Coming up on News 7 at SIX:
Governor Allen and other Southern governors meet with President Clinton
about the recent rash of church fires. Ellen Qualls reports from Washington.
And the charge is international parental kidnapping--this Wythe County
man hopes a federal law will convince his former wife to bring their children
back to the U-S from Japan.
Tonight in sports, the Olympic team is coming to Busch Gardens Williamsburg,
the Braves John Smoltz is almost perfect as he wins his 14th straight game
And the wizard of St. Louis Ozzie Smith announces he's retiring at the end of
the season, after 19 years with the Cardinals.
Thunderstorms, packing torrential rains, pound the region, popping up flash
flood watches and warnings for much of the evening. I'll have all the details
coming up in just a few minutes.
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Good evening This is News 7 at Six, I'm Jean Jadhon sitting in for Keith
They came together with zero tolerance for an epidemic of church arsons.
Seven Southern governors,
including Virginia's George Allen, pow-wowed with the president today.
Ellen Qualls was at the White House.
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She was consulting with Doctor Jack Kevorkian for months from her Virginia
Last night with Kevorkian next to her (LOW-na) Lona Jones committed suicide.
The fact she was from the Commonwealth has renewed debate about physician
assisted suicide across the state.
Scott Prince has the story.
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SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI; :21
SUPER=01-Janet McDowell/Medical Ethics Consultant; :26
SUPER=01-Bob Rider/Former Commonwealth's Attorney; :58
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((For the thirtieth time... Doctor Jack Kevorkian has been present at a
But this most recent death hits a little closer to home.
Despite the fact that it happened in Michigan... it involves a Virginia
woman-- 58- year- old Lona Jones of Chester.
She suffered from a malignant brain tumor... and apparently used carbon
monoxide to kill herself.
It looks like THIS suicide could stir up the Kevorkian controversy in our
((JANET MCDOWELL: ADVOCATES FOR PHYSICIAN ASSISTED SUICIDES IN VIRGINIA MAY
SEIZE ON THIS AS SOME INDICATION THAT THERE IS SENTIMENT IN VIRGINIA THAT THIS
PRACTICE SHOULD BE LEGALIZED IN SOME CAREFULLY REGULATED WAY. ))
BUTT BUTT BUTT
((ON THE OTHER HAND, IN THE MEDICAL COMMUNITY AMONG ETHICS COMMITTEES I WORK
WITH FOR INSTANCE, THEY'RE NOT ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT THE PRACTICE. ))
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From a legal aspect, suicide is still a common law crime in Virginia, with
no clarification on assisted suicide.
That could be one of the reasons why Jones traveled to Michigan, where
Kevorkian has been acquitted of several charges.
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((BOB RIDER/FORMER COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THERE WOULD BE SOME VERY, VERY
COMPLICATED LEGAL ISSUES BEFORE YOU COULD PROSECUTE SOMEONE IN VIRGINIA. ))
OUT Q=in Virginia
Kevorkian has said repeatedly his concern is for the welfare of the
patient-- no matter what the law says... or what is said about him.
Scott Prince, News- 7.))
A former female police officer is the latest to file a federal lawsuit
against Danville Police Chief Neal Morris.
Cheryl Bartee's federal suit which alleges gender discrimination also names
Assistant Chief B-C Elliott and two other defendants.
Bartee was fired last year for allegedly giving false information to a grand
Court papers indicate Bartee was later reinstated by a grievance panel but
was fired again for taping a conversation with another employee.
Bartee used the tape as evidence at the hearing in which she was reinstated.
The Reverend Thomas Motley says he's forming an organization to look into
any future allegations against Danville police-- He says it's a result of
Bartee's lawsuit and three others also filed against the department .
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((THOMAS MOTLEY/DANVILLE RESIDENT: WE'RE GOING TO SEND OUR COMPLAINTS TO THE
ATTORNEY GENERAL, WE'RE GOING TO SEND OUR COMPLAINTS TO DEVAL PATRICK AT THE
FEDERAL LEVEL, AT THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION, AND HOPEFULLY AFTER A WHILE THEW
WORLD WILL SEE THAT THE CITY IS NOT AS INNOCENT AS IT HAS BEEN PROCLAIMED THAT
IT IS. ))
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OUT Q=proclaimed that it is.
If Motley is granted a charter from the state, the organization will be
known as "C-PAC" or the Citizens Political Action Conference.
A spokeswoman says the police department has not been served with Bartee's
A Lynchburg man is facing federal charges for allegedly operating a mail
theft ring in central Virginia.
19-year old Jeffrey Scott Wright was indicted by a federal grand jury
Authorities say Wright and several juveniles stole hundreds of pieces of
mail from mailboxes over a several month-long period.
They then allegedly forged and cashed the checks they found, taking in
thousands of dollars.
Several of the teens have already been prosecuted in the juvenile court
Wright is the only adult to be indicted.
Wright could receive a five year prison term and a 250-thousand dollar fine
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six-
What's behind the deaths of more than 50 cattle on a ranch in Botetourt
And a custody battle becomes an international affair-- after his ex wife
leaves the country with their children, this Wythe County father is determined
to get them back.
We'll have that story but first let's check in with Patrick.
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Animal Control officials in Botetourt County say that about 53 cattle died
at a ranch near Daleville.
They apparently died from a lack of water and excessive heat after being
pinned-up for an unknown period of time.
The animals were dropped off at the Braemar ranch owned by T-D Steele.
But the owner of the cattle is said to be from out of town.
A worker at the ranch said it was a mix-up and that no one knew the animals
The total loss is estimated at about 10 thousand dollars.
The ranch is located NEAR an already controversial site.
A 422-acre golf course community will open next to it.
A Max Meadows man says after the breakup of his marriage, his wife and his
children vanished without a trace.
NOW a Roanoke federal grand jury has indicted the wife for International
As Ron Jones reports Walter Benda hopes that'll force his wife to come out
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Walter Benda says he met his Japanese wife, Yoko Mizuno, while attending
Washington and Lee University in 19-79.
They married in Japan 19-82 and had two little girls, Mari and Ema.
But after 14 years Walter says his marriage fell apart as his wife got
involved in a cult with an Indian Guru.
((WALTER BENDA: THIS GURU SUPPOSED TO BE LIKE THIS REINCARNATION OF A HINDU
GOD AND HAS ALL KIND OF POWER. CAN MATERIAL GOLD COINS AND THINGS LIKE THAT.
I JUST WASN'T VERY IMPRESSED BY HIM.))
Toward the end of their marriage he says Yoko became more involved in the
cult and more distant.
((I FEEL SHE'S BEEN BRAIN WASHED. SHE WAS WITH DIFFERENT GROUPS AND DIFFERENT
PEOPLE AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHO ALL SHE WAS INFLUENCED BY. BUT SHE HAS
DEFINITELY BEEN BRAINWASHED IN THE LAST TWO OR THREE YEARS BY SOMEONE OR SOME
Then one day in July of 1995, he returned home from work and his wife and
daughters were gone.
((SHE GAVE THE REASON THAT IT WAS BECAUSE OF CULTURAL DIFFERENCES THAT LED TO
HER HAVING PHYSICAL AND MENTAL STRESS AND SHE DECIDED THAT WAS THE BEST THING
FOR HER TO DO.))
Last year he returned to his his parents' home in Wythe County and has been
trying to contact with his wife and children with no luck.
All he has are home video's and pictures of his little girls.
He hopes the F-B-I warrant will give him a little more leverage with the
Japanese government-- and restore the family he once had.
Ron Jones, News Seven.
An Islamic prison inmate may get some freedom, at least as when it comes
to his food.
A federal judge today ruled in favor of Buckingham Correctional Center
prisoner Rahim X.
The Muslim convert sued state officials after he was denied a "Nation of
Islam" diet in prison.
U-S District Judge Samuel Wilson granted him a preliminary injunction.
It'll allow Rahim X to bypass prison policy
--the policy requires outside clergy to provide documentation before inmates
can get special meals.
Judge Wilson had earlier ruled that requirement violates the First
Stocks closed mixed today as the blue chips gained ground while other issues
were lower. The Dow finished up 20 points.
NASDAQ lost four points.
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A nationwide protest by letter carriers was echoed this evening in Danville.
Nearly 20- members of the National Association of Letter Carriers picketed
outside the Main Street post office.
They're upset over policies they feel jeopardize efficient mail service.
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((DONALD ADKINS/BRANCH 595 PRESIDENT: WE'RE FOR...AT ALL. ))
SUPER=01-Donald Adkins/Branch 595 President; :00
OUT Q=at all.
The post office says it recently posted a 90- percent on time delivery
performance for first- class mail.
It says letter carriers played a big part in that success.
It looks like the three pigs in Vinton might be granted a reprieve.
Earlier this week a judge ruled the pigs' owner, Emma Saunders, violated a
Vinton town ordinance by keeping them as pets.
Saunders said she would be forced to put the pigs to sleep.
But yesterday a man approached Saunders and offered to pay her legal fees.
Saunders has received several other offers of help.
For now though she says has no plans to appeal the judge's ruling, and is
not sure what she will do with her pet pigs.
Coming up tonight in sports, we'll meet a 17 year old world champion rider at
this week'd Roanoke Valley horse show, the Dream Team is coming to Busch
Gardens, the wizard is calling it quits,
and we'll take a look at John Smoltz setting a Braves team record with his
14th consecutive win this afternoon.
A little bit of history this afternoon in Atlanta as the Braves John Smoltz
set a franchise record with his 14th straight win.
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Smoltz was on from the start as he retired the first 19 batters he faced and
carried a perfect game into the seventh.
He accomplished all of this with a sore back before CHris Gomez broke up his
perfection with a one out double to left field in the 7th.
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((JOHN SMOLTZ/PITCHES TWO HITTER TODAY:))
SUPER=01-John Smoltz/Pitches Two Hitter Today; :00
OUT Q=...YOU NEED."
Smoltz finished with a two hitter as he struck out eight and ran his record
He also aided his cause by driving in two runs on the day.
Former Danville Brave Jermaine Dye continued his hot play as well, with an
RBI double as the Braves beat the Padres 5-to-1.
By the way Smoltz hasn't lost since April 4th, his first start of the season.
In an equally big baseball happening this afternoon, the Wizard of St. Louis,
Ozzie Smith announced that he is retiring at the end of the season.
The 14 time all-star, who won 13 gold gloves with the Cards is known for his
patented flipping entrance onto the field and his acrobatics at shortstop.
He has played 19 years with the Cardinals and the team says it plans to
retire his jersey at the end of the year.
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One of the big reasons Smith is packing it in is the emergence of Royce
Clayton who helped the Cardinals beat the Phils 3-to-2 today with this solo
St. Louis is now over the 500 mark for the first time since April 25th.
The heat is on the Cincinnati reds to hire a black executive to run the team
in owner Marge Schott's absence, and the team may end up with Frank Robinson.
The major league's first black manager, won rookie of the year honors with
the Reds 30 years ago, and now he wants to lead the team in the 90's.
Last week, Schott agreed to give up daily control of the Reds through the
1998 season, and avoided a suspension.
The Roanoke Valley Horse show heats up tonight, with $5000 dollars on the
line in the Welcome Jumper Stakes.
This is sort of a prelude or warmup to Saturday night's big $50 thousand
dollar Grand Prix.
But as you know, the horse show features more than money!
For 25 years it's showcased some of the best young riders in the country.
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SUPER=01-Liza Towell/Two-Time World Junior Champion; :17
OUT Q=...REALLY GOOD TEAM."
(( This time of year most 17 year old girls are either working part-time or
working on their tans.
But Liza Towell, is no ordinary teenager. The Camden, South Carolina native
is already a two-time world champion in the hunter/rider junior division.
((LIZA TOWELL/TWO TIME WORLD JR. CHAMPION:))
Towell has been riding horses since the age of 6, and she's competed at the
Salem show for the past ten years.
She's also found a way to handle the pressure and the demands of riding in
the big time.))
The Summer Games in Atlanta begin exactly one month from today, and believe
it or not the athletes are already making plans for their post game party!
This afternoon the folks at Busch Gardens and Water Country in Williamsburg
announced that all of the Olympic athletes are heading to the Commonwealth to
relax and meet their fans after the games on August 7th through the 9th.
Hakeem Olajuwon, one of the classiest athletes around helped announce the
much needed union on fans and athletes.
((HAKEEM OLAJUWON/USA DREAM TEAM CENTER:))
((LEROY WALKER/PRESIDENT - U.S.O.C.:))
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SUPER=01-Leroy Walker/U.S. Olympic Committee President; :07
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You might not think about where your money is going when you're in the
checkout line at the grocery store, but one group is definitely interested.
The Virginia Farm Bureau Women's Committee is sponsoring Farmers' Share in
several Food Lion stores in Virginia.
The goal is to point out how much money farmers receive for their crops in
comparison to what consumers pay for foods.
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((ERNESTINE FRITH/MONTGOMERY CO. WOMEN'S FARM BUREAU CHAIR: AT THE CHECKOUT
COUNTER THE PORTION OF THEIR GROCERIES THAT IS DESIGNATED FARM PRODUCTS - WE
ARE GOING TO PAY THEM 22 PERCENT OF WHAT THEY HAVE PURCHASED.))
SUPER=01-Ernestine Frith/Montgomery Co. Women's Farm Bureau;
That means farmers receive 22 cents for every dollar people spend on farm
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((SUZANNE HARDEN/SHOPPER: I WOULD THINK THEY WOULD GET MORE ACTUALLY I GUESS.
IT'S SURPRISING THEY DON'T. THERE ARE SO MUCH MIDDLEMEN INVOLVED.))
OUT Q=so much middlemen involved.
The Committee will meet later this summer to review the results of the
Farmers' Share Project.