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A high speed police chase ends in three deaths- Tonight Roanoke County
police tell what they think-
Plus the suspect is charged. We'll have a live report.
Also eleven years after the Achille Lauro hijacking, an apology from a
Strong southwest winds this afternoon lift temperatures into the mid-80s. Up
next a good chance of showers by early Tuesday.
On Health Check--
A look at the Council of Community Services new report on the Roanoke
Apparently, many people are still in desperate need of affordable medical
and dental care.
Roanoke County Police defend their decision to pursue a high speed chase, in
the wake of a tragic accident that killed a couple and their baby.
A Vinton family was killed in Roanoke County yesterday after a suspect
fleeing from police smashed into the family's car.
Police have now charged the man with 3 counts of manslaughter and various
other traffic charges.
Double Boxes=Jean and Ron/Microwave
Today Roanoke County's police chief spoke out about the incident. Ron Jones
is at the scene of yesterday's accident with details on that.
(Ron ad lib)
(roll cue: chief backs the officer's actions.)
IN Q=What started out as
OUT Q=local hospital
NAT SOUND (Chief's statement)
This was the police chief's response to a pursuit that ended in tragedy.
The 12 mile chase would span from the 5000 block of Franklin Road on route
220 to the corner of Williamson and Plantation Roads.
Police say it all started around 1:40 Sunday afternoon.
An officer noticed a suspicious vehicle with tinted windows parked in a
parking lot for a long period of time.
When the officer approached the car the chase was on.
They traveled on 220 to 581 North at speeds sometimes reaching as high as 90
miles per hour.
The suspect's vehicle took the Hershberger exit travelling and continued
The vehicle struck another car --no one was hurt in that collision.
The chase continued west on Plantation Road.
Moments before the fatal collision police say the officer called off the
pursuit but the suspect continued at a high rate of speed.
GRAPHIC OF MOVING CARS
Police say the suspect vehicle went through the intersection at Williamson
road at the same speed and plowed into a black Monte Carlo ejecting 36-year-old
Lori Mason from the passenger side of the car into the street.
The driver of the Monte Carlo, 34-year-old Thomas Faucher-- both victims
died at the scene.
Six- week- old Joleen Faucher was thrown from her car seat onto the side of
She later died at the hospital.
TODAY'S COURT STUFF
The suspect that led police on the chase, 21-year-old Scott Carlton Allman,
Allman's wife was also in the car with him. She had to be cut out of the
wreck and airlifted to a local hospital.
(Ron ad lib)
Double Boxes=Jean and Ron/Microwave
Scott Carlton Allman was arraigned this morning on three traffic charges-
the latest in a series of petty offenses facing the 21-year old suspect.
Allman asked the judge to appoint a lawyer to represent him... clearly
stating that he knew FULL WELL that the latest charges carry jail time.
Allman said he has no job, no assets.
He said his wife doesn't have a job, either.
He doesn't even have a CAR, now, he said.
The manslaughter charges were added later in the day.
Before yesterday's crash he had been scheduled to appear in court this
morning in Roanoke to answer charges of driving on a suspended operator's
Tornadoes ripped through Arkansas and Oklahoma overnight.
SUPER=03-Fort Smith, AR;
Four people are dead in Arkansas- 50 others are hurt and hundreds of homes
A five and two year old were killed in Fort Smith along with a father and
son in St. Paul, Arkansas.
The twister tore through Fort Smith's historical district- the force so
powerful it threw bricks into the street.
((VERNON ATTERBERRY/STUDIO DESTROYED: I DROPPED ON THE FLOOR AND WHEN I DID I
BEGAN TO HEAR GLASS SHATTER AND BREAK AND THINGS BEGAN TO START MOVING
SUPER=01-Vernon Atterberry/Studio Destroyed;
OUT Q=start moving around."
In Oklahoma this tornado was captured on videotape.
It damaged homes, snapped trees and downed several power lines.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
a popular author and columnist dies after receiving a kidney transplant.
and are you wondering what can be done about that unsightly junk car in your
neighbor's yard? If you live in Roanoke, there's a new cleanup underway.
We'll have details.
And on Health Check--
What's wrong with Roanoke?
We'll hear a few ideas, with a new needs assessment report out.
Most of the problems are rooted in health care, and substance abuse.
And today is Earth Day-- a day set aside to remember the precious--and
limited-- resources we have in Mother Earth.
Patrick Evans is visiting Alleghany County, where some youngsters are
getting a first hand lesson.
The leader of the terrorists who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro
SUPER=03-Gaza City, Gaza;
He says the hijacking in 19-85 was a mistake.
((ABUL ABBAS/P.L.O. GUERILLA: AND THIS MISTAKE FOLLOWED OTHER MISTAKES FROM US
AND FROM THE AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION.))
SUPER=01-Abul Abbas/PLO Guerilla Leader;
OUT Q=AMERICAN ADMINISTRATION."
Abul Abbas says his people were on the ship for the ride to Israel-
He says the hijacking only happened after a steward discovered weapons they
were trying to smuggle.
He also apologized for the death of American Leon Kinghoffer.
Some Mitsubishi workers say they're sexually harrassed on the job, but today
thousands of other Mitsubishi workers stood up for the COMPANY.
((YEA! YEA! E.E.O.C. DON'T SLANDER ME!!))
OUT Q=DON'T SLANDER ME."
About three thousand workers demonstrated at the Equal Employment
It's filed a sexual harrassment lawsuit against the company.
((SOME OF THEM COULD BE LEGITIMATE. I DON'T KNOW. BUT NOT ALL OF THEM.))
((I THINK EVERYBODY AT THE WHOLE PLANT IS JUST GETTING BLANKETED WITH THIS
STUFF AND IT'S NOT RIGHT TO TAKE A WHOLE GROUP OF PEOPLE AND SAY THE WHOLE
GROUP IS WRONG.))
SUPER=01-Carrie Jackson/Plant Worker; 00-03 quick!
SUPER=01-Steve Pople/Plant Worker; 04
OUT Q=WHOLE GROUP OF WRONG."
The EEOC says it interviewed hundreds of workers and stands by it's lawsuit.
Erma Bombeck has died-- from complications following a kidney transplant.
The humor columnist had to wait three years for the surgery-- she had also
battled breast cancer in 1992.
Bombeck's syndicated newspaper column appeared in more than 900
publications-- she also wrote 12 books.
Her works, such as "The Grass is Always Greener over the Septic Tank"
gained her fame for poking fun at life. Erma Bombeck was 69.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The city of Roanoke is serving notice on the owners of junk cars.
Beginning next week, officials will begin enforcing a new ordinance that
allows the city to tow inoperable vehicles from private property.
Representatives of the city's neighborhoods have high hopes for the new law.
IN Q=It lowers the value of
((SILVERINE JAMES/MELROSE RUGBY NEIGHBORHOOD FORUM: IT LOWERS THE VALUE OF YOUR
PROPERTY. IT LOWERS THE LOOKS OF YOUR PROPERTY AND THERE'S NO QUESTION THE
NEIGHBORHOOD GROUPS ARE BEHIND THIS 100 PERCENT? 100 PERCENT, 100 PERCENT!))
((AL ARGABRIGHT/SOUTHEAST ACTION FORUM: A JUNK CAR IS JUST THE BEGINNING AS
SOON AS THE CAR SITS THERE, GARBAGE STARTS PILING AROUND IT. IT'S A GOOD START
TO GET RID OF THE JUNK CARS.))
SUPER=01-Silverine James/Melrose Rugby Neighborhood Forum; :00
SUPER=01-Al Argabright/Southeast Action Forum; :15
OUT Q=get rid of the junk cars.
SS=Roanoke City Seal
Under the new law, owners of junk vehicles will be notified of a violation.
Then they will have fifteen days to correct the problem.
Today is the 26nd annual Earth Day, a time when we're reminded how crucial
it is to care for the earth that takes care of us.
(Patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
Earth Day 1996 found students at Boiling Springs Elementary School in
Alleghany County giving something back to Mother Earth.
Double Boxes=Jean and Patrick/StarLink
Weeks of preparation culminated in a day of planting and celebration. Patrick
Evans joins us from Boiling Springs with more on the Earth Day events.
(Tape rolled from truck over 2nd interview)
SUPER=01-Lorri Saville/Sixth Grade Teacher;
(Patrick ad lib)
Double Boxes=Robin and Patrick/StarLink
(Patrick ad libs toss to Robin)
health music under
Stick around for more News 7 at 5--
Governor Allen in the role of T-V pitchman? He was today, promoting products
made right here in Virginia.
We'll have the story.
On Health Check-- the medical community is taking interest in the
power of prayer.
Some doctors believe religion is being overlooked as a clinical tool.
IN Q=Perhaps the
((PERHAPS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS NOT MY WILL BUT THINE BE DONE. THAT'S THE
TYPE OF PRAYER. WHEN YOU PRAY FOR HEALING BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY YOU PRAY THAT
GOD'S WILL BE DONE ))
OUT Q=will be done
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Every five years the Council of Community Services sends out questionnaires
to the CLIENTS of human service agencies-- and the people who run those
The '95 assessment, much like the 1990 report, finds that many clients in
the Roanoke Valley don't have access to basic medical and dental care.
IN Q=Health care
((KAREN MCCLELLAN/COUNCIL OF COMMUNITY SERVICES: HEALTH CARE WAS STILL SEEN AS
THE PRIMARY CONCERN BY THE CLIENTS AND TEEN PREGNANCY AND SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND
NEGLECT OF CHILDREN WERE SEEN AS MAJOR ISSUES BY THE PROVIDERS. ))
SUPER=01-Karen McClellan/Council of Community Services; :
OUT Q=by the providers.
The report also illustrates the need for more affordable child care, as
well as financial assistance to the elderly, for buying medications.
McClellan also notes that about one in four clients say they have
experienced a high degree of anxiety, stress or depression in the last year--
illustrating the need for affordable counseling services.
McClellan says the report is user friendly-- it's available at Roanoke
A morning sickness drug that once caused thousands of birth defects is
being tested again -- this time, against cancer.
Scientists say a form of Thalidomide is being used in small clinical trials
on prostate patients and those with Kaposi's sarcoma--a cancer affecting many
Separate trials will soon start on breast cancer patients and those with
certain types of brain tumors.
Thalidomide was a tranquilizer and morning-sickness remedy in the 1950's,
when it caused birth defects in 12-thousand babies around the world.
Religion has long been a source of spiritual health-- but new evidence
suggests it may also be good for your physical health.
IN Q=Some doctors
SUPER=07-William Bishop; :20
SUPER=07-Dr. Dale Mathews; :41
SUPER=07-Bruce Frazer; :59
OUT Q=meaningful to me.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
Some doctors are beginning to consider whether prayer has a place in
IN Q=Is this NAT SOUND
((IS THIS REALLY ETHICAL TO DO? ))
OUT Q=to do? NAT SOUND
It was the topic for a national conference this weekend, as some believe
spirituality has long been overlooked as a clinical tool.
IN Q=There are
((WILLIAM BISHOP:THERE ARE THREE PARTS TO EVERY PERSON...BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT.
THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY HAS IGNORED THE MIND AND SPIRIT FOR TOO MANY YEARS.))
OUT Q=too many years.
Along with medicine, Dr. Dale Mathews prescribes specific prayers and
scriptures for his patients.
He's leading the charge to incorporate religion in health care, provided
the patient is willing.
IN Q=I believe in
((DR. DALE MATTHEWS: I BELIEVE IN WHAT I CALL PRAYER AND PROZAC. I DON'T
BELIEVE THAT PRAYER ALONE OR PROZAC ALONE IS ENOUGH))
OUT Q=alone is enough
Carol Frazer agrees-- she has multiple sclerosis, her husband Bruce has
While prayer hasn't healed them, it's provided peace of mind.
IN Q=It's the combination
(( BRUCE FRAZER: IT'S THE COMBINATION OF SPIRITUALITY AND THE PRACTICE OF
MEDICINE THAT IS SO MEANINGFUL TO ME.))
OUT Q=meaningful to me.
Still, there's a great deal of skepticism in the medical community--
arguing there's no room for prayer in private practice.
GRAPHIC=Food & Safety
Lastly, here's the latest from the National Cancer Institute, settling the
argument over how to cook a steak.
The latest study indicates people who like their steak well-done have a
much higher risk of stomach cancer than those who prefer it rare.
That's apparently because cancer-causing agents are formed when steak is
heated to high temperatures-- and the longer it cooks, the worse the problem.
About 23-thousand Americans will be diagnosed with stomach cancer this
Time for Sports--a look back at a real GOODY'S yesterday in Martinsville.
Mike Stevens has that plus news of a couple of N-B-A coaches who have lost
Good afternoon everybody. The NBA regular season ended yesterday, and today
two coaches were rewarded for their efforts by getting fired.
The Toronto Raptors fired Brendan Malone and replaced him Darrell Walker, who
has just one year's experience as a coach in the league.
Malone by the way, turned 54 yesterday.
The New Jersey Nets also cleaned house today firing Butch Beard. The Nets
were just 30-and-52 this season.
But Beard probably trimmed his own job when he criticized his bosses and
called his team a bunch of second line players a couple of weeks ago.
The Salem Avalanche is back in town tonight.
The team opens a seven day home stand this evening at 7 against Kinston.
Winston-Salem will be in town later in the week.
Yesterday's Goody's 500 turned out to another another great afternoon for
The Martinsville dominator won a fourth straight Spring race at the track,
and his first in 1996.
Rusty led four different times in the race and ran up front for a total of
But a botched pit stop just past the halfway point dropped him back as far as
Jeff Gordon, meanwhile, had checked out on the field and appeared to be
headed for his first win ever at Martinsville.
Gordon led a race high 210 circuits, but Rusty caught him with 11 to go, and
passed him for the lead and the win.
IN Q="When I saw...
((RUSTY WALLACE/GOODY'S 500 WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Goody's 500 Winner; :00
OUT Q=...GLAD HE DID."
Dale Earnhardt finished fifth and took over the points lead from Dale
Jarrett, who had brake problems, finished 29th and dropped to third in the
IN Q="You know...
((DALE JARRETT/DROPS TO THIRD IN POINTS RACE:))
((DALE EARNHARDT/NEW POINTS LEADER:))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Drops To Third In Points Race; :00
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/New Points Leader; :07
OUT Q=...START BEATING HIM."
Gordon who has now posted six straight top three finishes, has moved from 43rd
to 2nd in the points in the last six weeks.
Much more coming up at six including a look back at Stacy Compton's whirlwind
weekend at the Speedway.
Have a pleasant night everybody.
take a break
54- million American households could have tuned in to Governor George Allen
this morning -- and picked up an affordable Pocahontas throw rug to boot.
The Governor was live on the QVC shopping network from Jamestown.
IN Q=I welcome
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I WELCOME QVC HERE AND YOUR VIEWERS. IN FACT, WE'LL HAVE
A TOLL FREE NUMBER FOR PEOPLE WHO WANT TO COME AND VISIT AND SEE VIRGINIA
It's all part of QVC's weeklong tour of the Commonwealth.
The Governor-turned-spokesmodel says the state will spend about 40 -thousand
dollars to reap at least 100- thousand dollars worth of advertising.
SOT 01;43:33 tape one
IN Q=That's just the
((THAT'S JUST THE TOURISM ASPECT OF IT. WHEN YOU THINK OF THE LITERALLY TENS
OF THOUSANDS OF PRODUCTS THAT WILL BE SOLD. AND WHATEVER THAT DOES FOR
WHATEVER THAT COMPANY IS, OBVIOUSLY THERE'S A GREAT VALUE FOR THAT I SUPPOSE.))
OUT Q=I suppose.
The QVC mobile studio will be at the Roanoke Farmer's Market on Saturday.
(toss to robin)
(robin tosses to jean)
Should the city of Roanoke adopt a modified ward system for electing its
city council representatives?
Jean/Keith double boxes
Residents will get to air their views at a public hearing tonight, but one
central Virginia locality has operated under the ward system for two decades.
Keith Humphry is here to tell us more..
Jean, Lynchburg has been electing its city council members under a modified
ward system since 1976.
Its council is made up of four ward representatives and three at- large
members, with staggered elections every two years.
Members say representing a specific ward makes them more accountable to
We'll hear more about Lynchburg's system in a half hour on News 7 at Six.
double boxes keith/jean
(ad lib bye)