Up next on News 7 at Eleven-
A violent day at Lewis Gale Hospital- A man apparently kills his wife and
then turns the gun on himself.
Tonight we'll hear from the couples neighbors- who say they may understand
a possible motive behind the shootings.
Also tonight- Dan Rostenkowski finds out his sentence.
And wintry weather cancels the Avalanche game. News 7 is next.
Salem police are still trying to determine a motive behind an apparent
murder suicide today at Lewis Gale hospital.
Police say Frank (Newts) Neutze shot his wife Miriam in her hospital room
and then turned the gun on himself.
Both were 71.
Neighbors say it may have been a mercy killing.
((JILL STOCKWELL/NEIGHBOR: SHE WANTED TO GO HOME AND THAT WAS HER GOAL, TO GO
HOME, AND I THINK IT WAS POSSIBLE THAT FRANK FELT LIKE SHE WAS NEVER GOING TO
COME HOME. ))
OUT Q=come home
More on that story, Plus the warmer forecast. Join us for News 7 at
Salem Police have more digging to do before they know the motive behind a
murder suicide that happened midday.
One thing that separates this case from most others is that it happened
inside a hospital room.
Len Besthoff has the details.
IN Q=It was
SUPER=01-Bill Downey/Lewis Gale Hospital President; :40
SUPER=01-Jeff Dudley/Salem Deputy Police Chief; :57
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( It was just another routine day at a rehabilitation unit at Lewis Gale
Hospital, until two shots rang out in room 402.
There a staffer found Miriam Neutze of Lexington, and her husband Frank,
both 71, both with bullet wounds to the head.
IN Q=A preliminary
((JEFF DUDLEY/SALEM DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF: A PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION INTO THIS
MATTER HAS DETERMINED THAT THE MALE SUBJECT SHOT THE FEMALE SUBJECT, AND THEN
TURNED THE GUN ON HIMSELF.))
OUT Q=on himself.
The shots from Frank Neutze's 38 caliber revolver killed his wife
immediately, he died an hour later.
Neutze was visiting his wheelchair bound wife, who had been in the hospital
since late January for treatment of a heart condition and other health problems
that were not life threatening.
IN Q=It was my
((BILL DOWNEY/LEWIS GALE HOSPITAL PRESIDENT: IT WAS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT HE
WAS A REGULAR VISITOR. I DON'T KNOW HOW MANY TIMES, WHAT OCCURRENCE, BUT THIS
WAS A ROUTINE VISIT.))
OUT Q=routine visit.
Police spent most of the day searching for a motive in this apparent murder
At this point they won't say it was pre-meditated, but did find a note left
in the hospital room.
IN Q=There was
((JEFF DUDLEY/SALEM DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF: THERE WAS A NOTE LEFT ON THE
WINDOWSILL OF THE ROOM, GIVING INFORMATION TO THE DAUGHTER'S PHONE NUMBER, BOTH
AT WORK AND AT HOME.))
OUT Q=life threatening.
Police say an initial check of the couple's history has no indication of any
They add that the incident was confined to the patient's room, and no
hospital employees witnessed the shooting.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
The incident has left friends and neighbors of the Neutze's shocked and
Kimberly McBroom spend the evening talking with some of them.
Kim, do they seem to have any insight as to why this might have happened?
Well Jean, we spoke with several neighbors who seemed to agree it could have
been a mercy killing.
They say Frank Neutze had fallen into a depression when his wife became
sick, fearing she wouldn't return home.
IN Q=After moving
SUPER=01-Anne Babb/Neighbor; :45
OUT Q=couldn't be without the other
(( After moving from New Jersey, this was home to Frank and Miriam Neutze
for nearly a decade.
Neighbors say Frank, a former attorney, played golf and often worked in his
Miriam, who was known as "Betty" to her friends-- was active in the
But last year, Miriam suffered an aneurysm, had surgery, and was confined
to a wheelchair.
And with her illness-- came Frank's depression.
((JILL STOCKWELL/NEIGHBOR: I JUST KNOW HE WAS VERY UNHAPPY AND IT WAS SO
PAINFUL FOR HIM TO SEE HER, AND I COULD SEE IT IN HIM EVERY DAY, AND IT WAS
GETTING WORSE. ))
Those who knew her say Miriam was kind and generous-- often leaving gift
baskets at her neighbors' homes.
((ANNE BABB/NEIGHBOR: SHE WROTE THE MOST BEAUTIFUL NOTES TO YOU-- I MEAN, WE'D
HAVE A NEIGHBORHOOD PARTY AND SHE'D WRITE, "WHAT A WONDERFUL PARTY, YOU WERE SO
KIND, YOU WERE SO WONDERFUL-- SHE JUST WENT ON AND ON. ))
The Neutze's have three daughters--
Neighbors describe them as a "loving family."
((STOCKWELL: I JUST KNOW THAT FRANK AND BETTY WENT TOGETHER. I KNOW THEY WERE
AS ONE, AND ONE COULDN'T BE WITHOUT THE OTHER. ))
Jean, the neighbors told us they'd heard Miriam may have had to enter a
nursing home because of her condition.
And they believe Frank feared she would never be able to come back home.
An UNAVOIDABLE tragedy.
That's how Lewis- Gale officials describe today's murder suicide.
At the police briefing, hospital president Bill Downey addressed security
Downey says Lewis Gale currently has security guards working around the
clock-- plus 24 hour surveillance cameras.
But visiting hours for the rehabilitation unit are not strictly enforced...
plus, Downey says, there was no way of knowing that Frank Neutze (NEWTS) posed
any threat to his wife.
IN Q=I think
((BILL DOWNEY/LEWIS GALE HOSPITAL: I THINK AS YOU LOOK AT THE ISSUE AT WHAT'S
HAPPENING IN SOCIETY AND SOME OF THE THINGS HAPPENING AROUND US, IT WAS AN
UNAVOIDABLE TRAGEDY. ))
SUPER=01-Bill Downey/Lewis Gale Hospital;
OUT Q=unavoidable tragedy
Officials from other local hospitals say they'll make a case study out of
this incident... possibly enabling them to avoid similar situations.
Even still, they say THIS shooting is unique.
IN Q=In certain
((MIKE BALLANTYNE/CARILION HEALTH SYSTEMS: IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, EVENTS
OCCUR THAT YOU JUST CAN'T PREPARE FOR. AND IN THOSE SITUATIONS YOU'RE REALLY
FOCUSED ON HOW YOU CAN HELP PEOPLE DEAL WITH THE SITUATION AFTER THE FACT. ))
SUPER=01-Mike Ballantyne/Carilion Health Systems;
OUT Q=after the fact
The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration is already
studying the feasibility of metal detectors at hospital entrances.
OSHA says the study is in response to recent threats on health care workers.
Lynchburg city council tonight delayed a decision on whether to allow
Bedford County back into the Blue Ridge Regional Jail project.
Bedford needs the approval of the other four participating localities before
it can rejoin the project.
Council voted 5- 2 to postpone its decision for another two weeks.
IN Q=I think it's
((LARRY CAREY/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: I THINK IT'S AN EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
ISSUE THAT ALL OF US NEED TO TAKE TIME ON AND EVALUATE AND THEREFORE I WOULD
PROPOSE THAT WE DEFER THIS ISSUE TO THE NEXT COUNCIL MEETING.))
SUPER=01-Larry Carey/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=next council meeting.
Council members Jim Whitaker and Junius Haskins voted against tabling the
The panel also heard from more than a dozen different non- profit agencies,
that hope to get a piece of the city's block grant money.
They included organizers of Lynchburg's midnight basketball league, which
hopes to start play this summer.
IN Q=Midnight basketball
((BLANCHE VALENTINE/ORGANIZER: ))
SUPER=01-Blanche Valentine/Organizer; :00
OUT Q=a safe environment.
The city has about one million dollars in grant money available...but more
than two million dollars in requests.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, President Clinton gets a long awaited present,
Hearings in the Oklahoma bombing case begin,
and former Congressman Dan Rostenkowski is heading to prison for corruption.
We'll tell you for how long when we return.
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MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Almost one year after the Oklahoma City Bombing- the case is making its way
Dave Fehling reports from Denver.
SUPER=03-Denver, CO; 00
SUPER=01-Stephen Jones/Defense Attorney; 43
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/CBS News; 1:11
OUT Q=CBS News, Denver.
((Before sun-up, marshalls caravaned the Oklahoma City bombing defendants
into the Federal Courthouse in downtown Denver for the first of many pre-trial
A Federal Judge moved the proceedings here from Oklahoma because he said
Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols had been demonized in the local media.
In court, defense attorneys argued for more access to
government evidence...including memos from an FBI chemist who tested Mc-Veigh's
Frederick Whitehurst is the same chemist who's name came up in the OJ Simpson
trial after he alleged that some FBI lab tests were flawed.
Prosecutors said Whitehurst isn't relevant, the defense said it was too early
Defense lawyers also want access to classified CIA reports done shortly
after the bombing of the Murrah Building.
STEPHEN JONES, DEFENSE ATTORNEY:
The trial itself wont likely start until this fall at the earliest. It is
presenting a security challenge for Denver. Authorities who've put up strictly
enforced no-parking areas around the courthouse as well as big, cement planters
to prevent suicide car bomber attacks.
DAVE FEHLING: TIMOTHY MCVEIGH, ALLEGEDLY THE ONE WHO ACTAULLY DROVE
THE TRUCK FULL OF EXPLOSIVES, IS SAID TO BE IN GOOD SPRIITS AND LOOKING
FORWARD TO TELLING JURORS THAT HE DIDNT DO IT. DAVE FEHLING, CBS NEWS
He used to be the head of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee.
Now the Chicago Democrat is sentenced to 17 months in prison- and a 100
thousand dollar fine.
Dan Rostenkowski pled guilty to two corruption charges in Washington Federal
((DAN ROSTENKOWSKI/FORMER CONGRESSMAN: I HAVE ENTERED THIS PLEA OF GUILTY
BECAUSE THE TIME HAS COME TO PUT THIS BEHIND ME AND MY FAMILY.))
((NO ONE IS ABOVE THE LAW INCLUDING THOSE PEOPLE WHO MAKE THEM A GUILTY PLEA BY
CONGRESSMAN ROSTENKOWSKI CONFIRMS THIS BASIC PRINCIPAL OF OUR SYSTEM OF
SUPER=01-Dan Rostenkowski/Former Congressman; 00
SUPER=01-Eric Holder/U.S. District Attorney;
OUT Q=OUR SYSTEM OF JUSTICE."
Rostenkowski complained that he had been singled out for prosecution. He
says the actions he admitted to are done all the time by other members of
A new law that gives the president more power.
President Clinton signed a bill to approve the line-item veto today.
((THE NEW LAW WILL GIVE THE PRESIDENT THE POWER TO CANCEL SPECIFIC SPENDING
ITEMS AND SPECIFIC TAX LOOPHOLES THAT BENEFIT SPECIAL INTERESTS.))
OUT Q=benefit special interests.
The new legislation goes into effect January first.
American presidents have sought the veto power for over one hundred years,
and Clinton gave credit to former presidents for their support of the bill.
Opponents say it gives the president powers that were meant for congress.
Roanoke County parents whose hopes for a new high school were dashed by
last week's referendum say they are not going away or giving up.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Week;;
Voters rejected the 37 million dollar bond issue that would have built a
replacement for Cave Spring High School and eased overcrowding in other
Today, south county parents criticized the supervisors for not doing more to
rally support for the bond issue. They also challenged the board to find
another way to address school needs.
IN Q=Put your minds together
((KIRK MARTIN/PARENT: PUT YOUR MINDS TOGETHER AND GET THE COUNTY BACK TOGETHER,
AND FIND A WAY TO ADDRESS THE NEEDS THAT WE'VE ALL IDENTIFIED IN THE SCHOOLS
THROUGHOUT THE COUNTY.))
((MARY NASCA/CAVE SPRING JUNIOR HIGH PTA: YOU AND ONLY YOU FIVE MEN HAVE THE
POWER TO DO IT RIGHT. PLEASE ALLOW OUR CHILDREN TO ATTEND A SCHOOL THAT MEETS
SUPER=01-Kirk Martin/Parent; :00
SUPER=01-Mary Nasca/Cave Spring Junior High PTA; :16
OUT Q=that meets state guidelines.
The supervisors say they intend to move quickly to develop a plan
acceptable to the entire county.
They may appoint a blue-ribbon commission. In two weeks the supervisors
will sit down with members of the school board to consider their options.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up a little later on the broadcast,
we'll tell you why David Letterman has to decide if he really wants to be a
Republican Senate candidate Jim Miller blasted a commission set up to fuel
the economy of Southwest Virginia and surrounding areas.
Jim Miller is challenging U-S Senator John Warner for the republican
Miller was addressing retirees in Christiansburg this afternoon.
Among the budget cuts he supports- abolishing the Appalachian Regional
Commission, which narrowly escaped the budget axe last year.
Miller says it's a wasteful agency that serves the rich.
((JIM MILLER/R- U.S. SENATE CANDIDATE: IT'S PROVIDING MIDDLE CLASS AND UPPER
CLASS SUBSIDIES UNDER THE GUISE OF HELPING THE APPALACHIAN AREA. IT HAS NOT
BEEN A SUCCESSFUL AGENCY. THEY REALLY OUGHT TO START OVER ON THAT. ))
OUT Q=start over on that.
Miller also supports abolishing the Department of Education and creating a
flat tax instead of the current income tax system.
He called on incumbent senator Warner to join him in a series of debates.
To hear the Virginia DEMOCRATS running for the U-S Senate tell it, the
growing disparity in Americans' incomes is the number one challenge facing the
Ellen Qualls has the story from today's debate.
IN Q=An underdog
SUPER=03-Virginia Beach; :00
SUPER=01-Nancy Spannaus/(D) U.S. Senate Candidate; :55
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Virginia Beach.
(( An underdog former Congresswoman fighting for political relevancy.
An extremist faction candidate with little hope of winning.
And a multimillionaire who's never run for public office.
It had all the makings for a nasty public brawl -- but that's a game being
confined to the Republicans right now.
Only a few punches were thrown in the Democratic ring.
sot 13:22:55 TAPE THREE
((MARK WARNER: I'M THE PRODUCT OF MIDDLE CLASS PARENTS AND VALUES. I
INHERITED NOTHING...HARD WORK AND PERSEVERANCE. I'M PROUD OF MY
ACCOMPLISHMENTS. AND WHILE I HAVEN'T SERVED THE PUBLIC, I DO HAVE A RECORD.))
sot 12:26:21 TAPE ONE
((LESLIE BYRNE: THE FACT IS , WHILE MARK HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT LIVING THE
AMERICAN DREAM, WE HAVE BEEN IN THE PROCESS OF DOWNSIZING THE AMERICAN DREAM.))
But this crew seems to be running more against the national GOP than against
each other-- and in Spannaus's case against a free market.
sot 12:55:57 TAPE THREE
((NANCY SPANNAUS: IN 1993, MR. LAROUCHE AND I PROPOSED A TAX ON DERIVATIVE
SPECULATION. BECAUSE IT WAS CLEAR... ALL OF OUR BANKS ARE SUBSCRIBED UP THE
WAZOO. MORE THAN THEIR ASSETS.))
((THIS SIDE BY SIDE COMPARISON COMES A LITTLE LATE FOR LESLIE BYRNE. A
MAJORITY OF DEMOCRATIC DELEGATES BEING SELECTED THIS WEEKEND HAVE PRE-FILED TO
SUPPORT MARK WARNER. BUT AS LESLIE BYRNE SAYS, IT'S ALL ABOUT WHO SHOWS UP.
ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7, VIRGINIA BEACH.))
The Salem Avalanche's first home stand of the season has not exactly been
full of redhot action.
In fact nothing about it has been redhot, or even warm for that matter.
After last night's rainy, cold opening night scenario, colder temperatures
and 20 mile an hour winds forced the Avalanche management to postpone tonight's
game and send home the few fans who had come to brave the cold.
IN Q="This field...
((SAM LAZZARO/AVALANCHE VICE PRESIDENT:))
SUPER=01-Sam Lazzaro/Avalanche Vice-President; :00
OUT Q=...THE PLAY BALL."
The Blue Rocks and Avalanche will play a doubleheader tomorrow night to make
the game up.
And speaking of the Masters, Arnold Palmer the man who helped make this the
greatest tournament in golf, arrived in Augusta yesterday for the unveiling of
a lifesize sculpture of himself.
The four time champ say the sculpture is called "Arnie's Charge."
Let's begin this morning with some college basketball news that is sure to
thrill Wake Forest fans.
Head coach Dave Odom said last night he has decided not pursue the N.C. State
job and stay at Wake Forest.
In fact the three time ACC coach of the year has signed a contract extension
with the Deacons.
Also, he said he believes star Tim Duncan will return for his senior season.
Odom says Duncan has already enrolled in Fall classes for next year.
The Lynchburg Hiilcats were also postponed tonight.
The Cats were supposed to open their first road swing tonight in Frederick,
Maryland against the Keys, but that game was snowed out.
The Virginia Tech and Radford baseball game was played last night but not in
the New River Valley.
The two schools hooked up on a chilly night in Danville.
SUPER=03-Danville/Highlanders vs. Hokies; :00
Radford wasted little time lighting up the scoreboard as they strike in the
top of the first inning with Chris Whiting singling up the middle and plating
Mike Lombardi for a 1-to-nothing lead.
The Hokies would to try to match that effort in the bottom of the inning, as
Number 7 Kevin Barker raps a two out triple to center field. He slides safely
into third, but is left stranded there.
The Highlanders added another run in the fourth as Chad Gordon singles to
right field. Chris Carr scrambles home SUPER=34-Radford/==8/Virginia
for a 2-to-nothing lead, and the HIghlanders hang on to beat the Hokies by a
score of 8 to 3.
On to the major leagues where Johnny Oates Texas Rangers remained unbeaten
and improved to 7-and-oh with a 3-to-2 win over the White Sox.
SUPER=03-Chicago, IL/Rangers vs. White Sox; :00
A chilly day in the shade at Comiskey Park, but the Rangers remain hot as
Kevin Elster gets the game winning hit with this long double to the wall in
Rusty greer wil score to break a two-all tie and the Rangers beat the White
Sox 3-to-2 to stay perfect on the year.
wipe to eng#
SUPER=03-New York, NY/Royals vs. Yankees; :00
It was an absolutely miserable day in the Bronx, as snow fell during the
entire Yankees-Royals game at times making it hard to even see the players.
Santa was even a little confused about the weather, but Jim Leyritz was not.
He went three for three and drove in the wining run as the Yanks beat the
SUPER=03-Detroit, MI/Mariners vs. Tigers;
No snow, but colder 34 degree temperatures in Detroit as the Tigers hosted
Cecil Fielder climaxed the homerun derby between the two teams with a grand
slam in the fourth.
The Tigers beat Seattle 10-to-9.
Still to come tonight, we'll head to Augusta, Georgia and check on today's
practice for the Masters.
Plus one week ago tonight the Express lost its final game of the season,
it's now about to lose it play by play man at week's end. Mason talks with
Woodburn right after this.
The man many consider the Roanoke Express' MVP will not be back next
Radio Play by Play man Tim Woodburn is leaving for greener pastures in the
Blue Grass state.
Steve Mason recently talked to Woodburn about the career move.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Tim Woodburn/Voice of the Express; :07
OUT Q=..News 7 sports"
((Tim Woodburn rarely turns away from hard work or a challenge.
((TIM WOODBURN/VOICE OF THE EXPRESS:))
Next season, he will call games for the AHL's Kentucky Thoroughblades at
Rupp Arena; yes, the home of the national champion Wildcats. Woodburn's ability
to make anything work has gotten him there. Take the Commercials the Express
did with WDBJ that won praise in a Roanoker Magazine poll.
In only his third game on the air with the Express, Tim found himself in a
dilemma before face off.
In the 221 games he's called for the Express, Woodburn has gotten to know
each player and telling it like it is is part of his talent.
His last day is this Friday. No replacement has been found yet and that's
understandable, Tim Woodburn will be a tough act to follow. Steve Mason News 7
The 60th Masters golf championship is set to begin Thursday morning at
SUPER=03-Augusta, GA; :00
Yesterday was a chance for the 93 players in the field to get in a practice
round at the course.
Among those taking advantage of the opportunity was defending champ ben
((BEN CRENSHAW/TWO TIME MASTERS CHAMP:))
SUPER=01-Ben Crenshaw/Two-Time Masters Champ; :00
OUT Q=...different spots."
John Daly is always a favorite to win at Augusta because of his long driving
ability, but yesterday his sand game also appeared to be in fine shape.
You can catch wrapups of the first two rounds at 11:35 Thursday and Friday
here on WDBJ, plus extended coverage of the final two rounds this weekend.
David Letterman is looking for a new home office.
His Late Show is considering moving its fictitious home office from Grand
SUPER=04-Worldwide Pants, Inc.;
Letterman says the hometown that offers the biggest bribe will be the
The folks in Wahoo, Nebraska are leading the pack.
So far they've offered Letterman a golf membership at the local country
club, free meals for staff at the Wahoo Hardees and some frozen enchiladas.
They also made Letterman an admiral in the great Nebraska navy.
A spokesman for the show says Letterman may decide this week where the new
home office will be.