Up next on News 7 at Five-
The family of a flooding victim- is suing- one year after a fatal accident.
Plus someone's stealing tires in Southside-
And a sentence for the sergeant convicted of opening fire on his fellow
Thunderstorms keep folks in central Virginia jumping again today.
Flash flood watches remain in effect in western Virginia. More weather
On Health Check, a report on a mysterious illness millions of Americans
suffer, called Sarcoidosis.
Plus, something professional athletes and weekend warriors alike may have
in common-- bad knees.
We'll have the latest treatment.
It's been almost one year since Doris Stanley died in the Timberlake dam
Now her family is suing the owners of the dam for two million dollars.
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at Five, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The one year anniversary of the dam collapse is fast approaching, but as
homeowners work to rebuild their lake, they'll also have to contend with a
wrongful death lawsuit.
Steve Smallshaw joins us from our Lynchburg bureau.. Steve what exactly is
the basis of the Stanley's lawsuit?
Jean, the family claims the Timberlake Homeowners' Association was negligent
in its operation and maintenance of the dam that collapsed last June.
Doris Stanley was one of two people killed in the floodwaters that night,
and her family feels she didn't have to die.
IN Q=The wall of
SUPER=03-Campbell Co./June 1995; :00
OUT Q=until early 1997.
(( The wall of water came out of nowhere that night, washing away everything in
Volunteer firefighter Carter Martin drowned while trying to save stranded
motorists on Route 460...and 59- year- old Doris Stanley died when her car
stalled in high water just a short distance away on Route 623.
Now Stanley's husband and children are suing the Timberlake Homeowners
Association and a Lynchburg engineering firm for two million dollars, claiming
both were negligent in the upkeep and inspection of the Timberlake dam which
collapsed under heavy rains the night of June 22nd.
The suit filed in Bedford Circuit Court, likely will not come to trial until
None of the parties involved in this lawsuit would comment on camera... the
attorney for Hurt & Proffitt, the engineering firm that inspected the dam, says
that while Doris Stanley's death was very tragic, it was not caused by anything
the homeowners or the engineers did or failed to do.
Homeowners Association president Doug Washington told me he hopes the legal
battle will not interfere with the residents' efforts to rebuild their dam.
A Fort Bragg Sergeant is sentenced to die for his crimes.
SUPER=03-Fort Bragg, NC;
A military jury sentenced William (KROYT-zur) Kreutzer to death for a
sniper attack at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
Kreutzer opened fire on fellow soldiers last October killing an officer
and wounding 18 soldiers.
The smoke is starting to clear from the Republican primary.
Behind it, a new political landscape in Virginia.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What lessons are people taking from John Warner's primary victory?
Jean, John Warner certainly had the benefits of incumbency and money.
I spoke with a Jim Miller supporter who says Miller voters may have defected
at the last minute because they were afraid he couldn't win the whole shooting
match and keep the Senate seat Republican.
Whatever the reason, Virginia conservatives are licking their wounds today.
IN Q=Jim Miller fretted
SUPER=01-Jim Miller/Former Senate Candidate; :10
OUT Q=general election.
Jim Miller fretted he didn't have the looks, the charisma, and certainly not
But he did have loyalty to party that John Warner flaunted.
And that was wasn't enough.
sot MILLER ONE 14:00:44
((JIM MILLER: IT'S NOT A REJECTION OF THE CONSERVATIVE IDEAS THAT WE'VE BEEN
TALKING ABOUT. INDEED WE'VE EVEN CHANGED THE BEHAVIOR OF A UNITED STATES
SENATOR IN MOVING IN A MORE CONSERVATIVE DIRECTION.))
((MARK WARNER: JOHN WARNER HAS SECURED HIS PARTY'S NOMINATION BY RACING TO THE
RIGHT. I DON'T THINK THAT'S WHERE MOST VIRGINIA VOTERS ARE.))
That's a theme we'll hear more about from the OTHER Warner.
And we will hear a lot from Mark Warner.
He's putting up his first TV ads today -- five months before the general
We asked Mark Warner if he'd be running ads all summer and fall.
He says he'll do what it takes.
He's got the cash to try and from today on out, he campaigns full-time.
((question: Where's John Warner today?
Back at work, on the Senate floor -- which has proven to be his most
effective campaign stage.
We asked Governor Allen today who he supported.
He said he still wouldn't say, but he considers John Warner a friend, almost
an uncle, and then the magic words "a United States Senator."))
The Senate has a new leader.
Republicans elected Mississippi's Trent Lott as majority leader- taking
over for Bob Dole.
Lott says he'll work to keep Republican priorities on track.
((SEN. TRENT LOTT/R- MAJORITY LEADER: WE DO WANT TO CONTROL THE RATE OF GROWTH
IN GOVERNMENT, IN FACT REDUCE IT AS THE YEARS GO BY, REACH A BALANCED BUDGET BY
THE YEAR 2002. WE ARE ABSOLUTELY COMMITTED TO THAT.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Trent Lott/(R) Majority Leader;
OUT Q=COMMITTED TO THAT."
Lott says he'll try to compromise with Democrats to get things done.
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Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- the latest on the Freemen standoff in
And the Southside is trying to track down tire thieves who are snagging tires
from several localities.
On Health Check, cat lovers won't appreciate this most recent research into
the cause of arthritis.
If dog's are your fancy though, you may be alarmed to hear the latest
numbers on incidents of dog bites.
Patrick is checking out two wheelers--
The self-propelled kind that is....his report when NEWS-7 at FIVE returns.
A former researcher at Washington and Lee University arrested in a drug bust
last year is FREE today.
Kurt Russ was charged with conspiring to sell cocaine.
But, a circuit court judge threw the case out--saying there was a lack of
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IN Q=He is not
((THOMAS SPENCER/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; HE IS NOT CONVICTED OF ANYTHING BUT HE WILL
HAVE TO RELY ON SOME OTHER WAY TO REGAIN HIS REPUTATION IN THE COMMUNITY
BECAUSE AS THE COURT OBSERVED THAT EVIDENCE AS PRESENTED SHOWED SOME DESPICABLE
SUPER=01-Thomas Spencer/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=some despicable conduct
Russ was one of five people arrested for possession and distribution of
cocaine last year in Lexington and Rockbridge County.
Two others have already been convicted.
Another will be tried in Roanoke in a few weeks.
Prosecutors say they're not sure if they'll try to bring Russ up on other
A professional theft ring is making the rounds.
So far, more than 25- thousand dollars in tires have been stolen in Henry
County since October.
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Teresa Hamilton is in our Danville newsroom with more on what's become a
Jean, Henry County isn't the only area feeling the impact.
Thieves have also targeted Patrick and Franklin Counties as well as Eden,
IN Q=All you
SUPER=01-Jerry Cooper/J & J Tire Corp. Owner; :00
SUPER=03-Henry Co.; :07
SUPER=01-Lt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :24
OUT Q=onto a truck.
IN Q=All you
((JERRY COOPER/J & J TIRE CORP.:ALL YOU CAN DO IS JUST TAKE YOUR INVENTORY AND
TURN IT INTO YOUR INSURANCE, IF YOU HAVE IT, AND IF YOU DON'T YOUR'RE JUST
OUT Q=just hurting.
Jerry Cooper's tire business is the latest to be targeted in Henry County.
Last week, thieves made their way in by knocking a hole in a back wall using
a sledge hammer--most of the thefts have happened the same way.
Unless insurance steps in, Cooper is out 46- hundred dollars.
IN Q=I would
((KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:I WOULD SAY IT'S PROBABLY FOUR TO SIX
PEOPLE INVOLVED SIMPLY BECAUSE OF THE KNOCKING THE HOLE OUT ENTERING THE
BUILDING AND LOADING THE TIRES ONTO A TRUCK. ))
OUT Q=onto a truck.
Lt. Nester is hoping viewers may be able to help put these thieves behind
He says local Crime Stoppers will pay up to one- thousand dollars for
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(questions: Any idea what is happening with the tires after they're stolen?)
It appears the latest person to leave the Freemen ranch in Montana is a
An F-B-I vehicle picked up 16 year old Ashley Landers today.
Her departure is apparently part of a deal to end the standoff.
Sources say the jailed Freemen leader LeRoy Schweitzer has approved an
agreement for his group's surrender.
His arrest on March 25th caused the standoff.
Valujet airlines is stepping up its focus on Safety.
SUPER=03-Dade Co. FL/Last Month;
One month after the DC-9 crashed in Florida- the Airline introduced its
new Safety Czar.
The U-S Air Force General and a team of investigators have been looking
into Valujet for the past two weeks.
((GEN. JAMES DAVIS/VALUJET "SAFETY CZAR": WE HAVE TO THIS DATE FOUND NOTHING,
NOTHING THAT MAKES US BELIEVE THAT THIS AIRLINE IS UNSAFE AND I'LL STAND BY
SUPER=01-Gen. James Davis/Valujet "Safety Czar";
OUT Q=I'LL STAND BY THAT.
Davis has been given unlimited authority and resources to ensure that
Valujet operates safely and efficiently.
Are you gearing up to start biking?
If so there are a few things you might want to check on your bike before
you pedal off.
(Patrick ad lib)
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A six-year-old girl from South Boston was struck and killed by a school bus
State police say Tiffany Shanelle Harris died at the scene of the accident
at about 12:30 this afternoon.
The bus was leaving a bus stop, when the child walked in front of it and was
So far, no charges have been filed.
Bicycling is a summer favorite for many, and you can get ready to roll
without spending a huge amount of money.
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Patrick Evans joins us from East Coasters bike shop to tell us more about
what you need to hit the road.
SUPER=01-Ron Glowczynski/East Coasters;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
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Don't go away how did Southwest and Central Virginia rank in the nation, when
it comes to the best places to live?
That answer coming up--
On Health Check, we'll tell you about a little-understood illness called
While the symptoms are as individualized as the patients it strikes, it can
be debilitating for sufferers.
IN Q=And a lot
((AND A LOT OF PEOPLE SEEM TO THINK THERE'S SOMETHING WRONG UP HERE, BUT IT'S
JUST ONE OF THOSE MYSTERY DISEASES. ))
OUT Q=mystery diseases.
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Sarcoidosis may not be a household word, but for more than a few families
in our region, the disease commands tremendous attention.
The disease is a medical mystery-- the cause is unknown, and so is the
Through the course of the illness, small bumps form in the tissue of
different organs-- usually the lungs, but sarcoidosis can strike any part of
IN Q=When you're
SUPER=01-Chrys Lewis/Sarcoidosis Patient; :00
SUPER=01-Regina Rackow/Respiratory Therapist; :54
OUT Q=than we do.
IN Q=When you're
((CHRYS LEWIS/SARCOIDOSIS PATIENT: WHEN YOU'RE DIAGNOSED YOU FEEL LIKE YOU ARE
THE ONLY ONE IT'S SUCH A STRANGE DISEASE, NO TWO PEOPLE HAVE THE SAME SYMPTOMS
THE SAME PERSON WOULD NOT HAVE THE SAME SYMPTOMS, LIKE TODAY YOU MIGHT HAVE ONE
PAIN SOMEWHERE, YOUR ARM COULD HURT, THEN TOMORROW IT COULD BE SOMETHING ELSE,
OR A COUPLE HOURS LATER THE PAIN COULD HAVE MOVED ))
OUT Q=have moved.
And in the nearly five years Chrys Lewis has suffered sarcoidosis, she's
endured a variety of effects-- like difficulty breathing, or keeping her
IN Q=Then I
((CHRYS LEWIS: THEN I STARTED HAVING CYSTS OR LESIONS ON MY FACE, I BECAME
TOTALLY DISFIGURED AT ONE POINT. IT WAS ALL OVER MY BODY-- TYPES OF CYSTS, AND
IT WENT INTO REMISSION ABOUT TWO YEARS AGO AND CLEARED UP. ))
OUT Q=cleared up.
That's another mystery about the disease-- just as abruptly as it attacks,
it can also disappear.
((REGINA RACKOW/RESPIRATORY THERAPIST: SARCOIDOSIS CAN HIT THE OUTSIDE SKIN,
THE HEART SO THE HEART DOESN'T WANT TO BEAT STRONGLY. IT CAN HIT THE VESSELS
AND THE DON'T EXPAND OR DECREASE, IT HITS THE EYESIGHT, SO THE EYES WILL CHANGE
THEIR PRESCRIPTION QUICKLY, WITHIN LIKE TWO WEEKS. ))
OUT Q=like two weeks.
There are so many questions remaining about sarcoidosis.
Patients at this support group meeting want more research into the disease.
IN Q=We realize
((CHRYS LEWIS: WE REALIZE THERE'S NOT A LOT THAT CAN BE DONE AS FAR AS HELPING
US, BUT WE THINK ABOUT TWENTY YEARS FROM NOW, OUR CHILDREN OR GRANDCHILDREN OR
WHATEVER WOULDN'T HAVE ANY MORE HOPE THAT WE DO.))
OUT Q=than we do.
Another phenomenon about sarcoidosis-- in the U.S., it hits primarily-- but
certainly not exclusively-- black women ages 35-to-50.
In Europe, it more commonly attacks blonde, blue-eyed adults of
In Asia, those from Thailand are more prone.
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For more information about Sarcoidosis, or the area support group for
patients, you can contact the Lung Association at 362-5864.
And some news for those with knee problems.
Professional athletes and weekend warriors alike often damage the
cartilage in their knees, setting the stage for severe pain and chronic
SUPER=03-Vail, CO; :
But now, from a Colorado clinic, comes a new procedure, called
It actually gets the knee to grow new cartilage.
IN Q=It's designed
((DR. J. RICHARD STEADMAN, ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON: IT'S DESIGNED TO REPLACE
THE CARTILAGE THAT'S MISSING ON THE END OF THE BONE AFTER AN INJURY OR AFTER
DEGENERATION IN THAT AREA.))
SUPER=01-Dr. J. Richard Steadman/Orthopaedic Surgeon; :
OUT Q=in that area.
The procedure is fairly simple-- after torn and non-functional cartilage is
cleaned away, tiny holes-- fractures-- are made in the surface of the exposed
bone inside the knee.
The fractures cause the release of growth factors, that in turn stimulate
new cartilage-like tissue to grow on the damaged surfaces of bone.
The procedure has about an 85-percent overall success rate.
This latest report may leave feline lovers up in arms.
Australian scientists have published a study that finds cuddling cats in
childhood may lead to arthritis later in life.
They found arthritis sufferers are more than twice as likely to have had
close contact with cats in early life.
The report says cats and other pets may harbor micro-organisms that can
trigger the body's immune system into attacking joints.
The report has more than one expert saying the whole idea is far-fetched.
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The U.S. Postal Service has some painful figures to offer as it observes
national dog-bite prevention week. Nearly five- million people in this
country were bitten by dogs last year, resulting in a BILLION dollars in
About 28-hundred bite victims were letter carriers.
In sports-- Will the Bulls sweep the Sonics?
All eyes are on the hardwoods tonight-- here's Steve Mason with a preview.
Good afternoon everyone, we start our 120 second ticker on the hard wood
where the Chicago Bulls can capture world championship tonight in game 4 of the
NBA finals against the Seattle Supersonics.
The media has swamped what is turning out to be one of IF not the best
team ever in NBA history. Even though the Bulls have a dominating 3 games to
none lead, Chicago is still cautious when it come to the Sonics, who did take
the momentum in the third quarter of game three.
IN Q="We lost
((PHIL JACKSON/BULLS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Phil Jackson/Bulls Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...what worked against us"
Almost nothing has worked for the Sonics, who were embarrassed 108-86 in
game three on their home floor.
IN Q="They just
((GARY PAYTON/SONICS GUARD:))
((SHAWN KEMP/SONICS FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Gary Payton/Sonics Guard; :00
SUPER=01-Shawn Kemp/Sonics Forward; :21
OUT Q=....what's happened"
Game 4 tips off tonight at 9.
6 Major League Baseball matinees hit the diamond today. We start in the
Motor City where the orioles cruised past detroit.
SUPER=03-Detroit/Orioles vs. Tigers; :00
The Tigers took the early lead but Roberto Alomar solves that problem with
this bloop single off the fists that falls. Greg Zaun and Brady Anderson find
the welcome mat at home plate. 2 all.
In the 7th, Rafael palmero cracks this solo shot, the Birds score 3 in the
9th to win 10-7.
SUPER=03-Philadelphia/Cubs vs. Phillies;
It was feeding time as the Cubs met the Philadelphia Phillies.
Gregg Jefferies had an appetite for destruction, nailing this shot in the
bottom of the 4th, Phillies win 4-3.
coming up at 6, Roy Stanley will have details of the Scott Robertson
Memorial and the Riverdawgs talk about tonights game with Richmond.
The three largest cities in our neck of the woods all moved up in Money
Magazine's annual ranking of the best places to live.
Roanoke was number 62, Lynchburg- number 73, and Danville- number 138.
The rankings are based on a number of factors that determine a city's
quality of life.
This year's main concern was crime.
Last year it was clean air and water.
Five Florida cities are in the top 10, and the number one city this year is