NEWS-7 AT FIVE is next...
IN Q=It was a
((IT WAS A BIG, BIG, BIG MISTAKE. ))
OUT Q=big, big mistake.
That's what the man charged with his estranged wife's murder says in
Plus the verdict is in for the RETRIAL of the Menendez brothers.
A strong storm system chills the spring party and will likely drop
temperatures into the 20's by tomorrow night.
On Health Check-- life can get a little dreary when you're stuck in the
hospital-- especially for kids.
We'll tell you about pet therapy, designed to bring in a little sunshine.
125 POUNDS of sunshine, that is.
The verdict is in for the Menendez Brothers- Guilty of first degree murder.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
A Los Angeles jury came back with its verdict this afternoon- convicting
Lyle and Eric Menendez.
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The brothers were charged with killing their wealthy parents in 1989.
Observers said there was little emotion when the guilty verdict was read.
((THERE REALLY WAS VERY LITTLE REACTION. EVERYONE IN COURT WAS NOTIFIED IF
THERE WERE ANY EMOTIONAL OUTBURSTS THEY WOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE COURTROOM.
THERE WAS VERY LITTLE REACTION. THEY JUST LOOKED AT THE JURY AND LOOKED DOWN. I
COULD NOT DETECT ANY EMOTION ON THEIR FACES.))
OUT Q=ON THEIR FACES."
Prosecutors argued the brothers killed their parents out of greed- They're
seeking the death penalty.
The brothers said they killed their parents to end years of abuse.
The jury returns Monday to begin the sentencing phase.
Until then, everyone connected with the case has been ordered NOT to talk.
The first trial ended in a hung jury.
A Christiansburg man is charged with murdering his estranged wife and
shooting his daughter after breaking into their home this morning.
Police say Michael Knowles forced his way in the back door.
During a struggle, his 18 year old daughter was shot in the finger, and her
mother, Angie Knowles, was shot in the abdomen and died during surgery.
Police say Michael Knowles also fired at THEM when they tried to talk him
into putting the shotgun down and surrendering.
((INV. BARRY O'ROURKE/CHRISTIANSBURG POLICE: AT ONE POINT HE CAME OUT WITH IT
AND THERE WERE SOME SHOTS EXCHANGED. THEN HE WENT BACK IN, THEN HE CAME BACK
OUT, THEY KEPT TALKING TO HIM AND FINALLY HE CAME BACK OUT AND THEN THE
OFFICERS SUBDUED HIM AND TOOK HIM INTO CUSTODY. ))
SUPER=01-Inv. Barry O'Rourke/Christiansburg Police;
OUT Q=took him into custody.
Angie Knowles and her children moved into the house at 109 Evans Street
when she and her husband separated about a month ago.
After his arrest Michael Knowles told News-7 the shooting was a big
A fund has been established at First National Bank of Christiansburg for
their four children.
The young drunk driver who struck and killed a teacher last year in Roanoke
County was locked up this afternoon.
Though the 16-year-old pleaded for a chance to stay home and perform
community service, Judge Phil Trompeter committed him to the department of
youth and family services.
It is what is called an indeterminate committment, that is, the court did
not order a set period of incarceration.
However, the prosecutor says typically such cases result in about a
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./December 14, 1995;
The Glenvar high school student had a blood alcohol level of point-2-1, the
night he ran into teacher Bonnie Kitts, as she was walking with her husband.
A controversial "disaster drill" at Memorial Hospital in Martinsville may
be dealt with in court.
Four nurses are seeking criminal charges against several people involved in
Attorney James Shortt of Floyd represents three of the women.
He says he advised the nurses to seek criminal charges after the
Martinsville Commonwealth's Attorney and Police Department refused to
investigate what happened.
Shortt believes the pretend gunmen and some hospital officials should be
charged with assault, kidnapping reckless endangerment and conspiracy.
Danville Attorney Bob Morrison represents nurse, Holly Posey (POE-ZEE).
IN Q=What they did
((BOB MORRISON/ATTORNEY:WHAT THEY DID IN THIS CASE WAS TAKE FIVE WOMEN, WHO AS
FAR AS I KNOW HAVE NEVER BEEN EXPOSED TO THIS KIND OF THING, GET ALL THE MEN
OUT OF THE EMERGENCY ROOM, AND SEND THESE PEOPLE IN THERE WITH MASKS AND GUNS,
THAT IS NOT A DRILL, THAT IS AN EXERCISE IN MASS TERROR AS FAR AS I'M
SUPER=01-Bob Morrison/Attorney; :00
OUT Q=i'm concerned.
Shortt says a civil suit will be filed if the hospital refuses to pay for
He says the nurses are undergoing psychiatric counseling.
Hospital officials declined comment saying they weren't aware of the
A Ferrum College running back is running into problems with the law.
Lonnie David Anthony was charged over the weekend with two counts of assault
and battery... and faces an additional charge of trespassing.
Anthony is accused of getting into a scuffle with a college security guard.
The next day he was arrested in connection with an on-campus fist fight.
Not only was he thrown off the team, he was thrown out of school.
Anthony is free on bond.
He'll stand trial next month.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE...President Clinton will NOT have to
travel to Arkansas to testify in the Whitewater trial.
Plus Steve Smallshaw has a live report on ways Lynchburg is trying to reduce
runoff, and clean up the rivers and streams in the Hill City.
On Health Check-- selecting the safest playground for your children.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has some ideas on what to avoid.
Also-- Today is National Agriculture Day.
Patrick is down on the farm with a report, later on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
President Clinton will testify in the Whitewater trial- but not in person.
He'll testify on tape.
The White House says it accepts an order requiring the President to testify
In today's order the judge rejected Clinton's request to see the questions
ahead of time.
His lawyer says the President is ready to cooperate.
A clean sweep in Four Midwestern states helped Bob Dole clinch the GOP
Now he's looking ahead to the West Coast.
((AND CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME! CALIFORNIA HERE WE COME!))
OUT Q=California here we come! double out!!
California is expected to be a major battle ground during the general
((SENATOR BOB DOLE/R- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I BELIEVE WE CAN DO BETTER IN
AMERICA. I KNOW WE CAN DO BETTER IN AMERICA. I BELIEVE THE UNITED STATES IN ON
THE VERGE OF GETTING BETTER AND BETTER AND BETTER. WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT
FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE. WE CAN'T HAVE FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE WITHOUT REPLACING BILL
CLINTON IN THE WHITE HOUSE.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=in the White House."
Last night's win pushed the delegate count four over the 996 needed for the
Cleaning up Lynchburg's river and streams means overhauling the city's sewer
system. It's a task that'll take 20-years and 200 million dollars to complete.
Steve Smallshaw joins us live to tell us more. Steve?
Jean, eliminating Lynchburg's sewer overflow problem
involves more than the average taxpayer's pocketbook... thousands of homes will
be affected as well.
IN Q=Put simply
SUPER=01-Terry Reid/Lynchburg Public Works; :18
OUT Q=may be more expensive.
(( Put simply, the problem is this: whenever it rains too hard, Lynchburg's
sewer pipes overflow...dumping contaminated water into area streams.
The solution requires, among other things, limiting the amount of rainwater
that goes into the sewer system.
That's where thousands of Hill City residents can help out.
IN Q=It's been estimated
((TERRY REID/LYNCHBURG PUBLIC WORKS: IT'S BEEN ESTIMATED BY ENGINEERS THAT
DISCONNECTING OUR GOAL OF 75 PERCENT OF THE RAINLEADERS IN THE CITY WILL REDUCE
THE VOLUME OF CSO BY 18 PERCENT.))
OUT Q=by 18 percent.
In other words, any home where the rain gutter dumps its water directly into
the city sewer system will have to be disconnected.
The solutions range from installing a simple splash plate to channelling the
water away from the home in an underground pipe.
Starting this fall, the city will pay homeowners who voluntarily do the
work.. 150 dollars for every downspout that's disconnected.
IN Q=And we feel
((REID: AND WE FEEL THAT 150 DOLLARS IS AN AVERAGE COST OF WHAT IT WILL COST TO
DISCONNECT ALL OF THE RAINLEADERS IN THE CITY. SO WE KNOW SOME OF THEM MAY BE
CHEAPER BUT SOME OF THEM MAY BE MORE EXPENSIVE.))
OUT Q=may be more expensive.))
So the financial incentive is there, but to get the most residents involved
means having to explain a fairly complex problem.
We'll tell you how the city is going about that task at 6. Jean?
Without the farming industry most of us would not have the basic necessities
((PATRICK EVANS: COMING UP NEXT ON NEWS 7 AT FIVE, WE'RE GOING TO TELL YOU
ABOUT ONE VIRGINIA'S MOST IMPORTANT INDUSTRIES, FARMING. AND THAT'S NO BULL.))
OUT Q=and that's no bull.
stocks bump next
Agriculture is still one of the most important aspects of Virginia's
economy, and the Nation's as well.
Today Patrick Evans profiles Agriculture Week, as sponsored by members of
the Franklin County Farm Bureau.
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SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :15
SUPER=01-Joyce Tyce/Red Angus Farmer; 1:05
OUT Q=News 7 at Five.
health music under
An off-court controversy interrupts Georgetown's preparations for the
round of Sweet 16. Mike has a report in tonight's Ticker.
On Health Check-- Community Hospital in Roanoke has some new furry friends--
These pets are certified therapists.
Their job-- to do what they do naturally-- spread good cheer and offer
IN Q=This is just
((THIS IS JUST REALLY IMPORTANT FOR THE CHILDREN TO HAVE SOMETHING POSITIVE TO
LOOK FORWARD TO IN THE HOSPITAL. ))
OUT Q=in the hospital
health bump next
When it comes to playgrounds, a little padding may go a long way.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission says that's one reason
indoor play areas at many malls and restaurants are actually safer for
The group says padded floors and those large tubes kids can crawl through
reduce the risk for injury.
But at the same time, the C-P-S-C says it's worried about slides emptying
into pits of balls.
A 13-year-old boy who buried himself in a ball bin died last year after
children using a slide landed on him.
The report also stresses the need for adult supervision at play areas.
Community Hospital of the Roanoke Valley has unleashed its new team of
They spent the day visiting kids in pediatrics-- offering some moral
support and....licking a few hands.
It's the Pet Pals program, using trained dogs for psycho-social therapy.
IN Q=OPEN NAT SOUND
SUPER=01-Amber Via/CHRV Patient; :20
SUPER=01-Janice Wilmer/Therapy Dog Trainer; ::44
SUPER=07-Michelle Edwards; 1:24
SUPER=01-Joan Allan/CHRV Occupational Therapist; 1:54
OUT Q=as they do.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
Meet Star, Emma, and Annie-- and of course, Boogie Bear and Goliath.
These are the newest therapists enlisted to make life a little more
pleasant for the kids in pediatrics.
By all accounts, today's session-- the first of a now weekly schedule-- was
IN Q=They're big and
((AMBER VIA/CHRV PATIENT: THEY'RE BIG AND THEY'RE TREATED NICE AND THEY KNOW
WHAT TO DO. ))
OUT Q=they know what to do.
These dogs have been through extensive testing, to insure they can calmly
withstand being poked, pulled, hugged and kissed.
IN Q=They have to
((JANICE WILMER/THERAPY DOG TRAINER: THEY HAVE TO BE FAIRLY GOOD TEMPERAMENT
AND FAIRLY WELL TRAINED OF COURSE I'M NOT ALWAYS SURE ABOUT THESE GUYS-- AND
THEY HAVE TO KNOW THEIR BASIC OBEDIENCE COMMANDS.
AND GENERALLY THEY JUST NEED TO BE FAIRLY CALM. IF THEY'RE TOO EXCITABLE THEN
IT GETS THE CHILDREN OR THE ELDERLY PERSON OR WHOEVER THEY'RE VISITING UPSET.))
OUT Q=visiting upset.
The hope is to give these kids just a positive experience, to prove that
the hospital doesn't have to be all that bad.
Using simply the powers of touch, and love-- these dogs can quickly turn
the course of a day spent in bed.
IN Q=Alot of
((MICHELLE EDWARDS/CHRV PATIENT FAMILY SPECIALIST: ALOT OF THE TOUCH CAN BE
NEGATIVE WHEN YOU'RE IN THE HOSPITAL. SO WE TRY TO STRIVE TO PROVIDE QUALITY
CARE TO BE SENSITIVE ESPECIALLY WITH
CHILDREN BUT HAVING PETS AND POSITIVE INTERACTIONS WITH PLAY OR OTHER
ARTS AND CRAFTS TYPE ACTIVITIES
ANYTHING THAT CAN HELP NORMALIZE THE CHILDREN'S EXPERIENCE IN THE HOSPITAL
IS VERY VERY IMPORTANT. ))
butt butt butt
IN Q=Dogs make
((JOAN ALLAN/CHRV OCCUPATIONAL THERAPIST: DOGS MAKE YOU FEEL WONDERFUL, THEY'VE
GOT UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. IT DOESN'T MATTER WHAT'S GOING ON MEDICALLY OR IF
YOU'RE HAIR IS FALLING OUT OR IF YOU'VE GOT IV'S AND TUBES AND THE KIDS FEEL
WONDERFUL ABOUT IT.
THE OWNERS OF THE DOGS HAVE BEEN TRAINED TO DEAL WITH WHAT THEY MAY SEE HERE IN
THE HOSPITAL AND THE OWNERS LOVE BEING ABLE TO TAKE THEIR DOGS AND BRING THEM
OUT AND SHOW THEM TO PEOPLE WHO WILL LOVE THEIR DOGS JUST AS MUCH AS THEY DO.))
OUT Q=as they do.
two-shot Jean & Connie
March Madness isn't just happening on the basketball court.
Mike tells us what's going on with the Georgetown HOyas in tonight's
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the midweek ticker.
Let's begin with some March Madness involving the Georgetown Hoyas basketball
The Hoyas are in Atlanta preparing for the east regional semi-final matchup
with Texas Tech.
But their preparations were interrupted today when news surfaced that head
coach John Thompson had withdrew his application for a gaming license in Las
Thompson had wanted to become a part owner of a casino that operates slot
machines at the Vegas airport.
But the NCAA and University president the Reverend Leo O'Donovan asked him to
IN Q="This is my president...
((JOHN THOMPSON/GEORGETOWN HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-John Thompson/Georgetown Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...surprise to anybody."
You can catch the Hoyas in action against Texas Tech tomorrow night at 7:30,
that game will be followed by the Wake Forest-Louisville game at 10:30.
Friday night you can catch MISSISSIPPI state and U-Conn, plus the Georgia
The magic number for the Roanoke Express is now two...as in two points.
Frank Anzalone's team needs that many digits to finish the regular season in
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00
Last night, the Express gained a point in a 4-3 shoot out loss to the
South Carolina Stingrays.
Rays goalie Sean Gauthier turned away 39 shots to lead his third place
team to victory.
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=just wasn't to be"
Of course Anzalone is talking about Dave Stewart and Ilya Dubkov. The
Express's final two games of the regular season face off this Friday in
Charlotte and then in Raleigh Saturday.
Coming up at six, Roy Stanley checks in with the Virginia Lady Cavaliers as
they prepare for the sweet 16.
Plus we'll take a look at a wild day at the microphone for the men's teams
taking part in NCAA pregame newsconferences.
Have a good night everybody.
take a break
Remember Rubik's Cube...the famous brain-teaser of the "Star Wars"
SUPER=03-Miami Beach, FL;
Well it's back, but with a difference...
This special edition, unveiled last night in Miami Beach, is made up of 185
The price tag....one million dollars!!!
Guess you could say the biggest puzzle is how to pay for it!
(toss to robin)
(robin tosses to jean)
A reign of terror from the sky has Virginia agriculture officials fighting
Tonight on NEWS-7 at Six--Virginia livestock farmers are literally up in arms
about black vultures killing their calves and lambs.
So to facilitate shooting them, the state Agriculture Department is pushing
for the black vulture to be stripped of its federal protection.
That would mean NO limit on the numbers that could be killed nationwide.
That's all if Virginia is successful in its quest.
Join Keith Humphry for the story and more news in just one half hour on NEWS
7 at SIX.