News-7 at Five is next--
Two Roanoke deputies appear in court facing sodomy charges...
The times aren't a changing in the Hill City, when it comes to the mayor's
And Lyle Menendez is getting married.
This case is muggies is creating some thunderstorms this afternoon. The
radar pictures are just ahead.
And on Health Check, the food cops don't like it one bit--
Olestra, that is, the new "fake fat" being test marketed in some potato chips.
IN Q=Snack foods are
((SNACK FOODS ARE SUPPOSED TO ADD A LITTLE BIT OF PLEASURE TO YOUR DAILY LIFE,
THEY ARE NOT SUPPOSED TO MAKE YOU SICK. ))
OUT Q=make you sick.
Stay with us, News 7 at FIVE is up next.
Two Roanoke City Deputies accused of sexual misconduct have their day in
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Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at Five, I'm Connie Stevens.
David Keith Bell and Larry Dean Neighbors were acquitted today in circuit
court, 14- months after they were first accused.
Bell and Neighbors were both charged with sodomy.
Neighbors was also accused of rape.
Ronlynn Eaton claimed the two men offered her a ride home from a Roanoke
nightspot in May of 1995, and then forced her to have sex with them.
But today, defense attorneys pointed out inconsistencies in her statements,
and the judge dismissed the case without hearing any of the defense witnesses.
IN Q=I'm just glad it's over
((LARRY NEIGHBORS/DEFENDANT: I'M JUST GLAD IT'S OVER WITH AND I'M GLAD THE
PUBLIC IS FINALLY FINDING OUT THE FULL TRUTH.))
((DAVID BELL/DEFENDANT: IT'S BEEN A TOTAL HELL, I'LL TELL YOU. IT'S PUT US
THROUGH A LOT, BUT IT'S OVER AND I JUST WANT TO GET ON WITH MY LIFE.))
SUPER=01-Larry Neighbors/Defendant; :00
SUPER=01-David Bell/Defendant; :06
OUT Q=get on with my life.
Eaton says she is very upset with the judge's ruling.
She maintains that Neighbors is the father of her children, even though D-
N- A testing has proven otherwise.
The deputies have been on unpaid leave since the charges were filed.
They hope to win back their jobs.
Last week's bombing in Saudi Arabia might have been prevented if new
security measures at the American housing complex had been accepted by Saudi
SUPER=03-Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; :
American authorities had been trying to make the complex safer-- even
before last week's bombing.
The government wanted to move this security fencing away from the
But the Saudis objected-- because it would turn a parking lot and a
playground into a buffer zone.
IN Q=We wanted it
((BRIG GEN TERRY SCHWALIER/U.S. AIR FORCE COMMANDER: WE WANTED IT TO BE MOVED
BACK PROBABLY ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE PARKING LOT IS WHAT WE WERE LOOKING FOR
THAT SEEMED TO BE THE MOST CONVENIENT PLACE BECAUSE IT IS A PUBLIC AREA ON THE
SUPER=01-Brig. Gen. Terry Schwalier/U.S. Air Force Commander; :
OUT Q=the other side.
A new row of low concrete barriers has been installed-- and patrols have
been increased along the perimeter.
But even the new head of security says the base still isn't completely
safe-- nor is any other base in the world.
When it comes to economic development, Botetourt County is one of the
fastest growing areas in the state.
This afternoon... Governor George Allen was on hand to welcome Buchanan's
newest neighbor-- Meadville Forging Company.
Company officials received a check for 175- thousand dollars from the
Governor's Opportunity Fund... then broke ground on its new plant.
IN Q=The fact
((GOVERNOR GEORGE ALLEN: THE FACT THAT MEADVILLE FORGING PICKED VIRGINIA OVER
THEIR HOME STATE OF PENNSYLVANIA OR INDIANA OR OHIO... THE OTHER STATES WE WERE
IN COMPETITION WITH... IS A GREAT COUP FOR THE TOWN OF BUCHANAN AS WELL AS
BOTETOURT COUNTY. ))
OUT Q=Botetourt County
The Buchanan site will be called Virginia Forging... and will manufacture
automotive and mining machinery components.
Officials expect production to begin next summer... and hope to eventually
hire 130 workers.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
wipe wipe wipe
The Governor was also in this area helping aid the clean up of Kim Stan--
the dump site in Alleghany County, that's been in the news for about eight
He offered a grassroots organization a grant for 134-thousand dollars to
attack the problem.
The money is expected to be used to build an organic vegetation filter
It will clean the water before it goes into the Jackson River.
Each day 36-thousand gallons of leachate and contaminated water escapes into
the Jackson River.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- arrests in a church fire in
Chesterfield County...as another church fire in North Carolina appears to be
And it's the changing of leadership in Danville-- when we come back we'll
introduce you to the city's new mayor.
And on Health Check, we'll have some of the new laws that took effect
today-- in the name of better health care for women.
Stay with us...the news continues.
In Chesterfield County, three people have been arrested for the April arson
of a black church in Centralia.
The suspects are all white-- two men and a girl.
SUPER=03-Maysville, NC; :
Meanwhile in Maysville, North Carolina, investigators attribute another
church fire to arson.
Traces of Molotov cocktails and gasoline were found in a badly damaged
In the last 18 months, there have been fires in at least 40 mainly-black
churches, most in the Southeast.
But, federal agents are investigating suspicious fires at a roughly equal
number of white churches during the same period.
Aircrafts are dumping water and fire retardant on a blaze threatening a
Southern California resort town.
SUPER=03-Palm Springs, CA;
While about a thousand firefighters are battling the fire on the ground.
The Forest Service says target shooters accidentally touched off the fire
that's blackened about 76-hundred acres.
Several other fires erupted in the record heat over the weekend, but most
were controlled last night.
Danville's new Mayor is already a familiar face on City Council.
Linwood Wright, who's served as Vice Mayor for four years, was selected this
He is urging Council members to work as a team.
He also pointed to Danville's aging population and encouraged Council to
look into ways to keep the city's young people from moving away for jobs.
IN Q=I think
((LINWOOD WRIGHT/DANVILLE MAYOR:I THINK IT IS THE SECRET TO KEEPING THEM HERE.
THEY GO WHERE THEY CAN MAKE A LIVING AND UNFORTUNATELY TO A SIGNIFICANT DEGREE
RECENTLY THEY HAVE NOT BEEN A ABLE TO STAY IN DANVILLE AND WORK HERE AT GOOD
PAYING JOBS. ))
SUPER=01-Linwood Wright/Danville Mayor; :00
OUT Q=good paying jobs.
Ruby Archie edged out Shirley Mayhew by ONE vote to become Vice Mayor.
Archie is a retired school teacher.
In Lynchburg, mayor Jim Whitaker will keep his title for another two years.
On a strict four to three party- line vote, Whitaker was re- elected mayor
during this morning's organizational meeting.
Democrat Junius Haskins nominated himself for the post, but lacked the
IN Q=It's not that
((JUNIUS HASKINS/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: IT'S NOT THAT JIM HAS NOT DONE A
GOOD JOB, HE'S DONE A VERY GOOD JOB AND I THINK ANY REPRESENTATIVE OF THE CITY
AS A CHIEF ELECTED OFFICIAL HAS TO BE ABLE TO PRESENT THE KIND OF PERSONA AND
APPRECIATE THE PUBLIC SUPPORT THAT HE HAS BEEN ABLE TO GENERATE, I JUST THINK I
CAN GENERATE MUCH MORE. ))
SUPER=01-Junius Haskins/Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=generate much more.
Haskins also sought the vice mayor's post, but again was outvoted four to
three, with the job going to Bob Davenport.
Davenport replaces fellow Republican Bill McRorie in the position.
Through the next couple of weekends, thousands of Virginians will invade the
Star City in hopes of bringing home the gold...
(patrick ad lib)
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Thousand of Athletes from different backgrounds converging upon a city to
compete in the spirit of good sportsmanship.
DOUBLE BOX CONNIE/PATRICK
Is it Atlanta and the Olympics?
Nope, it's the Commonwealth Games right here in the Star City, and Patrick
Evans has more.
SUPER=01-Stu Israel/Virginia Amateur Sports;
(ROLL VIDEO OVER STU, AFTER SUPER)
SUPER=04-1995 Commonwealth Games;
SUPER=01-Maj. Don Shields/Roanoke City Police
SUPER=01-Butch Lewis/Torch Runner;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
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Don't go away--wedding bells behind bars for Lyle Menendez?
But first-- on Health Check, we'll tell you about a life-and-death recycling
This one involving pacemakers.
The U.S. government isn't too keen on used pacemakers, but a few groups are
trying to change that.
IN Q=It can keep
((IT CAN KEEP SOMEBODY ALIVE WHO WOULD OTHERWISE DIE. SO IT'S AN AMAZING GIFT,
IT'S TRULY A GIFT OF LIFE. ))
OUT Q=gift of life.
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Some new laws took effect today-- offering significant health-care
improvements for women in the Commonwealth.
The laws provide the right to longer hospital stays after giving birth.
Women also will have direct access to obstetricians or gynecologists,
bypassing primary care doctors in managed care insurance plans.
Also, insurance companies will be required to cover women's annual
mammograms and regular pap smears.
Around the country, medical research into finding a vaccine to treat
allergies looks promising.
Currently, many people have to undergo rounds of allergy shots that
consist of small amounts of the substances to which a person is allergic.
This causes the body to produce antibodies and slowly develop a tolerance.
But now biologists know exactly what piece of protein in ragweed or in a
cat's skin causes the allergic response-- so they can inject that in a patient
to disable the allergic reaction.
IN Q=It's designed
((DR. PHILIP NORMAN/JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY: IT'S DESIGNED TO TURN OFF ONE
PARTICULAR ASPECT OF THE ALLERGIC REACTION THAT INITIATES THE REACTION. WE HAVE
YET TO TURN OFF ALLERGIC REACTIONS ENTIRELY BUT IT'S CLEAR THERE IS A REDUCTION
SUPER=01-Dr. Philip Norman/Johns Hopkins University; :
OUT Q=in severity.
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART*****
So dozens of weekly shots could be replaced by just four shots over two
Another, even more radical treatment is also being studied-- it involves
the molecule in a person's immune system that causes an allergic reaction
Scientists have produced an antibody which can suppress I-G-G- without
suppressing the whole immune system.
IN Q=With anti I-G-E
((DR. ALKIS TOGIAS/JOHNS HOPKINS ASTHMA & ALLERGY CENTER: WITH ANTI IGE WE'RE
NOT REDUCING THE ABILITY OF THE
SYSTEM OF OUR BODY TO RESPOND. WE'RE JUST TAKING AWAY THE RESPONSE BY TAKING
AWAY THAT PARTICULAR MOLECULE FROM OUR BODY THAT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR CAUSING
THE ALLERGIES ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Alkis Togias/Johns Hopkins Allergy Center; :
OUT Q=the allergies
Still researchers say it will be another five to ten years before these
treatments become widely available.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest says it's the first snack
food that bites back.
((DR. MICHEAL JACOBSON/CENTER FOR SCIENCE IN THE PUBLIC INTEREST: DIARRHEA
MIGHT BE AN ACCEPTABLE SIDE EFFECT OF A CANCER DRUG, BUT NOT OF POTATO CHIPS.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Micheal Jacobson/C.S.P.I.; :
OUT Q=potato chips.
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
The group is referring to the new chip called MAX-- containing the fat
At least 196 complaints of stomach upset have been reported so far,
including some so severe that sufferers missed days of work.
IN Q=If it wasn't
((DR. IAN GREAVES/UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA:IF IT WASN'T OLESTRA THAT THEY HAD,
BUT SOME OTHER UNKNOWN AGENT IN THEIR FOOD, WE'D CALL THIS SIMPLY FOOD
POISONING AND SAY THEY HAD DYSENTERY. AND THAT'S A PRETTY SERIOUS HEALTH
SUPER=01-Dr. Ian Greaves/University of Minnesota; :
OUT Q=health effect.
Currently the potato and tortilla chips are being marketed in three
cities-- in Colorado, Iowa, and Wisconsin.
No response yet from Frito-Lay or government officials.
The lifespan of a pacemaker is about ten years.
Often, these medical devices that regulate the heartbeat outlive the
patients they're implanted in.
SUPER=03-Billings, MT; :
That was the case with Eveyln Daem's (DOME'S) mother.
When she died, they wanted to donate her nearly-new pacemaker to someone
else. But they found there was no network to share used devices.
The Daem's (DOME'S) created "Heart Too Heart" as a clearinghouse for used
Their motto-- the beat goes on.
IN Q=We have them
((BILL DAEM/HEART TOO HEART: WE HAVE THEM RECYCLED AND WE HAVE THEM
RE-IMPLANTED IN PEOPLE IN THIRD WORLD COUNTRIES WHERE THEY'RE ACCEPTED AND IT'S
ALL AT NO COST.))
SUPER=01-Bill Daem/Heart Too Heart; :
OUT Q=at no cost.
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
F-D-A rules make it almost impossible to re-use pacemakers in the United
They even restrict the organized export of used devices.
IN Q=We know how
((DR. VICTOR PARSONNET/ PACEMAKER CENTER, NEWARK BETH ISRAEL: WE KNOW HOW TO
STERILIZE THINGS, WE KNOW HOW TO CLEAN THEM, WE KNOW HOW TO PACKAGE THEM, SO
THERE IS NO SCIENCE THAT IS NEEDED TO DO THIS. ))
OUT Q=to do this.
While Americans may cringe at the thought of receiving a used medical
implant-- people in developing countries have fewer options.
The reality is a donated pacemaker can extend and improve their a life.
Time now for sports--The Winston Cup drivers are among those that are working
on the Fourth of July...let's head into the sports office and let Mike Stevens
explain-- along with some afternoon news from the ballparks.
Good afternoon folks and welcome to a new work week.
Let's get today's two minute sports ticker started with a little baseball
SUPER=03-Inglewood, CA; :00
Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tom Lasorda is out of the hospital.
The L.A. skipper looked refreshed and excited as he left the hospital
following treatment for a clogged artery and an ulcer.
He'll recuperate further before rejoining the team. No timetable ro his
return has been set at this time.
One on the field the Braves spoiled Canada day celebrations for the Montreal
Expos with a 7-to-2 win at Olympic stadium.
Steve Avery got his first win in a month and also hit a two run homer.
SUPER=03-Toronto, Canada; :
And the Orioles were no kinder to the BlueJays today as Brady Anderson hit
his major league leading 28th homer of the year to power the O's to a 7-to-4
win over the Jays.
The Winston Cup cars are getting set for this coming Saturday's annual Fourth
of July bash at the beach, the Firecracker 400.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/February; :00
Two of the favorites to take the checkered flag are the Daytona Dominators
Dale Jarrett, and Jeff Gordon.
Jarrett won the Daytona 500 back in February in convincing fashion, while
Gordon is the defending race champ in the Firecracker.
((JEFF GORDON/1995 FIRECRACKER 400 CHAMP:))
((DALE JARRETT/TWO TIME DAYTONA 500 WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/1995 Firecracker 400 Champ; :00
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Two-Time Daytona 500 Winner; :27
OUT Q=...THE SAME SEASON."
Much more coming up at six o'clock including a look at the first practice for
Dream Team Three today in Chicago.
And we'll give you trading card collectors a rare look inside the Pinnacle
sports card headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas.
Hope to see you at six. Have a great night everybody.
On the eve of his sentencing, convicted murderer Lyle Menendez is getting
married..to a pen pal of his.
28-year old Menendez plans to marry his fiance Anna Ericksson.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Nancy Brown will perform the ceremony.
According to Brown, Menendez has the right to be married.
But another judge said the marriage of a defendant is not ethical at the
Lyle's brother Erik will also be present for the wedding.
Both Erik and Lyle will spend life in prison for the murders of their
Now let's head back to the weather center with the final word from Robin.
(ROBIN tosses to Connie)
Tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX....He says it's better he's leaving now while he
can still walk out rather than be carried out.
Today was Doctor John McClung's last day on the job.
Connie/Keith double boxes
Keith Humphry joins us from the newsroom with more on that.
Connie, after serving Rockbridge County for more the 46 years, McClung
decided it was time to retire.
This afternoon, his patients dropped by his office to say their goodbyes.
IN Q=I feel good
((DR. JOHN MCCLUNG: I FEEL GOOD ABOUT LEAVING THE PRACTICE IN YOUNGER AND
PERHAPS MORE CAPABLE HANDS THAN THEY'VE BEEN THESE PAST FEW YEARS. ))
OUT Q=past few years.
We'll have more on this story in 30-minutes
double boxes Keith/Connie
coming up on News 7 at six.
And that's it for us on NEWS-7 at Five, stick around for NEWS-7 at SIX.