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7LGH-Shooting

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Salem police are looking for answers following a murder suicide at Lewis Gale Hospital.
Yesterday an elderly man fatally shot his wife, who was a patient at the hospital, and then took his own life.
Len Besthoff has the details.
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SUPER=01-Bill Downey/Lewis Gale Hospital President; :40
SUPER=01-Jeff Dudley/Salem Deputy Police Chief; :57
SUPER=@Len2; 1:07
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(( 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. ((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.))
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. ((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.))
Police spent most of the day searching for a motive in this apparent murder suicide.
At this point they won't say it was pre-meditated, but did find a note left in the hospital room. ((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.))
Police say an initial check of the couple's history has no indication of any domestic trouble.
They add that the incident was confined to the patient's room, and no hospital employees witnessed the shooting.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))

7Security


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Lewis-Gale officials are calling the murder-suicide an UNAVOIDABLE tragedy.
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At a police briefing, hospital president Bill Downey addressed security concerns.
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.
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((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. ))
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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.
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((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;
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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.

7Jones


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An inmate who sent the Botetourt County sheriff a letter threatening to rape and mutilate his family claims he did it to see if the sheriff reads his mail.
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Jason Jones pleaded guilty yesterday in Circuit Court to sending the letter to Sheriff Reed Kelly.
Jones faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced June 13th.
The sheriff says Jones told investigators that other inmates in the Botetourt County Jail had told him Kelly never read letters from inmates.
Jones told the investigators he wanted to see if that was true.
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7SchoolDelays


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It may be spring, but we still have some school delays this morning because of snow and ice. Take Boards
(mel reads boards)


7Weather


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Looking at the forecast -
It's going to be sunny and breezy today, but a little warmer.
Highs are going to be in the lower to mid 50s.

55Lewis-Gale


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TAPEedit of lgh-shooting #96-18
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Salem Police are looking for a motive following a murder suicide at Lewis Gale Hospital.
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SUPER=03-Salem/Yesterday;


Just before noon yesterday, two shots rang out in a patient's room.
There, a staffer found Miriam Neutze (NEWTS) of Lexington, and her husband Frank, both 71, with bullet wounds to the head.
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.
Right now police won't say the murder-suicide was pre-meditated, but they did find a note in the hospital room.
Friends say Frank Neutze was depressed about his wife's condition.
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55Regional-Jail


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TAPEedit of l'burg-council #96-23
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A "yes" vote for Bedford County.
Lynchburg city council has agreed to allow the County back into the Blue Ridge Regional Jail project.
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At first, council last night decided to table the decision, but members reconvened and voted unamiously to accept the county.
Bedford needs the approval of the other four participating localities before it can rejoin the project.
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.
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((BLANCHE VALENTINE/ORGANIZER: MIDNIGHT BASKETBALL GETS KIDS OFF THE STREET BY OFFERING LATENIGHT BASKETBALL, MANDATORY EDUCATION, COUNSELING, MENTORING, AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS IN A SAFE ENVIRONMENT. ))
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The city has about one million dollars in grant money available...but more than two million dollars in requests.
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55County-Supers


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Roanoke County parents say they aren't giving up hopes for a new high school despite last week's defeat of a school bond referendum.
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Voters rejected the 37 million dollar bond issue that would have built a replacement for Cave Spring High School and eased overcrowding in other classrooms.
Yesterday, 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.
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((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 STATE GUIDELINES.))
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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.

55SchoolDelays


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The Calender says Spring, but Winter is still hanging around.
Snow and ice is forcing a few school's to delay opening this morning. Take Boards
(mel reads boards)


55Weather


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Taking a look now at the forecast-
It's going to be sunny and breezy in southwest Virginia today with highs in the low to mid 50s.
Snow showers in the Greenbrier Valley will end by tonight.
Clear and cold tonight, with temperatures dropping into the 30s.
Tomorrow, spring like weather is back into the picture.
Expect sunshine with afternoon highs near 70-degrees.
Those kind of temperatures will stay with us through the weekend with Saturday's high reaching near 80 degrees.

8LGH-Shooting


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TAPE#96-18
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Salem Police have more investigating to do before they determine the motive behind a murder suicide at Lewis Gayle Hospital.
Yesterday, an elderly man shot and killed his wife, who was a patient at the hospital, and then took his own life.
Len Besthoff has the details.
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SUPER=03-Salem/Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-Bill Downey/Lewis Gale Hospital President; :40
SUPER=01-Jeff Dudley/Salem Deputy Police Chief; :57
SUPER=@Len2; 1:07
RUNS=1:17
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. ((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.))
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. ((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.))
Police spent most of the day searching for a motive in this apparent murder suicide.
At this point they won't say it was pre-meditated, but did find a note left in the hospital room. ((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.))
Police say an initial check of the couple's history has no indication of any domestic trouble.
They add that the incident was confined to the patient's room, and no hospital employees witnessed the shooting.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))

8Neighbor-Neutzes


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Friends and neighbors of the couple believe the incident could have been a mercy killing.
They say Frank Neutze had fallen into a depression when his wife became sick, fearing she would not return home.
Kimberly McBroom has more.
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(( 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 yard.
Miriam, who was known as "Betty" to her friends-- was active in the community.
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. ))
According to neighbors, Miriam may have eventually had to enter a nursing home because of her condition.
And they believe Frank feared his wife would never have been able to come home.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))

8SchoolDelays


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It may be April 10th, but some parts of the region are still battling winter.
Snow and ice are forcing a few school's to delay opening this morning. Take Boards
(mel reads boards)


8Weather


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Taking a look now at the forecast-
It's going to be sunny and breezy today, but a little warmer. Expect it to be clear and cold tonight with lows in the 30s. Highs will be in the lower to mid 50s.