A Montgomery grand jury makes a decision in the Christy Brzonkala case,
and boxer Mike Tyson is accused of sexual assault.
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Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.
It appears the two Virginia Tech football players accused of raping Christy
Brzonkala will NOT face criminal charges.
After considering the results of a state police investigation this morning,
a grand jury in Montgomery County decided not to indict Tony Morrison and James
Brzonkala, a former Tech student, claims Morrison and Crawford raped her
when she visited their dorm room.
Crawford has denied having sex with Brzonkala.
Morrison has said that whatever happened between THEM was consensual.
Brzonkala's attorney, Eileen Wagner says she hopes the serious and
professional way in which the investigation was conducted will encourage other
women to report rapes.
Brzonkala still has an eight million dollar civil suit pending against both
players and Virginia Tech.
Chicago police today are investigating a woman's complaint of sexual assault
aginst boxer Mike Tyson.
The attorney for a 25-year-old beautician says his client maintains Tyson
attacked her in a Chicago nightclub.
Club employees say he was never alone with the woman.
IN Q=He was in
(( BRANDI PHILLIPS/WAITRESS:HE WAS IN OUR VIP ROOM FOR A WHILE BUT WHEN HE GOT
READY TO COME DOWN HE CAME DOW INTO THE CROWD. A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE RUSHING
HIM WANTING AUTOGRAPHS AND ALL KINDS OF STUFF, HE STAYED ABOUT AN HOUR OR TWO.
OUT Q=AN HOUR, HOUR OR TWO.
The former world heavyweight champion is currently on probation after
serving time for a rape conviction.
Salem Police are still trying to figure out what compelled an elderly man to
commit apparent murder - suicide at Lewis Gale Hospital.
Len Besthoff has more on yesterday's shooting.
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.))
Friends and neighbors of the couple say they think it may have been a
Kimberly McBroom has that story.
IN Q=After moving
SUPER=01-Anne Babb/Neighbor; :45
OUT Q=kimberly mcbroom, news 7
(( 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. ))
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
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
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Meantime, hospital officials are addressing security concerns.
Hospital president Bill Downey said 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 President;
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.
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.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 --
President Clinton delivers the eulogy at Ron Brown's funeral today,
and the evacuation of Americans out of Liberia's capital city continues,
despite the end to four days of fighting.
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On the West Coast of Africa a ceasefire appears to be holding this
afternoon in war-torn Liberia.
But after four days of heavy fighting...the State Department has decided
to evacuate American citizens.
Mark Phillips has more.
IN Q=The evacuation has
SUPER=03-Freetown, Sierra Leone; :00
SUPER=04-July 1990; :22
SUPER=02-Dudley Sims/U.S. Embassy Spokesman; :50 (voice of)
SUPER=01-Mark Phillips/Reporting; 1:06
OUT Q=CBS News London.
((The evacuation has been underway since yesterday... helicopters being used to
transport people from the U.S. Embassy compound in the Liberian capital of
Monrovia to Freetown in neighbouring Sierra Leone.
But the U.S. buildup in Freetown has stretched facilities to the limit and
the evacuees are being moved on to Dakar in Senegal.
This latest outbreak of violence is another of Liberia's frequent upheavals.
Founded by freed American Slaves in 1847, it has been notoriously unstable.
This latest outbreak came after government troops tried to arrest the
leader of one of the local factions - - Roosevelt Johnson, seen here in the
The U.S. military has been here before -- in fact three times in the past
Fighting between at least seven rebel groups has claimed
one-hundred-and-fifty thousand lives. And the current fighting seems likely
to add to the toll.
VOICE OF DUDLEY SIMS -- U.S. EMBASSY SPOKESMAN)
"CHAOS, CONFUSION, THE USE OF HEAVY WEAPONS INCLUDING MORTARS, RPGS AND HEAVY
ARMS. IT WAS TERRIBLE, CHAOTIC, LOTS OF LOOTING AND BURNING.
Mark Phillips, CBS News, London.))
Commerce Secretary Ron Brown will be buried today at Arlington National
President Clinton will deliver the eulogy.
SUPER=03-Washington DC/Last Night;
Last night, hundreds of Brown's friends and colleagues remembered him at a
Brown and 34 others were killed last week in a plane crash in Croatia.
TAPE# edit of 96-23
A Richmond judge today dismissed an indecent exposure charge against a state
legislator, but the case is NOT over.
The judge agreed to dismiss the charge because Delegate Robert Nelms was
served the warrant during the General Assembly session.
The state constitution bars lawmakers from being taken into custody during
The prosecutor agreed to the dismissal, but said afterward she will ask a
grand jury to indict Nelms.
The Republican lawmaker was arrested February 15th in a city park.
He says he did nothing wrong and was stopped by a police officer while he
was relieving himself.
TAPE# edit of reed-kelly 96-17
An inmate who sent the Botetourt County sheriff a letter threatening to
rape and mutilate his family wanted a response, and he got it.
Inmate Jason Jones pleaded guilty yesterday to sending the letter to Sheriff
He faces up to five years in prison when he is sentenced in June.
According to the sheriff, Jones said his fellow inmates in the Botetourt
County Jail told him Kelly never read letters from inmates.
Jones told investigators he wanted to see if that was true.
TAPEedit of l'burg-council #96-23
Bedford County gets the nod from Lynchburg City Council to rejoin the Blue
Ridge Regional Jail project.
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.
IN Q=Midnight basketball
((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.))
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.
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When News 7 continues, a new treatment for patients suffering from
the sky, not the age, is the limit for a pilot in California as she sets out to
break a record.
More than a million people suffer from emphysema-- a chronic lung disease
that can force patients to live on oxygen, or even undergo lung transplant
But now there's another option for treatment-- with "Lung Volume Reduction
Surgery"-- or Lungshaving.
Connie Stevens has more from the University of Virginia Health Sciences
Center-- and one warning, this report does contain graphic medical video.
SUPER=01-Dr. Jonathon Truwit/UVa Pulmonologist; :00
SUPER=01-Evelyn Caldwell/Lungshaving Patient; :35
SUPER=@Connie2; :54 (Quick!)
OUT Q=Connie Stevens, News 7.
((DR. JONATHON TRUWIT/UVA PULMONOLOGIST: EMPHYSEMA IS A DISEASE RELATED MOSTLY
TO SMOKING. THE LUNG TISSUE BECOMES LARGER, AND STRETCHES. THE AIRWAYS BECOME
FLOPPY SO PATIENTS HAVE DIFFICULTY GETTING AIR OUT, SO IF YOU WOULD TAKE A DEEP
BREATHE IN, AND THEN TRY TO BREATHE NORMALLY BUT AT THE VERY HIGH LUNG LEVEL.
THAT'S HOW PATIENTS FEEL WHO HAVE EMPHYSEMA AND THEY DO THIS ALL THE TIME. ))
OUT Q=all the time.
butt butt butt
IN Q=I've been on
((EVELYN CALDWELL/LUNGSHAVING PATIENT: I'VE BEEN ON CONSTANT USE OF OXYGEN WITH
A GENERATOR. I WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO GO OUT IN THE CAR WITHOUT OXYGEN ATTACHED.
I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO DO ANYTHING BUT JUST KIND OF BE HOMEBOUND. ))
And that's what led Evelyn Caldwell to this program.
She just underwent "lungshaving" about a week earlier-- and now she's
exercising for 20- minutes at a stretch-- without oxygen.
IN Q=The lungshaving
((DR. JONATHON TRUWIT: THE LUNGSHAVING IS EFFORT TO TAKE OUT WORST PORTION OF
LUNG, STILL LEAVE A DISEASED LUNG BEHIND, STILL EMPHASEMATIST BUT THE HOPE IS
INSTEAD OF LOOKING LIKE THE MICHELIN MAN INSIDE BECAUSE THEY'LL BE LESS
INFLATED SO THE DIAPHRAGM WILL WORK BETTER.... ))
OUT Q=will work better.
And that means patients will breathe easier, and be able to exercise more.
IN Q=What we're NAT SOUND
((WHAT WE'RE ABOUT TO DO IS THE STAPLER IS LITERALLY SHAVING THEM OFF.))
OUT Q=shaving them off.
Still, the surgery does come with risks-- out of 32 patients who've been
operated on, there has been one death.
IN Q=We don't know
((DR. TRUWIT: WE DON'T KNOW HOW LONG OUR IMPROVEMENT WILL LAST AND PATIENTS MAY
COME TO LUNG TRANSPLANTS THREE, FIVE, SEVEN YEARS DOWN THE ROAD, SO THIS WILL
NOT REPLACE TRANSPLANTS. ))
OUT Q=replace transplants.
To determine if they are candidates for the procedure, patients also have
to undergo six weeks of rehabilitation.
That's even BEFORE the surgery.
If they're selected, they can expect to get right to work, the day after
IN Q=When I was in
((EVELYN CALDWELL: WHEN I WAS IN THE HOSPITAL A YEAR AGO I STAYED IN BED FOR
NINE DAYS. WHEN I GOT OUT OF BED AND COULDN'T WALK. SO YOU SEE GETTING UP--
EARLY AMBULATION IS A REAL KEY IS A REAL KEY TO THIS SURGERY AND EACH DAY YOU
GAIN A LITTLE MORE STRENGTH AND YOU'RE ABLE TO WALK AROUND THE ROOM AND DO
ANYTHING FOR YOURSELF.))
OUT Q=for yourself
For information about
who is a candidate for this procedure, call the University of Virginia at
Connie Stevens, News 7.))
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.
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.
Former studio chief Jeffrey Katzenberg is suing the Walt Disney Company for
250 Million dollars.
Katzenberg claims the Burbank-based entertainment giant owes him a portion
of the profits he helped generate through such animated hits as "Aladdin" and
"The Lion King."
Katzenberg says during his tenure, Disney Studio revenue rose from 245
million dollars to four-point-eight billion.
Katzenberg resigned in 19-94 after Disney Chairman Michael Eisner failed to
promote him to studio president.
He now works with director Steven Spielberg and record producer David
Geffen in the new Dreamworks studio.
Virginia's public colleges and universities are expected to drop down on the
nation's most-expensive list, thanks to increased state funding.
The State Council of Higher Education says Virginia is poised to drop from
second place to fifth place in rankings of colleges with the highest tuition.
That's pending Governor Allen's approval of a two-year state budget that
would give colleges millions in additional money and more staff positions.
Virginia undergraduates also would be guaranteed a two-year tuition freeze.
Stocks are making their way through a mixed session on Wall Street.
Analysts say there's a concern about higher interest rates, but also an
outlook for a stronger economy.
At noon the Dow was UP three points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around -
Wake Forest's head basketball coaches makes a satisfying announcement,
and Virginia Tech and Radford meet for a chilly night of baseball in Danville.
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We'll start with college basketball news that's sure to thrill Wake Forest
Head coach Dave Odom said last night he has decided not pursue the N.C.
State job and will stay at Wake Forest.
In fact, the three time A-C-C 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 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's Chris Whiting singles up the middle and plates Mike Lombardi for a
The Highlanders add another run in the fourth as Chad Gordon singles to right
Chris Carr scrambles home SUPER=34-Radford/==8/Virginia Tech/==3;
for a two-nothing lead, and the HIghlanders hang on to beat the Hokies by a
score of eight to three.
The Salem Avalanche first home stand of the season has left fans out in the
After Monday's rainy, cold opening night, colder temperatures and high winds
forced the Avalanche to postpone last night's game and send home the few fans
who had come to brave the cold.
The Blue Rocks and Avalanche will play a doubleheader tonight to make the
Lynchburg at Frederick was also postponed last night. They'll play tonight.
Today on Health Check-- an update on the F-D-A's consideration of the diet
Some researchers are worried the appetite depressant is being rushed
through the system.
Join us for the story, plus all the latest news, sports and weather-- on
News 7 at FIVE.
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