Up next on news 7 at five-
Will Two Virginia Tech football players face criminal charges.
Tracy Altizer has a live report.
Plus the latest on the murder suicide at Lewis Gale Hospital.
And a snowy spring in the Northeast.
Cold and windy conditions will give way to warm and breezy ones as we head
into the home stretch this week. Stay tuned for the warming trend.
On Health Check-- the significant connection between birth defects, and
being overweight before you get pregnant.
Plus, some researchers are worried a new diet pill may in fact be too good
to be true.
A former Virginia Tech student who alleges she was raped by two football
players loses a round in court.
More details have emerged about the shooting inside Lewis Gale Hospital in
Salem yesterday, where a husband shot and killed his wife and then shot
Salem police have ruled out any criminal intent by 71-year old Frank Neutze
of Lexington. He was visiting his wheelchair bound wife known to friends as
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Len Besthoff attended a news conference less than a hour ago.
Len what have the detectives determined?
(roll cue: ".....from the very beginning.")
IN Q=the actions were
SUPER=01-Jeff Dudley/Salem Police Deputy Chief; :00 quick
OUT Q=of his wife.
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(questions: The medical examiner wrapped things up today-- what did he
Meanwhile, those who knew the couple say Frank (Newts) Neutze was
depressed because of his wife's illness.
Miriam Neutze suffered from heart problems, and had surgery last year.
The operation left her wheelchair bound-- which kept her from continuing
her active lifestyle.
Neighbors say her physical ailment caused Frank to become despondent.
IN Q=It made him
((JILL STOCKWELL/NEUTZES' NEIGHBOR: IT MADE HIM VERY, VERY DEPRESSED OR
UNHAPPY AND SAD TO SEE HER LIKE THAT, AND HIS LIFE WAS WITH HER-- TOGETHER WITH
HER AND HE JUST, HE NEVER HAS BEEN THE SAME SINCE HER SURGERY. ))
SUPER=01-Jill Stockwell/Neutzes' Neighbor;
OUT Q=since her surgery
Neighbors say they heard Miriam may have to go into a nursing home
eventually-- and Frank was worried she would not be able to come home.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Virginia Tech football players Tony Morrison and James Crawford will NOT
face criminal charges for the alleged rape of Christy Brzonkala.
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Tracy Altizer joins us from our New River Valley newsroom with results of a
state police investigation.
Jean, Montgomery County prosecutor Phil Keith reviewed the state police report
and decided the case was too close to call.
So today, he put it in the hands of a grand jury, which found insufficient
probable cause to indict Morrison and Crawford.
IN Q=In a civil suit
SUPER=01-Eileen Wagner/Brzonkala's Lawyer;
SUPER=01-Joseph Painter/Crawford's Lawyer;
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
In a civil suit still pending in federal court, Christy Brzonkala alleges
Morrison and Crawford raped her in their dorm room in the Fall of 1994.
The state attorney general ordered a state police investigation into the
Despite the outcome, Brzonkala's lawyer praised investigators, and said she
hopes other women will see there's nothing to fear from reporting rapes to
((EILEEN WAGNER/BRZONKALA'S LAWYER: THE INVESTIGATION WAS CONDUCTED IN THE
MOST PROFESSIONAL MANNER. SO CHRISTY HOPES THIS INVESTIGATION WILL BE AN
EXAMPLE TO OTHER WOMEN.))
But Crawford's lawyer says Brzonkala has hurt the cause of quote-
"legitimate rape victims," and says her case comes down to nothing more than
race and money.
((JOSEPH PAINTER: CRAWFORD'S LAWYER: WE'RE GIVEN THIS IMAGE OF THESE LARGE,
HULKING PLAYERS AND THIS DEFENSELESS GIRL. THAT IT, AT LEAST SOMEWHAT PLAYING
TO THAT BLACK ON WHITE RAPE IDEA. ))
Morrison's lawyer says a grand jury's finding of no probable cause to that a
crime was committed is much more significant than the commonwealth's attorney
simply deciding not to prosecute.
A spokesman for Virginia Tech, which is also named in the civil suit, says
the grand jury's decision has no bearing on its case.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
A final goodbye for Commerce Secretary Ron Brown.
((SILENCE. AFTER MY AWAKING HE WILL RAISE ME UP AND IN MY BODY I SHALL SEE
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :00
OUT Q=SHALL SEE GOD.
Mourners packed the funeral service at the Washington National Cathedral-
President Clinton expressed his gratitude to the man who helped him win the
((ON A PERSONAL NOTE. I WANT TO SAY TO MY FRIEND, JUST ONE LAST TIME. THANK
YOU. IF IT WEREN'T FOR YOU I WOULDN'T BE HERE. APPLAUSE.))
OUT Q=WOULDN'T BE HERE. APPLAUSE."
Brown was killed in a plane crash last week in Croatia along with 34
A cease fire is in place between Liberia's warring factions- but all is not
Armed thugs continue to roam the streets looting homes and businesses and
Americans are leaving- as quickly as they can.
Some evacuees talked of the violence.
((I CAN ONLY TELL YOU THIS. I'VE SEEN AROUND A MILLION ROUND SPENT IN THREE
DAYS ON SMALL ARMS. I'VE SEEN HOWITZERS GOING OFF, ROCKETS, GRENADE LAUNCHERS
AND THEN I STARTED SEEING PEOPLE DYING. IT WAS TIME TO LEAVE.))
OUT Q=IT WAS TIME TO LEAVE."
More than 54 Americans have been evacuated- At least 450 Americans remain
in the country.
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Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE--A delegate from Suffolk charged with
indecent exposure wins-- thanks to the constitution-- We'll explain.
And could Iron Mike be back in the legal arena? A woman alleges the boxing
champ sexually assaulted her over the weekend.
And an anti-smoking group wants to stomp out the Eclipse-- before the public
even finds out about it.
It's the new "smokeless" cigarette one tobacco company is working on.
Plus good news for Ed Honaker.
He's the man who spent time in prison for a crime he didn't commit--that
story right after this break.
Mike Tyson is again accused of a crime- but so far he has not been charged.
This time a woman claims Tyson of sexual battery outside this Chicago
nightclub Sunday night.
Apparently there were several athletes at the club that night including
members of the Charlotte Hornets- who played the Bulls.
A waitress who worked at the club says all the athletes including Tyson were
((BRANDI PHILLIPS/WAITRESS: IT LOOKED LIKE HE WAS HAVING A GOOD TIME. LIKE A
SAID HE CAME OUT OF THE VIP ROOM AND INTO THE CROWD AND ATE A LITTLE FOOD.))
OUT Q=ate a little food."
The club manager says quote: Tyson was only here for about an hour.
He was never alone with anyone and was constantly surrounded by bodyguards.
Tyson was convicted in 1992 of raping a Miss Black America contestant.
He served three years and was released on parole a year ago.
Governor George Allen says YES to a plan to help compensate the Roanoke man
imprisoned for ten years for a rape he did NOT commit.
Ed Honaker (HAHN-uh-kuhr) was pardoned by Allen in 1994, after D-N-A
evidence cleared him of a Nelson County rape a decade earlier.
The Governor has now signed a bill that would pay Honaker 275 thousand
dollars in cash and annuities.
That would net Honaker about 350 thousand over ten years.
Roanoke Delegate Chip Woodrum introduced the relief bill.
Suffolk Delegate Robert Nelms is complaining about too much media exposure--
but he's NOT saying much about INDECENT exposure.
Nelms got that charge dismissed today in a Richmond court.
His attorney used an little known section of the Virginia Constitution that
protects lawmakers from arrest during the General Assembly session.
That law stopped a police officer from writing Lieutenant Governor Don
Beyer's driver a speeding ticket earlier this year.
((DEL. ROBERT NELMS/R-SUFFOLK: THE LAW IS THE LAW. AND IF THE LIEUTENANT
GOVERNOR AND HIS AIDE ARE ENTITLED TO LEGISLATIVE IMMUNITY, CERTAINLY THE POOR
COUNTRY BOY FROM SUFFOLK'S ENTITLED TO THE SAME.))
SUPER=01-Del. Robert Nelms/(R) Suffolk;
OUT Q=to the same.
Richmond authorities take a dimmer view.
They say he's only protected from arrest during the session.
They'll take their evidence to a grand jury in May.
IN Q=Following the
((CLAIRE CARDWELL/RICHMOND DEPUTY PROSECUTOR: FOLLOWING THE GRAND JURY, HE
COULD BE PLACED UNDER ARREST IF THE GRAND JURY FINDS PROBABLE CAUSE TO INDICT
HIM FOR A MISDEMEANOR. What would the officer have testified to? I'M NOT
GONNA TALK ABOUT THE EVIDENCE PRIOR TO THE TRIAL.))
SUPER=01-Claire Cardwell/Richmond Deputy Prosecutor;
OUT Q=the trial.
When confronted by News 7 back in February, Nelms said the charge was a
He later told reporters he was urinating in public.
Today, he had NO comment on the event's that night.
The war on crime is emerging as one of the main issues in this year's city
council race in Lynchburg.
Independent candidate Carl Hutcherson today unveiled his anti- crime
initiatives for the city.
Hutcherson wants to put more and better- paid police officers on the
streets, and establish a non- partisan crime commission.
IN Q=I support the
((REV. CARL HUTCHERSON/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL CANDIDATE: I SUPPORT THE CREATION OF A
NON- PARTISAN CRIME COMMISSION, CONSISTING OF MEMBERS FROM DIFFERENT
NEIGHBORHOODS, PROFESSIONS AND WALKS OF LIFE, WHO WILL MEET REGULARLY WITH THE
CITY'S TOP LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICIALS TO IDENTIFY CRIMINAL JUSTICE PRIORITIES
AND DISCUSS ISSUES OF MUTUAL CONCERN.))
SUPER=01-Rev. Carl Hutcherson/(I) Lynchburg Council Candidate; :00
OUT Q=of mutual concern.
Hutcherson says council should search for additional federal and state
revenues that would help the city hire more police officers.
He also advocates the swift demolition of suspected crack houses in the
Hutcherson made an unsuccessful bid for city council in 1994.
He was, however, the only non- Republican to be endorsed by the Fraternal
Order of Police.
You won't want to miss the forecast if you're a warm weather fan. Patrick
Evans will be along with that...
plus spring is nowhere to be found in the Northeast-- the white stuff has left
a blanket from New Jersey to New England...we'll take you there, next.
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If you think it is cold here-- check out the North East--
Parts of New England have up to 17-inches of snow on the ground, clogging
roads and closing airports.
The wet, heavy snow pulled down branches and power lines, leaving nearly
140-thousand people in the dark from New York into New England.
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Stick around-- A major league player will be an Avalanche uniform tonight--
we'll let Steve explain in tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
On Health Check-- two reports today related to obesity.
First-- the dangerous connection between obesity and birth defects.
And controversy surrounding the diet pill dexfenfluramine.
Some are worrying the F-D-A may rush the drug to approval.
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GRAPHIC=obesity and pregnancy
For years, doctors have known that during pregnancy, obesity can cause
But two new studies in today's Journal of the American Medical Association
say obesity can also can case serious problems for the fetus.
IN Q=We found that
SUPER=01-Dr. Gary Shaw/Birth Defects Monitoring Program; :02
OUT Q=birth defects
IN Q=We found
((DR. GARY SHAW/BIRTH DEFECTS MONITORING PROGRAM: WE FOUND THAT OBESE WOMEN
WERE AT DOUBLE THE RISK TO HAVE BABIES BORN WITH SERIOUS SPINAL DEFECTS.))
OUT Q=spinal defects.
The defects, primarily spina bifida can cause paralysis....bowel and
bladder problems..as well as infections.
Researchers don't know WHY obesity is linked to these defects, but after
studying 1700 American and Canadian women, they do know WHO is affected: women
who exceeded these cutoff points BEFORE they became pregnant:
At 5 feet: 149 pounds;
at 5 feet 4: 169 pounds;
at 5 feet 8: 191 pounds.
Most pregnant women can greatly reduce the risk of the defects by taking
vitamins with folic acid..but the studies found that folic acid had no effect
on obese women.
IN Q=Whether the
((DR. GARY SHAW/:WHETHER THE OBESE WOMAN TOOK FOLIC ACID OR DID NOT TAKE FOLIC
ACID, SHE WAS AT INCREASED RISK TO HAVE A BABY BORN WITH ONE OF THESE SERIOUS
BIRTH DEFECTS. ))
OUT Q=birth defects.
As one out of every ten women is obese, doctors say the problem is
The advice-- before becoming pregnant, women should try to reach their
ideal body weight.
It could be any day now that the F-D-A makes a decision about the diet
If it's approved it will be the first diet pill with the F-D-A's approval
in more than 20-years.
Still, some worry the drug has been rushed through the system.
IN Q=I took it
SUPER=01-Rep. Sam Gejdenson/(D) Connecticut; :04
SUPER=01-Dr. Mark Molliver/Neuroscientist; :45
SUPER=01-Lynn McAffee/Council on Size & Weight Discrimination; 1:09
OUT Q=EASILY EXPLOITED.
IN Q=I took it
((SAM GEJDENSON/D- CONNECTICUT: I TOOK IT FOR ABOUT A MONTH AND FELT NO SIDE
EFFECTS.FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE I DIDN'T FINISH ALL THE FOOD ON MY
OUT Q=on my plate
U.S. Congressman Sam Gejdenson got a special prescription to try
dexfenfluramine because he has adult-onset diabetes, and needed to lose some
The appetite suppressant has been widely used in Europe for the past
But, if the drug sounds too good to be true, some in the scientific
community say it is.
Dexfenfluramine has been linked to a rare, but often fatal lung disease
called Primary Pulmonary Hypertension-- and some researchers worry it could
case brain damage in high doses.
IN Q=I think the
((DR. MARK MOLLIVER/NEUROSCIENTIST: I THINK THE DRUG IS POTENTIALLY QUITE
DANGEROUS AND SHOULD NOT BE APPROVED. IF IT IS APPROVED I THINK THERE SHOULD BE
MAJOR AND SERIOUS WARNINGS ABOUT ITS TOXICITY.))
OUT Q=it's toxicity..
At 500 pounds, it would seem Lynn McAffee would be one of the first in line
for a prescription.
But she's worried overweight people are too willing to take risks to get
IN Q=We want
((LYNN MCAFFEE/COUNCIL ON SIZE AND WEIGHT DISCRIMINATION: WE WANT SOMETHING
THAT WILL MAKE US THIN SO WE CAN GET JOBS SO WE CAN FIND LOVERS SO WE CAN DO
THINGS OTHER PEOPLE DO WITHOUT THE KIND OF OPPRESSION WE HAVE NOW.AND SO WE'RE
DESPERATE...WE'RE VERY EASILY EXPLOITED.))
Still, if dexfenfluramine is as effective as it's manufacturers claim-- it
could be the next billion dollar diet.
An anti-smoking group is trying to snuff out a smokeless cigarette before
it's even test marketed.
"Action on Smoking or Health" is asking the F-D-A to block R-J Reynolds
"Eclipse" smokeless cigarette.
The group says "Eclipse" is merely a nicotine delivery service.
The new product heats tobacco instead of burning it-- eliminating
90-percent of the second-hand smoke.
A major league baseball player is suiting up in an Avalanche uniform--
Plus Steve Mason tells us that Spring football practice is winding down for
Thank you ladies, lots of sports to get to in 120 ticks, so lets get to
The Virginia Cavaliers will close out spring football practice this
weekend with the annual spring football game.
The offensive line and defensive secondary are major concerns right now.
Injuries have limited what the Wahoos have been able to work on this spring so
the major focus has been on improving the players at all positions.
IN Q="We always
((GEORGE WELSH/VIRGINIA HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-George Welsh/Virginia Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=....At six, Steve"
Thanks Roy, in other local college sports news, Radford University has hired
two new coaches. Ben Sarobi will coach women's soccer while Becky Vasser Shoven
is now the women's tennis skipper.
From court to another. The NBA has slapped Nick Van Exel with a suspension
and a heavy fine.
The league suspended him for 7 games and fined Van Exel 25 thousand dollars
for shoving a referee after receiving a second technical in the Laker/Nuggets
game last night in Denver.
Van Exel will be out of the Laker line up for the remainder of the regular
IN Q="You just
((MAGIC JOHNSON/LAKER FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Magic Johnson/Laker Forward; :00
OUT Q=...in this"
SUPER=04-Major League Baseball;
To the diamond. The Colorado Rockies have sent second baseman Eric Young
to Salem to continue rehabbing his broken right hand. He will be in a Salem
uniform tonight and is expected to start game two of the Avalanche's double
header with Wilmington. Avalanche Bill McGuire will talk about Young at six.
More on UVa football and the Masters Par three tourney hits the links at
Augusta. All that at 6, se ya then.
A California girl has begun her quest to become the youngest pilot to fly
Seven-year-old Jessica Dubroff took off this morning from Half Moon Bay
airport in Northern California.
She's accompanied by her father and a flight instructor.
((IT'S LIKE FLOATING. IT'S SO GREAT TO BE UP IN THE AIR.))
SUPER=01-Jessica Dubroff/Seven Year Old Pilot;
OUT Q=IN THE AIR
The four-foot-two-inch student pilot plans to guide her Cessna four-seater
across the Sierra Nevada and the Rockies to Cheyenne, Wyoming, on the first leg
of her flight.
Southern Virginia College has new leadership and a new lease on life.
The school was planning to cease operation after graduation in May, but
today officials announced that a group with ties to the Mormon Church will step
in to keep the college alive.
We'll have more on their plans for a four- year, coeducational, liberal
Along with all of the news, weather and sports in one- half hour on NEWS-7