The president sends the Olympic torch off on its journey through Virginia.
And the California Supreme Court has dealt a crippling blow to that state's
"three strikes" law.
It's sunny and hot today... and that sounds a lot like the weekend forecast.
I'll tell you about it in a few minutes.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
A rise in crime, and the rising cry to fight back, brought the so-called
three strikes law to 20- states in this country, including Virginia.
Criminals with three felony convictions could be sentenced to 25 years to
Yesterday, the California Supreme Court took a second look at the three
strikes law, and called it too confining.
Bill Whitaker reports.
IN Q=The California Supreme
SUPER=03-Los Angeles; :00
SUPER=01-Curt Pringle/California Assembly Speaker; :16 (QUICK!!)
SUPER=03-San Jose, CA/Tuesday; :20
SUPER=01-David Bristow/Former Dep. District Attorney; :49
SUPER=01-Marc Klaas/Murder Victim's Father; 1:17
SUPER=01-Bill Whitaker/Reporting; 1:21
OUT Q=CBS News, Los Angeles;
The California Supreme court said the three-strikes law,
mandating 25-years to life for three time felons, doesn't just
restrict crime, it restricts judges too...their discretion in
meting out punishment. State officials were outraged.
SOT: Curt Pringle, CA Legislature Speaker/ THE OPINION IS BAD AND
IT'S IN DIRECT CONTRADICTION TO THE WILL OF THE PEOPLE.
Tues, San Jose
NARR: Californians demanded "three-strikes" for violent felons
like Richard Allen Davis, the killer of Polly. Crime in
California has gone down, but jails are overflowing with
three-strikers...most for non-violent crimes. This man got 25
years for stealing a slice of pizza.
Cases like that sparked a rebellion. David Bristow was fired by the San
Bernardino DA for
refusing to prosecute a small time drug case. He's now a public
SOT: David Bristow/Fmr. Deputy District Atty.
NORMALLY THIS GUY WOULD BE LOOKING AT MOST THREE YEARS IN PRISON, NOW HE'S
GONNA LOOK AT LIFE IN PRISON FOR A QUARTER OF A PACK OF EQUAL OF COCAINE. AND
THAT STRUCK ME AS UNJUST.
NARR: Judges began refusing to impose the mandatory sentences.
SOT: Judge (No super necessary)/(5915) THIS WOULD BE A SENTENCE THE
COURT FINDS THAT WOULD SHOCK THE CONSCIENCE AND OFFEND THE
FUNDAMENTAL NOTIONS OF HUMAN DIGNITY.
NARR: Today, even Polly Klaas' father agreed the law needs
SOT: Marc Klaas/Murder Victim's Father I THINK THE JUDGES HAVE TO HAVE SOME
KIND OF DISCRETION, THAT'S WHAT WE PUT THEM THERE FOR.
Whitaker on cam/ Nevertheless, supporters of the law plan new
legislation to put a guaranteed bite back into three strikes.
Bill Whitaker, CBS News, Los Angeles.))
The state Supreme Court is now asking whether prosecutors withheld evidence
that could have cleared convicted murderer (Yenz SIR-ing) Jens Soering.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./File Tape;
(SIR-ing) Soering was found guilty in 1990 of the stabbing deaths of his
girlfriend's parents, Derek and Nancy Haysom, in Bedford County.
Elizabeth Haysom pleaded guilty as an accessory and is serving a 90-year
(SIR-ing) is appealing HIS conviction, claiming investigators never told
defense attorneys about other suspects who could have committed the crimes.
But lead investigator Ricky Gardner says (SIR-ing) Soering's attorneys got
everything they were entitled to.
As far as Gardner is concerned, the real killers are already in jail.
IN Q=Everything was
((SGT. RICKY GARDNER/HAYSOM MURDERS INVESTIGATOR: EVERYTHING WAS DOCUMENTED, WE
HAVE DOCUMENTATION TO BACK UP EVERYTHING THAT WE DID IN THE CASE FROM THE
FORENSIC ASPECTS OF THE CASE TO THE INTERVIEWS OF WITNESSES, ANY SUSPECTS THAT
WE DID HAVE AT THE TIME UP UNTIL THE TIME THAT THEY WERE INDICTED. I FEEL VERY
CONFIDENT THAT EVERYTHING THAT WE DID WAS ABOVE BOARD AND EVERYTHING THAT THE
DEFENSE WAS ENTITLED TO THEY RECEIVED.))
SUPER=01-Sgt. Ricky Gardner/Haysom Murders Investigator; :00
OUT Q=entitled to they received.
Bedford Circuit Court Judge William Sweeney will set a date for the appeal
hearing within the next couple of weeks.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian has attended his third death in ten days.
His lawyer says Kevorkian assisted in the suicide of an Ohio woman last
night who was in extreme pain from a neurological disease.
At the same time Kevorkian now plans to give his patients the option to make
their organs available for transplanting.
Earlier this week, a Chesterfield County woman became the first Virginian to
seek assistance from Kevorkian.
Now, Republicans are pointing out to reporters that it was House Democrats
who blocked a bill this year making physician-assisted suicide a class six
IN Q=This bill
((DEL. BILL MIMS/R-LEESBURG: THIS BILL DEALS WITH ASSISTED SUICIDE, MERCY
KILLING. THOSE THINGS THAT ARE OUTSIDE OF THE HEALTH CARE DECISIONS ACT. THE
REASON WHY THIS BILL IS NECESSARY IS THAT THERE IS A GROWING MOVEMENT
NATIONWIDE TOWARDS ASSISTED SUICIDE.))
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL/D-VINTON: IT LOOKS LIKE TO ME THAT WE CANNOT GET ANY
CONSENSUS ON THIS, SO THIS BILL NEEDS TO GO BACK TO COMMITTEE WHERE WE CAN HAVE
YEAR TO SORT THESE EIGHT, OR NINE, OR TEN AMENDMENTS, WHATEVER THEY MIGHT BE
SUPER=01-Del. Bill Mims/(R) Leesburg; :00
OUT Q=might be out.
The bill was in its second year of consideration in Richmond.
It was referred again to Dick Cranwell's sub-committee on a party line vote
at the hands of Democrats.
There is currently NO law specific to physician-assisted suicide in
It will be another several weeks before a Washington D-C doctor who
specializes in treating patients with chronic pain finds out if he can continue
practicing medicine in Virginia.
Doctor William Hurwitz is accused of over-prescribing narcotics to pain
Hurwitz's hearing before the state board of medicine has been continued
until next month.
This patient of the doctor takes some 50 painkillers a day-- combinations
that would usually cause at least addiction, or disorientation-- but with
chronic pain patients, that's often NOT the case.
IN Q=If it takes
((DR. WILLIAM HURWITZ:IF IT TAKES ONE PILL OR IT TAKES 100 PILLS OR IT TAKES,
1,000 PILLS, THAT'S WHAT IT TAKES. ))
SUPER=07-Dr. William Hurwitz; :00 QUICK
OUT Q=what it takes.
Some say it's that kind of talk that's getting Dr. Hurwitz in trouble.
That, and the fact that two of his patients-- a 37 year-old woman, and a
36-year old man, died-- possibly because of his treatment.
Hurwitz does have the support of some of the top pain specialists in the
country-- who agree chronic pain patients build up tolerance, and require
stonger doses to relieve pain.
Italian authorities report at least 11 people have been killed in massive
mudslides and flooding.
Another 25 people are missing in the Tuscany region of the country.
Heavy rain over a six hour period yesterday triggered the mudslides and the
collapse of a bridge.
Two people died when their car was swept away by rising waters.
Some Italians are blaming the government for neglecting the flood threat
and for the lack of a comprehensive flood prevention policy.
Some Pittsburgh workers were left hanging last night, literally.
Two men were in a cherry picker on the Smithfield Street Bridge when their
truck fell over.
Both men were wearing harnesses, but one man was hanging out of the bucket.
A passing party boat came to their rescue by positioning itself below the
men, they were then lowered onto the boat.
Both men suffered only minor injuries.
And in Philadelphia, a bridge inspector was left dangling from a bridge for
more than 15- minutes after the crane holding his bucket overturned.
Rescue workers were finally able to bring the man to safety.
The inspector's bucket was suspended from a crane parked in a closed lane in
the center span of the bridge.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Stick around for more NEWS-7-- the town of Iron Gate will soon be without its
one man police force,
and it's old news, literally, as some Virginia Tech researchers study dinosaur
eggs dating back 70-MILLION years.
music up full
Controversy has been surrounding Iron Gate's only police officer for months.
Now, the town has eliminated his job and Officer Jim Phillips has been forced
Jay Moore has the story.
IN Q=The next time
SUPER=03-Iron Gate/File Tape; :05 Quick!!!
SUPER=01-Otis Payne/Iron Gate Mayor; :16
SUPER=@Jay1; :25 Screen Right!!
SUPER=01-Lethia Fisher/Iron Gate Mayor-Elect; :56
OUT Q=Jay Moore News 7
(( The next time drivers in Iron Gate hear this sound....
It won't be coming from the patrol car driven by officer Jim Phillips.
That's because town council has eliminated his job.
Council worked out a deal with Phillips ... leading to his resignation.
IN Q=I would say this
((OTIS PAYNE/IRON GATE MAYOR: I WOULD SAY THIS. IF HE HADN'T RESIGNED THE
CONSENSUS AMONG COUNCIL PEOPLE THAT HE WOULD HAVE BEEN FIRED OR DISMISSED.))
OUT Q=fired or dismissed.
IN Q=Phillips didn't
((JAY MOORE/REPORTING: PHILLIPS DIDN'T ATTEND THE MEETING. BUT IN A LETTER TO
COUNCIL HE SAYS HE'S ALWAYS BEEN PROFESSIONAL AND FAIR AND HOPE SOME GOOD WILL
COME WITH THE TIME HE HAS SPENT WITH CITIZENS.))
OUT Q=spent with citizens.
Payne says he's had a number of problems with Phillips.
The sargent was put on administrative leave in March after his reckless
A judge ruled Phillips endangered the public during a police chase.
Phillips will be payed sick, comp, and vacation time up to the point he was
put on leave.
And who will now patrol the area?
The mayor- elect says the county and state police will pick up the slack
left by Phillips' absence.
IN Q=We hope this
((LETHIA FISHER/IRON GATE MAYOR-ELECT: WE HOPE THIS WORKS OUT FINE. OUR
CHARTER GIVES US ENOUGH LATITUDE TO PROVIDE POLICE PROTECTION THROUGH THE
COUNTY. WE HOPE THIS WORKS WELL. IF IT DOESN'T THEN WE'LL HAVE TO FIND
ANOTHER SOLUTION. ))
OUT Q=another solution.
Technically, Phillips will be employed by the town until July 31st while he
finishes up some out of town police training.
But he will remain on administrative leave without pay and without legal
In Iron Gate, Jay Moore, News 7.))
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
A Roanoke greenway has aquired almost a quarter of a million dollars from
the Commonwealth Transportation Board.
The total was about half of the amount the city requested, but greenway
supporters say they're delighted with the news.
The greenway will provide a seven- mile trail for pedestrians and cyclists,
stretching from the city market along the Roanoke River to Mill Mountain.
IN Q=We see lots of people
((JOHN MARLLES/ROANOKE PLANNING DIRECTOR: WE SEE LOTS OF PEOPLE COMING OUT OF
THE HOTEL ROANOKE IN DOWNTOWN THAT WANT TO JOG OR RIDE A BIKE. THIS IS GOING TO
GIVE THEM A PATH TO DO THAT IN. WE THINK THIS IS GOING TO BE SOMETHING THAT
RESIDENT OF ROANOKE ARE REALLY GOING TO ENJOY ONCE THEY SEE IT.))
SUPER=01-John Marlles/Roanoke Planning Director;
OUT Q=once they see it.
The Transportation Board also earmarked federal funds for the Uptown Rail
Trail in Martinsville, and The Draper Mountain Overlook and Wayside in Pulaski
A group of scientists at Virginia Tech are stepping back in time.
They're studying two duckbilled dinosaur eggs they believe were laid in
China's Yellow River Basin more than 70 million years ago.
Yesterday the eggs underwent a C-T scan at the College of Veterinary
Close scrutiny indicated the fossilized eggs had most likely hatched.
Researchers had hoped to find at least one fossilized embryo for further
((DR. BILL GREENBERG/VA. TECH PROFESSOR: UNLESS YOU COULD SEE THE EMBRYO'S
STRUCTURE VERY CLEARLY, YOU WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO IDENTIFY WHAT SPECIES OF
DINOSAUR IT WAS. AND OF COURSE BY STUDYING THE EMBRYO'S STRUCTURE YOU ALSO FIND
OUT A LOT ABOUT THE DEVELOPMENT OF DINOSAURS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Bill Greenberg/Va. Tech Professor;
OUT Q=development of dinosaurs.
The eggs were found in China and exported several years ago to a group of
paleontologists in Colorado.
The eggs will soon be on display at Virginia Tech.
Eight-hundred-thousand cigarette butts and 14 refrigerators.
They're among the trash found in ONE day on the beaches of the nation's
rivers and coastlines.
Clean- up officials say it's not trash from passing ships that's fouling
the coastlines these days, but trash from individuals.
Cigarette butts make up 20 percent of the trash, followed by chunks of
plastic and foam.
Other junk found includes 24-thousand disposable cigarette lighters,
eight-thousand car tires, and 27 T-V's.
The beach trash survey is based on a one-day cleanup last September
involving 43 states and U-S territories.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come - Is fungus attacking your trees?
That's the topic of today's Growin It...
and the Olympic torch has crossed the line into Virginia on it's way to the
1996 Summer Games in Atlanta.
The Olympic flame is now traveling through Virginia.
It got a presidential send off this morning.
The president and first lady presided over a departure ceremony
at the White House.
IN Q=In the past...
((IN THE PAST FEW WEEKS WE'VE DEALT WITH A DIFFERENT FLAME, THIS FLAME
REPRESENTS THE BEST PART OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.))
OUT Q=UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
The flame is on a 15-thousand mile, 84 day cross country journey on its way
to Atlanta and the opening day ceremonies for the 19-96 summer olympics.
The flame is expected to arrive in Atlanta July 19th.
Cetain types of pine trees in your yard may be under attack.
Austrian Pines, like the ones you see here, as well as other non-indigenous
varieties, may be subject to a fungal disease which can evetually kill the
The fungus can be treated if any of your trees are showing symptoms, but
it's best to use preventative measures BEFORE your trees are in trouble.
IN Q=Well, if you've planted...
((MARY ANN HANSEN/PLANT PATHOLOGIST: ))
SUPER=01-Mary Ann Hansen/Plant Pathologist;
OUT Q=as many infections.
Fungicides are available at your local garden shop, be sure to follow all
the directions when using them.
Stocks are mostly higher in heavy trading today as investors square their
positions for the quarterly expiration of options and futures contracts.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was
UP almost 19 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Coming in sports, the coach with the best winning percentage in N-B-A
history is sticking around for another year,
and we'll head back to the Roanoke Valley Horse Show to see how riders and
trainers prepare for their events.
MUSIC UP FULL
The Head Bull in Chicago is coming back for one more round.
Head Coach Phil Jackson,
SUPER=03-Deerfield, IL/Last Night; :00
had talked of taking a sabbatical or even taking another job, but last night
he signed a one year contract extension.
The new deal is worth nearly two and a half million bucks.
IN Q="This one season...
((PHIL JACKSON/SIGNS ONE YEAR CONTRACT:))
SUPER=01-Phil Jackson/Signs One Year Contract; :00
OUT Q=...THAT'S FOR SURE."
The Bulls begin trying to re-sign Jordan and Rodman July first.
The Orioles have finally lassoed the Texas Rangers.
SUPER=03-Baltimore/Rangers vs. Orioles - HTS; :00
Texas had beaten the O's eight out of nine games this season before Brady
Anderson pulled the Orioles even with a homerun...his 25th of the year to make
it a two-all game in the third.
Then with two outs in the inning, Rafael Palmiero got the eventual game
winner as he lifted this solo shot to left center.
The Orioles beat the Rangers 3-to-2.
Ian Spooner of the Roanoke RiverDawgs has been named the U-S-I-S-L co-player
of the week.
He scored four goals in two Roanoke wins last week.
Spooner will be helping his team out tonight when the Dawgs host South
The soccer game gets underway at 7:30 at Cave Spring Junior High.
In preperation for one of the jumping events at the Roanoke Valley Horse
Show it's not the horse that gets the first peek at the ring.
Roy Stanely tells us it's the rider or trainer who first sees what they're
IN Q="If this looks...
SUPER=01-Pierre Jolecoeus/Trainer; :17
SUPER=01-Lynne Little/Raylyn Farms; :49
OUT Q=......news 7 sports."
((NAT SOUND: ))
((If this looks like mass confusion in the ring trust me its not.
Riders and trainers were on the course inside the Civic Center going to
Its a pre-ride ritual called a walk through.))
((PIERRE JOLECOEUS/TRAINER: ))
((And that's important especially in the High School Jumping category.
The majority of the horses are young and inexperienced.
And because of that the Rider must know exactly what steps the horse must
take to successful complete the course.))
((LYNNE LITTLE/RAYLYN FARMS: ))
((PIERRE JOLECEUS: ))
((ROY STANDUP: ))
The horse show continues today.
Tonight, you can catch the ten-thousand dollar Open Jumper competition.
Also, the famous Budwiser Clydesdles and Jack Russell Terrier races are on
tap tonight beginning at 7:00.
Coming up on Health Check on NEWS-7 at FIVE tonight --
Connie Stevens reports on the latest treatments for enuresis-- more
commonly, known simply as bed-wetting.
It's a problem that plagues up to seven million children over the age of
Also, a report on treating phobias in adults.
Join us for those stories, plus all the days news, sports and weather-- on
Have a great weekend.
News 7 at FIVE.