all alcoholics have an underlying psychiatric illness such as
depression, which women are six times more likely to experience.
IN Q=You can think
((DR. ALEXANDER VUCKOVIC/MCCLEAN HOSPITAL: YOU CAN THINK OF ALCOHOL AS A
MAGNIFYING GLASS WHICH DOUBLES OR TRIPLES SOMEBODY'S RISK OF HAVING ANOTHER
PSYCHIATRIC PROBLEM. ))
OUT Q=psychiatric problem
For years, the standard treatment for alcoholism was abstinence.
But as many as 40- percent of depressed patients fell off the wagon.
Now a study in today's Journal of the American Medical Association shows
that doctors who treat alcoholics with anti-depressants have a high success
81-percent had significant relief of their depressive symptoms and only
eight percent suffered a relapse.
IN Q=Our research
((DR. BARBARA MASON, UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI: OUR RESEARCH HAS SHOWN THAT FOR MANY
PEOPLE, THE DEPRESSION WON'T
GO AWAY WHEN THEY STOP DRINKING UNLESS IT IS TREATED WITH ANTI-DEPRESSANT
OUT Q=anti-depressant medication.
Also in the area of addiction--
The use of the drug methamphetamine-- or speed-- is rising fast.
Usage in the western part of the country is epidemic-- and it's spreading
And it's not the same drug that was around in the 1960's.
Now it's called crank or meth-- and it's more potent and dangerous than
ever-- as people are smoking, snorting, and even injecting it.
SOT **starts on bite**
IN Q=The longest
SUPER=01-Melissa Ashby/Former Addict; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Dennis Weis/Powell Chemical Dependency Center; :39
SUPER=01-Dr. Rizwan Shah/Pediatrician; 1:18 quick!!
OUT Q=don't cry.
IN Q=The longest
((MELISSA:THE LONGEST I STAYED UP WAS LIKE 7 TO 8 DAYS WITHOUT ANY SLEEP OR
EATING. AND I STARTED SEEING PEOPLE IN THE TREES AND THE WORST TIME IT EVER GOT
WAS I GOT A GUN BECAUSE I WAS GOING TO SHOOT THE PEOPLE IN THE TREES AND THERE
WAS NOBODY OUT THERE. ))
OUT Q=out there.
Methamphetamine is often made in makeshift labs by starting with the drug
ephedrine, found in over the counter asthma medications, cold medications and
pep pills and then mixed with various chemicals. The drug stimulates the
central nervous system, the brain, and allows a person to stay alert and feel
But then the "down" is much deeper than for other stimulants causing severe
depression, hallucinations, even mental illness.
IN Q=You know
((DR. DENNIS WEIS: YOU KNOW THE OLD THING ABOUT THE "SPEED FREAK." THERE'S AN
AMPHETAMINE INDUCED PARANOID SCHIZOPHRENIA. THAT IS UNIVERSAL, I DON'T CARE
WHO YOU ARE, IF YOU USE ENOUGH METHAMPHETAMINE FOR A LONG ENOUGH PERIOD OF
TIME, AND THAT CAN BE AS SHORT AS TWO WEEKS, YOU WILL EXPERIENCE THAT. ))
OUT Q=experience that
Methamphetamine costs about the same as cocaine but the high lasts much
longer accounting for its popularity. But users quickly develop a
tolerance for the drug, making it much more addictive than either cocaine or
And hospitals are seeing more babies born addicted to methamphetamine.
((DR. SHAH: METHAMPHETAMINE BABIES CLASSICALLY IN THE FIRST SIX WEEKS ARE
SEVERELY DEPRESSED BABIES. THESE BABIES SLEEP 20 HOURS OUT OF 24, THEY HAVE
HEART RATES THAT ARE SLOWER DOWN, THEY HAVE DEPRESSED RESPIRATORY EFFORTS.
THEY DON'T WANT TO WAKE UP TO EAT, THEY DON'T CRY. ))
OUT Q=they don't cry.
A new study finds 50 percent of children exposed to methamphetamine show
aggressive behavior and are at risk of being hyperactive.
A bill introduced in Congress yesterday would control many of the
chemicals used to make methamphetamine.
Alleghany Regional Hospital is merging some of it's operations.
The fourth and fifth floor medical units will be combined-- the hospital
says it will mean more direct care to patients.
SUPER=03-Alleghany Co./File Tape; :
The move will leave 25 people out of work, there though.
The hospital says as health care changes, fewer people are coming in for
surgery, or are in for shorter stays.
The hospital is still trying to increase its business-- a nursing facility
and a rehabilitation unit are both being considered, as is expanding
The Roanoke Express won a big one in the Roundhouse last night.
Mike has highlights as well as a pre-game news conference with the Virginia
Tech Hokies--in tonight's Ticker.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the day before the start of the big
March Madness shifts into first gear tomorrow afternoon at 12;10 right here
on your hometown station with opening round round action from Dallas as top
seeded Kentucky takes on San Jose State.
SUPER=03-Dallas/This Afternoon; ;00
The Hokies play Wisconsin-Green Bay at 2:30 tomorrow at Reunion Arena.
This afternoon head coach Bill Foster and the players met the media for a
half hour, and Foster says Tech should have a decisive size advantage.
IN Q="they force you...
((BILL FOSTER/VA. TECH HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...in the game."
This is Tech first trip to the NCAA's since 1986, but the players say they're
not in awe.
IN Q="I don't....
((TRAVIS JACKSON/VA. TECH CENTER:))
SUPER=01-Travis Jackson/Va. Tech Center; :00
OUT Q=...IN BIG GAMES."
Don't forget Tech and Green Bay tip off at 2:30 tomorrow.
The Roanoke Express has the wrest of the week to prepare for this
Saturday's east Divisional battle with Charlotte.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00
Last night, Roanoke produced yet another multiple goal performance in
beating Johnstown 4-1 at the Round House. The team registered a season high 47
shots in the victory.
The Express won without two of it's toughest players. Dave Stewart sat out
because of torn ligaments in his right wrist.
Jason Clarke began his three game suspension for excessive game
misconducts last night. The Express's appeal was rejected by league
Commissioner Pat Kelly this afternoon.
Without the tandem, Craig Herr took over the leadership and fighting duties.
IN Q="I think
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:I THINK YOU HAVE TO GIVE A LOT OF CREDIT TO
CRAIG HERR. HE HAS REALLY EMBRACED THE CAPTAINCY AND TAKEN OVER A TOUGH DUTY.
HE'S DONE A TREMENDOUS JOB. FOR A GUY WHOSE ONLY GOT 60 TO 70 PERCENT SKILLS HE
MAKES UP FOR IT WITH A LOT OF DESIRE. HE'S A TREMENDOUS LEADER AND YOU HAVE TO
GIVE A LOT OF CREDIT TO HIM. HE REALLY LED THIS TEAM AND DID A GREAT JOB.))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...great job"
Roanoke moves to 4th place in the East Division, one point a head of hampton
Roads. The Express has 5 games remaining and all are divisional games.
Coming up at 6; more from the Hokies, but there is more news 7 at to come.
see ya at six!!
A special Irish Setter named Lyric isn't just her owners's best friend-
She's her lifesaver.
A New Hampshire woman is alive today because of her Irish setter.
When Judy Bailey's oxygen tank unplugged while she was sleeping Lyric came
to the rescue by dialing 9-1-1.
IN Q=WE HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY.
OUT Q=IN THE BACKGROUND.
Bailey was unconscious when paramedics arrived but they were able to revive
her within minutes.
(toss to robin)
(robin tosses to jean)
There are at least TWO counties in Virginia that have never had a
full-fledged FEMALE law enforcement officer on the road.
double boxes Jean/Keith
Keith Humphry says they're about to fix that.
Right, Jean. Bedford and Amherst Counties will each have a woman in the
patrol car by early summer.
The new sheriff in BEDFORD county introduced his candidate for a road
deputy position this afternoon.
Wendy Finch hasn't been through the police academy yet, so Amherst County
is actually one- up on Sheriff Mike Brown.
The new sheriff there- -Jimmy Ayers- -expects his first female road deputy
to be OUT of the academy May 24th.
double boxes Jean/Keith
More on all this on NEWS- 7 at SIX.
(ad lib bye)