Straight ahead on News 7,
A wave of heroin patients has overwhelmed emergency rooms in North
Several people remain in critical condition,
and the military says more than a dozen are dead after two military helicopters
collide during war games at Camp Lejeune.
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Don't go away, the news is next.
The Pentagon says more than a dozen marines were killed after two military
helicopters collided this morning at Camp Lejeune.
SUPER=03-Camp Lejeune, NC;
Military officials confirm 16 people are dead and only two survivors have
been found so far.
It happened in the dark, during military exercises.
The C-H-46 Sea Knight and A-H-I Cobra choppers were involved in
joint U-S-British exercises.
President Clinton offered words of sympathy during a speech today honoring
the U-S Air Force Academy.
((OUR HEARTS GO OUT TO THE FAMILIES, THE LOVED ONES, THOSE WHO LOST THEIR
LIVES, OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH THOSE WHO ARE IN NEED FOR A SPEEDY RECOVERY. ))
OUT Q=for a speedy recovery.
SUPER=03-Camp Lejeune, NC;
Air operations connected with the maneuvers have been suspended.
But today other military exercises continued on the beach at Camp Lejeune.
At least eleven people are in critical condition in Philadelphia hospitals
today after taking a lethal form of heroin known as "homicide."
The city's emergency rooms were flooded last night with nearly 100 people,
thrashing and violent from the drug.
The situation got so bad that one hospital had to close its emergency room
for close to four hours so doctors could handle the patient load.
Stephanie Stahl has more.
SUPER=01-Tom Nestel/Philadelphia Police Officer; :24
SUPER=01-Becky Stuhlemmer/Episcopal Hospital; :55
SUPER=01-Stephanie Stahl/Reporting; 1:05
OUT Q=FOR CBS News.
It's being called a milestone in AIDS research.
Government scientists have isolated a protein that the AIDS virus uses to
launch its attack on cells.
It's called Fusin, and it may be the key in unlocking the mystery behind the
(( DR. ANTHONY FAUCI, NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH: IT'S A MECHANISM THAT THE
VIRUS USES TO EFFECTIVELY ALLOW ITSELF TO GET INTO A
CELL WHERE IT THEN INFECTS THE CELL AND DOES THE DAMAGE OF DESTROYING THE
BODY'S IMMUNE SYSTEM.
SUPER=01-Dr. Anthony Fauci/Nat'l Institutes of Health;
OUT Q=body's immune system.
Scientist say the discovery will help them develop new drugs that act
against H-I-V by binding to Fusin and preventing H-I-V from entering cells.
But they caution, Fusin provides the key for just one strain of the AIDS
A massive manhunt continues in Hong Kong this afternoon for nearly 140
Vietnamese refugees after they escaped from a detention camp.
About 60 other refugees who fled in the mass breakout have been recaptured.
The attempt to flee came as the refugees were facing a deadline for
deportation back to Vietnam.
Armed with homemade weapons the detainees crashed through the main gate of
the camp, setting buildings on fire as they fled.
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Still to come on News 7,
A Roanoke man could face up to a year in jail for making a threatening
and Iron Gate's one police officer is convicted of reckless driving.
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A Roanoke man is charged with making a threatening telephone call to a
teen-age girl, and police suspect he's called other girls in the area.
Michael Obremski lives at the Plaza Tourist Court Motel on Williamson Road.
Police searched his motel room Wednesday and seized 14 items, including
pornographic magazines, names and phones numbers, some marijuana and nine video
IN Q=I had some
((MICHAEL OBREMSKI: I HAD SOME TAPES WITH SOME MUSIC AND I HAD SOME MOVIES AND
WHY TOOK THESE I DON'T KNOW, BUT THEY TOOK THEM, I GUESS TO CHECK WHAT WAS ON
THEM. But it doesn't involve anything you're accused of? NO I'D RATHER NOT SAY
ANYTHING ELSE UNTIL I GET A LAWYER.))
SUPER=01-Michael Andrew Obremski/Suspect;
OUT Q=get a lawyer.
Obremski is free on bond.
Police suspect Obremski has made threatening calls to scores of girls in
Roanoke, Roanoke County and Botetourt County.
The girls ranged in age from 8 to 18.
The male caller always asked for them by name.
Prosecutors will NOT be allowed to seek the death penalty against a teenager
charged in the killing of Wythe County sheriff's deputy Clifford Dicker.
Circuit Judge Colin Campbell issued a ruling this week that Christopher
Shawn Wheeler may not be tried for any charge higher than second degree murder.
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./File Tape;
Wheeler, who was 15 at the time of the offense, confessed to shooting Dicker
when the deputy tried to serve him with papers.
But a juvenile court judge threw out the confession because an adult
guardian was not present when police questioned Wheeler.
That judge then ruled Wheeler could be tried as an adult for second degree
Prosecutors tried to get the capital charge reinstated in circuit court, but
Judge Campbell ruled that would circumvent the juvenile transfer provisions.
A Henry County community that made national headlines is once again in
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Teresa Hamilton joins us from our Danville Newsroom with details of an
undercover drug bust early this morning in Sandy Level.
Authorities moved in quickly, arresting ten people, including one
All are believed to be Sandy Level residents and major players.
IN Q=The operation
((FRANK CASSELL: HENRY CO. SHERIFF: ))
SUPER=01-Frank Cassell/Henry Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=first of the year.
***teresa's mic hot***
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DOUBLE BOXES TERESA/Melanie
(QUESTION: What role if any did the U-S News and World Report magazine article
play in this morning's drug bust?)
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Assault and battery charges have been dismissed against former Virginia Tech
linebacker George Del Ricco and quarterback Jim Druckenmiller.
No one saw if Druckenmiller threw a punch in a fight outside a Blacksburg
bar in March, so the judge threw out his case for lack of evidence.
And of all the witnesses who saw the fight, only the victim testified that
Del Ricco threw a punch.
The judge said he believed Del Ricco may have hit the victim, but because he
wasn't convinced beyond a reasonable doubt he had to dismiss the charges.
A judge in Botetourt County has upheld the reckless driving conviction of
Iron Gate Police Officer Jim Phillips.
But as Joe Dashiell reports, Phillips is considering another appeal.
IN Q=On the morning of March 1st
SUPER=03-Iron Gate/File Tape; :00
SUPER=07-Dennis Dew; :14
SUPER=01-Jim Phillips/Iron Gate Police Officer; :33
SUPER=01-Judge George Honts/Botetourt Co. Circuit Court; :52
OUT Q=JD News 7 Fincastle
((On the morning of March 1st, Jim Phillips was pursuing a motorist he
believed was driving with a suspended license.
Along a narrow stretch of US 220 in Botetourt County, he crossed a double
yellow line to pass a slow- moving truck.
SOT DENNIS DEW #1 17:41:29
IN Q=He jumped out
((HE JUMPED OUT IN FRONT SO QUICK I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO. I SLAMMED ON THE
BRAKES AND I WAS JUST PRAYING THAT HE WOULDN'T HIT. ))
OUT Q=wouldn't hit.
The cars didn't hit, but Dennis Dew believes they would have if he hadn't
Phillips told judge George Honts the encounter wasn't that close and never
threatened either driver.
SOT JIM PHILLIPS #2 18:23:31
IN Q=And I immediately
((JIM PHILLIPS/IRON GATE OFFICER: AND I IMMEDIATELY THOUGHT THAT HE HAD SEEN MY
EMERGENCY EQUIPMENT, BECAUSE WHEN I EASED OUT, SAW THE TRAFFIC, AND SAW HIM
PULL OVER AND SLOW, I KNEW I HAD ADEQUATE SPACE IN WHICH TO PASS.))
OUT Q=in which to pass.
Prosecutor Joel Branscom argued there was no emergency that justified
Phillips actions and judge Honts agreed.
SOT JUDGE HONTS #4 19:03:27
IN Q=It seems to me
((IT SEEMS TO ME THE STANDARD HERE IS THAT OF A REASONABLE PERSON AND THE
DISCRETION CAN EITHER BE EXERCISED OR ABUSED AND I MUST CONCLUDE IN THIS CASE
THAT IT WAS ABUSED.))
OUT Q=that it was abused.
Phillips remains on administrative leave, but he and his attorney say they
are considering the possibility of another appeal.
Joe Dashiell News 7 Fincastle))
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When News 7 returns,
We'll tell you what's on schedule for this year's Festival In The Park,
and money for garden projects around the state is being weeded out.
Now it's up to the localities to keep them growing.
GRAPHIC=festival in the park
Festival in the Park is just around the corner.
Last year rain dampened attendance at much of the 11 day event,
but this year organizers are optimistic about the weather.
They say they've expanded the festival to include a little more of
IN Q=We've expanded sporting events
((WENDI SCHULTZ/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF FESTIVAL: WE'VE EXPANDED SPORTING
EVENTS, WE'LL HAVE AN IN LINE SKATING CRITERIUM, WE HAVE EXPANDED SENIOR
CITIZENS' DAY FROM 10 TO 3 WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES AND ENTERTAINMENT.
THERE IS A FREE SHUTTLE FOR SENIORS. ALL OF THIS WILL BE FREE. ))
SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/Festival Executive Director;
OUT Q=will be free.
This year there will be plenty of food, more than 35 hands- on activities for
children... and even a computer art contest for kids.
The opening concert features country music star Aaron Tippin at Victory
Stadium Friday, May 24th.
Buttons for Festival in the Park are three- dollars in advance and six-
dollars at the concert gate.
Tomorrow mail carriers in Southwest Virginia will not only pick up your mail
-- but cans of food for those in need.
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
Donations are needed for the third annual postal service food drive.
Roanoke Postmaster Billy Martin and Mike Hepler, special events manager at
Second Harvest FoodBank, are here to tell us about it.
Mr. Hepler, what's the food bank situation and who will benefit?
SUPER=01-Mike Hepler/Second Harvest;
(What kind of items are you looking for?)
(Mr. Martin, we've taped a demonstration, why don't you walk us through it?)
SUPER=01-Billy Martin/Roanoke Postmaster;
(When and where will collections be made?)
Patrick will be right back with Growin' It.
The Master Gardener Program has been pruned out of the state budget, so
localities are being asked to bear the costs.
Local projects like the Fishburn Rose Garden, along with other duties
including seminars and consumer phone calls, are primarily handled by Master
Cooperative Extension agents rely on the volunteer Gardeners, as well as
the work of a paid Coordinator.
IN Q=the paying
((JOHN ARBOGAST/ROANOKE EXTENSION AGENT: THE PAYING FOR WILL BE UNDER LOCAL
FUNDS IN THE FUTURE FOR US HERE. BUT THESE ARE VOLUNTEERS, PEOPLE WHO HAVE TIME
THERY'RE WILLING TO GIVE. THEY'VE MADE THE COMMITTMENT TO LEARN AND TO
VOLUNTEER FOR THE LOCAL COMMUNITY AND FOR THE EXTENSION SERVICE TO INFORM THE
SUPER=01-John Arbogast/Roanoke Extension Agent;
OUT Q=the citizens
The cost of the local coordinator will be shared by Botetourt, Craig, and
Roanoke counties, and the city of Roanoke.
Total proposed allocations equal just over $41,000.
The government reports wholesale inflation was up less than market
expectations in April.
The gain was four-tenths of a percent, but excluding volatile food and
energy costs, prices rose only one-tenth of one percent.
Stocks followed bonds higher after the latest report showed inflation is not
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was UP 33 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around -
Thousands of athletes from around the state are warming up for the annual
and he was close to last yesterday, but overall, Lance Armstrong is still a
strong first in the Tour Dupont.
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It's time again to starting talking about the Commonwealth Games.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :
Virginia Amateur Sports expects the 96 games to be bigger and better than
ever since this is also an Olympic year.
An estimated 10-thousand amateur athletes from throughout the state will be
competing in 44 different sports.
And one of the big draws this year is basketball.
IN Q="Basketball is
((STUART ISRAEL/VAS DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT: BASKETBALL IS GETTING SO BIG. WE
HAVE A LOT OF INQUIRIES FROM BASKETBALL TEAMS. WITH THE A.A.U. FADDING A 10 AND
UNDER DIVISION, WE'VE HAD A LOT OF REQUESTS FROM THE 10-AND UNDER GIRLS. I
WOULDN'T BE SUPRISED IF WE APPROACHED 150 BASKETBALL TEAMS.))
SUPER=01-Stuart Israel/VAS Director of Development; :
OUT Q=........basketball team."
The games are scheduled July 12th through the 14th here in Roanoke.
Lance Armstrong finished back in the pack yesterday, but he still has a
comfortable overall lead in the Tour Dupont after nine stages.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Yesterday; :00
The cyclists traveled 105 miles from Blowing Rock, North Carolina to downtown
And for the first time during the Tour Dupont a member of the U.S. Postal
Service team won a stage.
Sven Tautenburg crossed the line first in Charlotte as the business district
shut down to watch the finish.
Lance was 25th, his lead is nearly two minutes heading into today's 118 mile
ride from Rock HIll, South Carolinia to Greenville.
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Coming up in tonight's Health Check report on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
The fat is back...
Dieticians say fat stimulates the brain better than any other food, making
you feel full.
And many people are giving up counting fat grams as restaurants introduce
new items that are anything but light.
More on the story along with the rest of the day's news, weather and
sports, tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE, then stick around for NEWS-7 at SIX.