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A local high school athlete is attacked by three other teens.
This doctor won the nobel prize- but he may wind up in prison. We'll tell
Plus you've got to see it to believe it. We'll show you the world's
laragest chocolate chip cookie.
And the cold Easter forecast. News 7 is next.
An attack today on a Patrick Henry High School athlete.
The baseball player was severely injured by blows to the head and a bite on
the stomach. Three other teens face charges.
A nobel prize winning doctor is now charged with child sexual assualt.
Authorities say the doctor molested a 15 year old- and possibly more children
over a 20 year period.
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Here's one for the chocolate lover.
The World's largest Chocolate chip cookie.
Don't count the fat though. This cookie has more than two tons of butter.
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He is a doctor known for dedicating his life to cure illness.
Now the Nobel Prize winner is under arrest- accused of child sexual abuse.
As Gary Reals reports, the alleged abuse may have gone on for decades.
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SUPER=01-Scott Rolle/State Attorney; :09
SUPER=07-Dr. Daniel Gajdusek; :43
OUT Q=Eyewitness news."
Dr. Daniel Gajdusek is about to become more widely known, allegedly for the
sexual abuse of teenagers.
((SCOTT ROLLE/STATE ATTORNEY: HE'S BEEN CHARGED WITH FOUR COUNTS, TWO OF CHILD
ABUSE, TWO OF UNNATURAL PERVERTED SEX ACTS.
The 72 year old pediatrician won the nobel prize in 1976 for work on
developing a cure for a rare disease found in primitive tribes who practice
cannibilism. Gajdusek has been deeply involved in research on Mad Cow disease.
He was arrested at his home upon returning from a trip to Paris and Budapest.
PEPORTER: DID YOU HAVE SEXUAL CONTACT WITH ANY OF THE CHILDREN THAT YOU
GAJDUSEK: NO, UNLESS YOU CALL A HUG, A KISS SEXUAL CONTACT.
According to documents, Gajdusek has imported 56 children from the South
Pacific. Specifically Micronesia and New Zealand, to live with him.
ROLLE: IT'S BEEN ABOUT 20 YEARS THAT HE'S BEEN DOING THIS. REPORTER: AND IN
EACH CASE HE BRINGS THEM FROM ABOARD TO LIVE WITH HIM AND GET EDUCATED? ROLLE:
THAT'S CORRECT. SOME OF THE INDIVIDUALS HE HAS BROUGHT OVER ARE FULLY GROWN
ADULTS NOW IN THEIR THIRTIES. WE'RE LOOKING TO TALK TO AS MANY AS WE CAN AND
THAT'S WHAT WE'LL BE DOING IN THE NEXT COUPLE OF WEEKS.)) At least four youbng
people, including a 14 year old girl, were living with him at the time of his
A member of the Patrick Henry High School baseball team was attacked by
three other students at the school this morning.
The victim was not identified, but police say he was severely injured by
blows to the head and a bite on the stomach.
The three assailants were all dressed alike in identical plaid shirts,
black jeans and white tennis shoes.
The city prosecutor plans to file felony charges against the three ages
15, 16 and 17.
Authorities don't seem to know why they attacked the P-H senior who was
treated and released from the hospital.
A day for sorrow and for looking ahead in Oklahoma City-
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President Clinton visited the site of the federal building bombing today-
almost one year after the blast.
He walked with children who were injured in the day care center, and later
helped dedicate a new center.
The President says goodness has overcome evil in Oklahoma City and the
victims will not be forgotten.
Federal agents spent a third day searching a cabin in Montana-
for any type of evidence in the Unabomber case.
So far they've found a typewriter and other items that may have been used by
Meanwhile Theodore Kaczynski remains in jail- charged with possessing bomb
making parts. He is not seeking bail.
A special investigation team is on its way to Croatia to
to try to figure out why a plane went down.
The jet crash killed Commerce Secretary Ron Brown and 34 others.
Investigators are assembling in Germany and will arrive at the scene
((GLYN DAVIES/STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN: THE TEAM HAS ALREADY BEGUN
RESEARCHING MAINTENANCE RECORDS OF THAT PARTICULAR T-43 AIRCRAT. THE CIVILIAN
VERSION BEING THE 737. ))
SUPER=01-Glyn Davies/State Dept. Spokesman;
OUT Q=BEING THE 737."
The investigators arrive in Croatia the same day the bodies of the American
victims arrive in the United States at Dover Air Force Base.
Statements made by a Roanoke man charged with setting fires in Old Southwest
WILL be admissible in court.
21 year old Phillip Orren and his attorney tried to suppress statements
Orren made to police before his arrest.
Gretchen (Knob-Block) Knoblauch says Orren's low I-Q and alleged police
intimidation should make his early statements inadmissible.
But the circuit court judge denied the motion, ruling the officers took all
the steps necessary to protect Orren's rights.
The judge DID grant the defense a second psychological evaluation.
Orren will undergo more competency tests at the end of the month.
A January fire in Roanoke that killed four children and their grandmother
prompted calls for a review of the city's rental inspection program.
And Roanoke officials announced today they are making some policy changes.
The plans came out of a workshop the city held recently for landlords and
The new program calls for the city to provide inspections in designated
neighborhoods on a routine schedule.
The goal- to have each rental unit inspected at least once every two years.
The city also wants to encourage property owners to take part in the
scheduled inspection program, by providing the first inspection and the next
two at no charge, if the rental unit passes.
The city will hold another workshop on the plan Monday night.
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Coming up on News 7 at 11--
A former deputy is in trouble for allegedly taking an inmate's credit card
and running up the bill.
Also--Take a look at this! Even the cookie monster would have problems
with this monster cookie.
Toss to Robin
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Fire broke out at the Salem Wal-Mart this morning.
Authorities say it appears suspicious.
The fire started in the rear of the West Main Street store at about 1:30
Smoke was coming from the building when firefighters got there.
But the sprinkler system was activated, and the fire was soon out.
Several workers inside got out safely.
No word on how much damage was done. The store DID re-open.
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It appears a six year old boy set a fire that gutted a Lynchburg home last
Fire officials say the boy was playing with a lighter in a back room of the
house when he accidentally ignited some papers.
The blaze quickly spread through the rest of the house at 8-10 Wise Street,
as firefighters spent more than an hour bringing it under control.
Encouraging more community involvement and working closer with area
That's what the new president of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College wants
Richard Teaff took on the position in July of last year.
And as Jay Moore reports the president is taking charge of change at the
IN Q=He's bringing
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SUPER=01-Richard Teaff/D.S.L.C.C. President; :10
OUT Q=News 7
(( He's bringing a whole new meaning to Community College.
For the last nine months, Richard Teaff has been busy trying to find out
what the community expects of Dabney.
IN Q=One of the
((ONE OF THE THINGS WE'RE GOING TO BE DOING IS STARTING A LONG RANGE PLANNING
PROCESS. THAT INVOLVES OUR FACULTY, STAFF, AND REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE
COMMUNITY SO WE CAN SEND THE COLLEGE INTO THE NEXT CENTURY. ))
OUT Q=the next century.
Before coming to Dabney, Teaff served as vice president and dean of a
college in New York.
Teaff says he wants to make the two- year college a center of activity for
IN Q=We've been talking
((WE'VE BEEN TALKING TO INDIVIDUALS AND ORGANIZATIONS ABOUT HAVING DINNER
THEATERS ON CAMPUS, HAVING PLAYS AND CONCERTS AND OTHER ACTIVITIES TO BRING THE
COMMUNITY TO THE COLLEGE. ))
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Working with local businesses is also important to Teaff.
He wants the college to continue to provide specialized training programs.
IN Q=We're bringing
((WE'RE BRINGING THEIR POTENTIAL EMPLOYEES INTO PROGRAMS AND PROVIDING THEM
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS AND TESTING AND HELPING THOSE INDIVIDUALS COMPANIES EMPLOY
THEIR NEW WORKFORCE.))
OUT Q=new workforce.
IN Q=While Teaff holds
((WHILE TEAFF HOLDS BIG PLANS FOR THE FUTURE, HE SAYS ONE THING WON'T CHANGE
AND THAT'S THE COLLEGE'S COMMITMENT TO BUSINESSES AND INDUSTRIES IN THE
SURROUNDING AREA. IN CLIFTON FORGE, JAY MOORE, NEWS 7. ))
The thefts occurred last summer. The money's been paid back. And the
suspect left the force three months ago.
But a Roanoke County grand jury today returned a single-count indictment
today against a former sheriff's deputy.
It charges William Gerald Lucas, Junior with credit card theft.
He's accused of taking an inmate's credit card out of the property room at
The theft went undiscovered until inmate Robert Dallas wanted to know why
there were charges on the bank card that was supposed to be locked up.
IN Q=We do
((SHERIFF GERALD HOLT: WE DO ADMINISTER COMPLETE PSYCHOLOGICAL EVALUATIONS,
PRIOR CRIMINAL HISTORY BACKGROUND, WE INTERVIEW FORMER EMPLOYERS, ALSO
INTERVIEW REFERENCES FROM THE COMMUNITY AND WE HAD NO INDICATIONS THAT THIS
PARTICULAR INDIVIDUAL MAY BE A PROBLEM FOR US.))
SUPER=01-Gerald Holt/Roanoke Co. Sheriff
OUT Q=for us.
Lucas apparently won't con-TEST the charge.
His lawyer says it was a "stupid mistake."
Attorney Tom Blaylock says Lucas has paid back about 13-hundred dollars
charged to the stolen credit card.
In one month, Lynchburg residents will choose from among eight candidates to
fill five seats on city council.
All the council hopefuls were at Nationwide Insurance today to talk with
employees at a company-sponsored reception.
Both incumbent mayor Jim Whitaker and the council's lone Democrat Junius
Haskins are unopposed for re- election.
That hasn't stopped them from hitting the campaign trail.
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((JIM WHITAKER/LYNCHBURG MAYOR: EVEN THOUGH I'M UNOPPOSED, I CAN'T TAKE THIS
ELECTION FOR GRANTED, AND I NEED TO DO WHAT EVERBODY ELSE IS DOING. THERE ARE
SOME PEOPLE WHO USED TO BE ON COUNCIL WHO TOOK IT FOR GRANTED WHO ARE NO LONGER
ON COUNCIL, AND I WANT THE PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT I'M INTERESTED IN THEIR NEEDS.))
((JUNIUS HASKINS/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: IT'S ALSO IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE
RECOGNIZE IT'S THEIR VOTE THAT MAKES THE DECISION WHEN IT COMES TO ELECTED
OFFICIALS, WHETHER IT'S ON CITY COUNCIL, ON THE NATIONAL LEVEL OR ON THE STATE
LEVEL. AND THAT DRIVES THE INITIATIVE AS TO WHERE THE CONSENSUS IS ON
PARTICULAR PROBLEMS AND ISSUES.))
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SUPER=01-Junius Haskins/Lynchburg Council Member; :17
OUT Q=problems and issues.
Haskins says he's been busy getting people registered to vote.
The deadline is 5 p.m. Monday.
Governor George Allen says a new law will make it easier for women to see
their obstetricians and gynecologists.
Up until now, women insured by health maintenance organizations, have needed
approval to see an O-B G-Y-N specialist.
But Governor Allen signed a bill today that changes the H-M-O structure.
IN Q=Why spend the time
((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: WHY SPEND THE TIME IN THE WAITING ROOM FOR THE
APPOINTMENT? WHY SPEND THE MONEY ON TOP OF IT ALL TO SEE THAT PHYSICIAN WHO
WILL THEN SAY "NOW YOU CAN GO ON TO THE FOLLOW UP VISIT." ))
OUT Q=follow up visit
The Governor signed other medical bills today... including one that extends
hospital stays for mothers and their newborns.
Another law provides coverage for pap smears and mammograms.
Two Rocky Mount home manufacturers are BUILDING on their recent success.
Combined, Mod-U-Kraf and Fleetwood are making a ten-million dollar
investment in Franklin County.
In June, both will open additional facilities at the industrial park in
Studies show 25 percent of all new homes are a product of manufactured
IN Q=This plant
((JOE CAMPBELL/MOD-U-KRAF: THIS PLANT IS SMALL. WE NEED THE PRODUCTION SPACE.
WE'RE BUILDING A LOT OF BIGGER HOUSES. THE MARKET HAS CHANGED DRAMATICALLY OVER
THE YEARS SO THAT WE ARE ABLE TO BUILD THIS KIND OF PRODUCT ))
OUT Q=kind of product
Campbell says Mod-U-Kraf's new facility should up production by four times
its current rate.
Meanwhile Fleetwood hopes its new plant will allow the mobile home
manufacturer to double its output.
Both will hire an initial fifty to sixty employees.
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Straight ahead on News 7 at 11--
Hot on the trail of the legendary Beale treasure--Ed Easterling thinks he's
one step closer to the finding the riches.
We'll meet a dog born without paws. Staffers at the Roanoke S-P-C-A say
she will still make a great pet.
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Ed Easterling is putting aside his research and preparing to dig on 25
acres in Bedford County.
The author of a book on the Beale Treasure, Easterling has identified
property where he believes the legendary fortune of gold and silver may be
Beginning this weekend, Easterling and others will fan out with sensitive
metal detectors in search of the elusive treasure.
IN Q=There's always the rejection
((ED EASTERLING/TREASURE HUNTER: THERE'S ALWAYS THE REJECTION OF NOT BEING ABLE
TO FIND WHAT YOU'RE LOOKING FOR, BUT I'M EXCITED TOO BECAUSE THERE'S THAT
POSSIBILITY THAT WE MIGHT ACTUALLY HIT PAYDIRT AND FIND THE BEALE TREASURE AND
SOLVE THE MYSTERY ONCE AND FOR ALL.))
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OUT Q=once and for all.
Easterling's a Roanoke postal worker. He and the others he's recruited to
help will search on weekends.
He says it could take up to two years to conduct a thorough search of the
property, and determine whether the Beale Treasure is buried there.
A puppy born without paws can still be someone's best friend.
Roanoke veterinarians say the puppy will lead a fairly normal life.
This lab mix pup was found in a local dumpster about three days ago and
taken to the Roanoke SPCA.
The staff there says she has no problem running around but will not be able
to do a lot of walking on concrete, or jumping for frisbees.
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IN Q=She has no
((AL ALEXANDER/ROANOKE SPCA: SHE HAS NO SHOCK ABSORBERS BEING WITHOUT FEET.
AS SHE GETS OLDER AND HEAVIER, HER LEGS ARE LIKE POSTS.))
SUPER=01-Al Alexander/Roanoke SPCA;
OUT Q=are like posts.
Veterinarians predict she'll get to be about 40 pounds and be knee high.
She'd be best with a quiet family with a small, fenced- in backyard with
The Chief sets a record while the Hornets take a seat.
The Hillcats open in the cold, Jones talks about Irvin, and Earnhardt and
Rusty run some hot laps in Japan, and we check tonight's scores.
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We begin tonight with the Dallas Cowboys and their outspoken owner Jerry
Jones, who until today has had nothing to say about star Michael Irvin.
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Irvin is facing both marijuana and cocaine possesion charges after police
found the drugs in a hotel room he was sharing with a teammate and two topless
Jones admits his star is at least guilty of poor judgement.
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((JERRY JONES/COWBOYS OWNER:))
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OUT Q=...BETTER FOR IT.
The Charlotte Hornets honored the Chief and an got scalped by his Airness
tonight as they hosted the Bulls at the Hive.
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Hornets' center Robert Parish tied Kareem Abdul Jabbar's record for games
played in a career tonight when he stepped on the court to battle Chicago.
The 42 year old Grandfather, would start, score and at halftime receive what
else but a Grandfather clock.
But someone forgot to tell the Bulls about the party. Behind MICHALE Jordan
they led 20-TO-nothing, 42-to-15 and 73 to 34 at halftime. Bulls win
The Lynchburg Hillcats opened up the 1996 season in a chilly City stadium
tonight against Wilmington.
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What better way to warm one up on a cold night than with a hot dog!!
Only 1600 came out to brave the un-springlike conditions.
But those fans would see Lynchburg open the scoring in the third - Derek
Swafford rips a shot to deep center, over the fielder's head - Jon Farrell
would chug home with the run and Swafford would end up at third with a triple.
Adrian Brown would then slip one through eh first baseman's legs and send
But the cats commit 5 errors and allow Wilmington to come back and take a
Now let's check on the Avalanche and the majors.
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Many of the veteran umps skipped today's games to attend the funerla services
for national league umpire John McSherry collapsed on opening day in
More than a dozen umps plus family members and friends gathered in the Bronx
to pay their last respects to the 53 year veteran ump, who was buried in the
same cemetary where Billy Martin and Babe Ruth lie.
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The sports world has apparently dodged another near tragedy today.
gold medalist Florence Griffith Joyner was discharged from a St. Louis hospital
today after suffering a seizure while on a flight to the MIdwest.
Flo Jo's family is refusing to release any more details about the incident,
other than to say she is OK.
A couple of area golfers are right in the thick of things after two rounds of
the Tradition golf tourney, the first senior's major of the years.
J.C. Snead lead the event after shooting back to back 69s. Jesse Carlyle is
at 6 under par.
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Roanoke native Ed Sneed, who shared the first round shot a 75 to go with
yesterday's 65. He's now two shots back at four under par.
Lots of racing news coming up in just a minute a minute including
cancellation of the opening week at Franklin County set for tomorrow night.
Plus, Earnhardt and Rusty racing in Japan!!
The Franklin County Speedway's scheduled season opening weekend of racing set
for tomorrow night has been cancelled.
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Track Owner Whitey Taylor said tonight that a delay and mixup in having the
track's water system tested and approved by race time has forced him to shut
down the track tomorrow.
Whitey says things should be ready to go for the next week's activities on
The Busch Grand National series is in the spotlight this weekend in Hickory
North Caroline with the Sundrop 300 set for tomorrow.
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Points leader David Green won his fourth straight pole at HIckory by turning
in a lap of 88 point 393 miles an hour.
Green is the current points leader in the Busch Series and HIckory is the
smallest track on the series at 36 hundredths of a mile long.
The Winston Cup stars are off this week to enjoy the Easter break
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But Dale Earnhardt and Rusty Wallace may be a little late for church on
The two drivers have spent most of this week in of all places -Japan.
Dale and Rusty spent a couple of days in Suzuka City testing tires on a road
course for Goodyear.
A select group of Winston Cup drivers will stage the first ever stock car
race in Japan on November 24th in the Suzuka Thunder Special.
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((RUSTY WALLACE/DRIVER - PENSKE FORD:))
((DALE EARNHARDT/DRIVER - GOODWRENCH CHEVY:))
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OUT Q=...TIME HERE."
The Japanese also have a Ford Thunderbird ready to race at the track,
although right now it's a two seater so, curious about racing can get an
upclose look inside the car.
Virginia may be for lovers, but New Zealand is for CHOCOLATE lovers.
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That's the home of the world's largest chocolate chip cookie- 12 thousand
tons in all.
Cookie Maker Michael Mayell and his team of bakers smashed the record set
in the United States.
The cookie covers 5 thousand square feet.
And don't think about counting fat grams.
This creation has two and half tons of chocolate and two tons of butter-
plus 51 million calories. That's enough energy for the average woman to survive
Where do you bake a cookie this big- in a massive outdoor oven, twice the
size of a tennis court.