Up next on News 7 at eleven-
A verdict for a local pharmacist accused of overcharging customers-
A boy is attacked by an alligator in Florida.
A mother is suing a hospital after she breatfeeds the wrong baby.
Plus Roanoke Native George Lynch is traded in the NBA.
News 7 is next.
A local pharmacist is aquitted tonight-
Joseph Chopski was found NOT guilty of 19 counts of fraud.
Blue Cross Blue Shield audited his Wonder drug store in 1993- It gave the
results to the FBI suggesting Chopski overbilled customers.
SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale, FL;
A little boy is recovering after he was attacked by an alligator in
The boy fell off his bike into a canal-
Presidential Candidate Alan Keyes was in Collinsville- We'll hear what he's
saying about his campaign.
Join us for News 7 at eleven.
A hometown pharmacist is back in business tonight three years after the
F-B-I searched the drug store and seized his business records.
Joseph Chopski was acquitted tonight- -found NOT guilty by a federal jury
on all 19 counts of fraud.
Keith Humphry talked with Chopski this evening.
IN Q=Chopski says he's
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./File Tape; :05
SUPER=01-Joseph Chopski/Pharmacist; :24
SUPER=01-Tony Anderson/Chopski's Attorney; :31
SUPER=01-Tom Blaylock/Wonder Drug's Attorney; :51
OUT Q=Humphry, NEWS 7.
(( Chopski says he's not much of one to cry in public, but says he came
pretty close when the verdicts were read.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield audited his Wonder Drug Store in 1993. The
insurance company gave the results to the F-B-I, suggesting that Chopski had
over-billed hundreds of thousands of dollars.
CHOPSKI believes it was pay-back for the way he reacted to changes Blue
Cross had made in its "provider agreement."
IN Q=I put a sign
((JOSEPH CHOPSKI/PHARMACIST: I ASSUME. I PUT A SIGN UP THAT SAID: "WE ACCEPT
BLUE CROSS, BUT IT SUCKS," AND FROM THAT POINT ON MY LIFE WAS A LIVING HELL.))
OUT Q=living hell.
IN Q=There was some inference
((TONY ANDERSON: CHOPSKI'S ATTORNEY: THERE WAS SOME INFERENCE THAT THIS WAS A
PAY-BACK FOR THE SIGN THAT MR. CHOPSKI HAD PLACED OUT IN FRONT OF HIS STORE ON
HIS MARQUEE. A SIGN THAT: "WE ACCEPT BLUE CROSS BUT IT SUCKS." AND IT CAME OUT
IN THE COURSE OF THE TRIAL. I THINK THERE WAS SOME ACRIMONY AS A RESULT OF IT,
AND I THINK THE JURY SAW THAT.))
OUT Q=some acrimony. jury saw that.
IN Q=As I told the jury
((TOM BLAYLOCK/WONDER DRUG'S ATTORNEY: AS I TOLD THE JURY, IT'S JUST CONTRARY
TO HUMAN EXPERIENCE. A MAN WITH THAT KIND OF REPUTATION IS NOT GOING TO- -FOR
$2 A WEEK- -COMMIT FRAUD OVER A PERIOD OF 30 MONTHS.))
OUT Q=30 months.
IN Q=To get audited
((TO GET AUDITED AND BE ACCUSED OF SOMETHING AFTER YOU'VE SPENT 27 YEARS IN THE
PROFESSION DEVELOPING YOUR NAME AND YOUR REPUTATION, TO BE ACCUSED OF BEING A
THIEF, IT'S NOT A PLEASANT THING TO HAPPEN. AND LOSE A THIRD OF YOUR BUSINESS..
DO YOU THINK YOU CAN GET THAT BACK? I THINK SO YEAH. AT LEAST I'VE GOT MY
REPUTATION BACK AND THAT'S MORE THAN ANYTHING.))
OUT Q=more than anything.
If he puts another sign up, he told his lawyers it's going to say: "I've
had a cross to bear, and it's Blue."
Keith Humphry, NEWS 7.))
The National Weather Service says an unusual high number of tornados has
touched down in Virginia this year.
The most recent one left extensive damage in Bedford County and City.
Ron Jones spoke with National Weather Service officials today and has this
IN Q=The storm was first
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Yesterday; :00
SUPER=01-Michael Emlaw/National Weather Service; ::28
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News Seven.
(( The storm was first spotted in Stewartsville Monday afternoon.
It ripped through structures and tossed some debris as far as three miles
It travelled along an eight to ten mile path and stopped in Bedford City.
A day later residents, city crews and utility workers pitched in to clean
up the mess.
National Weather Service meteorologists were on hand to assess the
They say there have been an unusually high number of tornados in Virginia
IN Q=We didn't have any...
((MICHAEL EMLAW/NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE: ))
OUT Q=during the summertime.
Officials say in Bedford city alone there were 14 homes damaged by the
The National Weather Service personnel say they are gathering data to
determine if there were any changes in the atmosphere prior to the storm--that
might help them predict future activity.
But one positive note-- despite the flying glass and debris-- no one was
injured by the storm.
Ron Jones News Seven.
Two people were shot when gunshots erupted inside a Danville apartment.
It happened at 304- Edmonds Street this afternoon.
Police say 40- year old Phyllis Loney (low-knee) was shot in the right
27-year old Robert Holland was also injured.
He suffered a gunshot wound to the the lower jaw.
Loney and Holland are from Richmond.
Police say the two were apparently unable to identify the gunman.
They reportedly told police when they opened the door a man and woman
entered and someone began shooting.
Police say both injuries were minor.
One-time Presidential hopeful Alan Keyes was back on the campaign trail
But it wasn't for himself.
Keyes was in Collinsville to help raise money for fifth district
congressional candidate George Landrith.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=You might say the pressure's off
SUPER=01-Alan Keyes/(R) Former Presidential Candidate; :15
SUPER=01-George Landrith/(R) Congressional Candidate; :48
OUT Q=News 7, Collinsville
(( You might say the pressure's off Alan Keyes.
After running a longshot race for President, Keyes is no longer actively
campaigning for the job.
Now, he's lending his name and especially, his voice to support fellow
((ALAN KEYES/R- FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: I THINK THE CAMPAIGN GOT A
GOOD, SOLID MESSAGE ACROSS, WHICH WAS MY INTENTION. I THINK IT'S IMPORTANT TO
FOCUS ATTENTION ON THE FACT THAT THE COLLAPSE OF THE FAMILY INSTITUTION IS THE
ROOT OF A GREAT MANY OF OUR PROBLEMS, BOTH SOCIALLY AND ECONOMICALLY IN
AMERICA. I WILL CONTINUE TO CARRY THAT MESSAGE AROUND THE COUNTRY IN EVERY WAY
THAT I CAN. ))
And one way is to appear at fundraisers-- like this one for George
The aspiring fifth district congressman is, after all, the financial
underdog in his competition with Virgil Goode.
The Rocky Mount Democrat leads him in fundraising by a margin of two- to-
((GEORGE LANDRITH/R- CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: I'M NOT TOO WORRIED ABOUT THAT,
BECAUSE WHILE I WAS SECURING THE NOMINATION IN A NOMINATION BATTLE, HE WAS
UNOPPOSED. SO, HE COULD SPEND ALL HIS TIME FUNDRAISING, AND OF COURSE, I NEED
TO SPEND MY TIME ORGANIZING FOR THE CONVENTION THAT WE HAD. ))
And since this race is considered very important to the G-O-P, Landrith is
getting a lot of help from his famous friends.
SOT stand up 20:09:40
((KIMBERLY MCBROOM/NEWS 7: LANDRITH WILL SOON BE RUBBING ELBOWS WITH ANOTHER
PROMINENT REPUBLICAN. ON SATURDAY, HE'S SCHEDULED TO APPEAR AT A BARBECUE IN
DANVILLE WITH HOUSE SPEAKER NEWT GINGRICH. KIMBERLY MCBROOM, NEWS 7,
Statewide elections for Governor and Lieutenant Governor are still more than
a year away, but one candidate is already hitting the campaign trail.
Businessman Coleman Andrews spoke to supporters in Lynchburg today, part of
a five-stop campaign swing through the state.
Andrews says he needs to build name recognition before taking on a better-
known candidate like Democrat L.F. Payne.
IN Q=The Republican
((COLEMAN ANDREWS/R- LT. GOVERNOR CANDIDATE: THE REPUBLICAN PARTY HAS
HISTORICALLY NOMINATED ITS CANDIDATES THROUGH A CONVENTION PROCESS, AND IF
YOU'RE SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING NOMINATED IN A CONVENTION PROCESS, YOU HAVE TO
APPROACH IT AS A MARATHON, NOT A LAST- MINUTE SPRINT.))
SUPER=01-Coleman Andrews/(R) Lt. Governor Candidate; :00
OUT Q=last-minute sprint.
State senator Steve Newman says the GOP needs Andrews to help break the
deadlock in the Senate.
IN Q=If we don't
((SEN. STEVE NEWMAN/R- LYNCHBURG: IF WE DON'T HAVE A DEMOCRAT WHO WILL CHANGE
RANKS AND COME AND HELP US VOTE FOR PARITY IN THE VIRGINIA SENATE, WE
DEFINITELY NEED SOMEONE LIKE COLEMAN ANDREWS, WHO UNDERSTANDS THAT BUSINESS IS
IMPORTANT FOR CENTRAL VIRGINIA.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Steve Newman/(R) Lynchburg; :00
OUT Q=for central Virginia.
Financial reports show Andrews has raised nearly as much money as the likely
gubernatorial candidates, and SIX times more than his main GOP opponent John
If elected, he promises "not" to make politics his career.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, Russian president Boris Yeltsin hopes to
quiet concerns over his health,
and closer to home, we'll see why some people are afraid they're going to be
out of circulation. Len Besthoff has part two of his look at changes at the
Roanoke Times, when we come back.
Robin in Wx Center
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It appears Russian president Boris Yeltsin is alright-
He came out of seclusion today to meet with Vice President Al Gore.
The Vice President congratulated Yeltsin on his re-election and praised one
of his famous campaigning techniques.
((I PARTICULARY ADMIRED YOUR DANCING TECHNIQUE WHICH I SAW ON TELEVISION.))
OUT Q=SAW ON TELEVISION.
Concerns about Yeltsin's health cropped up when he cancelled a meeting with
((AL GORE/VICE PRESIDENT: I THINK THAT HE IS RELAXING AND GETTING SOME MUCH
NEEDED REST BUT OT ME HE LOOKS GOOD.))
OUT Q=TO ME HE LOOKS GOOD."
The two leaders spoke for about an hour on a variety of topics.
The car company that's fighting a federal sexual harrassment lawsuit- now
says it'll create a model work environment.
SUPER=03-Normal, IL/File Tape;
Mitsubishi says it'll train management and staff in sexual harrassment
But the women who claim they were harrassed say that's not enough.
((PATRICIA BENASSI/PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY: FIRST OF ALL THEY HAVE TO STAND UP AND
SAY IT HAPPENED AND WE'RE SORRY IT HAPPENED AND THEY HAVE TO COMPENSATE FOR
VICTIMS THE WOMEN OUT THERE WHO ARE TERRIBLY WOUNDED BY WHAT WENT ON.))
SUPER=01-Patricia Benassi/Plaintiff's Attorney;
OUT Q=BY WHAT WENT ON."
The EE-OC alleges hundreds of male employees fondled and made lewd remarks
to female co-workers at it's Normal, Illinois plant.
Mitsubishi management claims the accusations are unfounded.
The Pentagon says someone has smeared red swastikas on Army barracks at
Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The barracks house elite Special Forces soldiers, and black troops live
in most of the rooms that were targeted.
((KENNETH BACON/PENTAGON SPOKESMAN: THE HEAD COMMAND AND THE ARMY AS A WHOLE IS
WORKING HARD TO GET TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS AND DO WHAT THEY CAN TO PREVENT IT
FROM HAPPENING AGAIN.))
SUPER=01-Kenneth Bacon/Pentagon Spokesman;
OUT Q=from happening again."
In December, three white soldiers at Fort Bragg were charged in racially
A Florida woman who accidentally breast-fed someone elses newborn is suing
SUPER=03-Ft. Lauderdale, FL;
The babies mother has the AIDS virus- but it's too early to tell whether
the baby has it.
A nurse brought the baby into the woman's room.
((SHE OPENED HER EYES UPON AWAKENING LIFTED THE CHILD RELFEXINGLY INTO HER ARMS
AND BROUGHT THE BABY TO HER BREAST.))
((WITH REGARD TO POTENTIAL TRANSMISSION OF THE VIRUS IT'S NOT GONNA HAPPEN.))
SUPER=01-Kennteh Sobel/Woman's Lawyer; 00-03
SUPER=01-John Weatherhead/Aids Expert; 07-10 quick!!!
OUT Q=NOT GONNA HAPPEN."
The woman says the mistake caused fear and anguish.
For years, Roanoke Times readers were accustomed to DETAILED coverage
spanning all the way from the Alleghany Highlands to the coal-fields in far
But not anymore.
In part two of his series, Changing Times at the Roanoke Times, Len Besthoff
explains the paper's switch to covering a "Core Area."
IN Q=In recent
SUPER=01-Frosty Landon/Former Roanoke Times Editor; :32
SUPER=01-Marion Long/Roanoke Times Subscriber; :52
SUPER=01-Larry Chapman/Wytheville Resident; 1:07
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( To help cut costs, The Roanoke Times has defined a smaller, "Core Area" of
Roanoke, Botetourt, Bedford, Franklin, Montgomery and Pulaski counties, and
most of the independent towns and cities within receive the most attention,
just three years ago though, the paper regularly covered 19 counties.
SOT LANDON TAPE 10:21:59
IN Q=We want
((FROSTY LANDON/FORMER ROANOKE TIMES EDITOR: WE WANT PEOPLE IN ABINGDON, IN
GALAX IN COVINGTON, IN LEXINGTON AND MARTINSVILLE, TO SEE US AS A GREAT
REGIONAL REPORT, JUST AS YOU DO. BUT WE SAY TO THOSE FOLKS, FOR INTENSIVE
LOCAL NEWS COVERAGE, RELY ON YOUR LOCAL COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER. WE CAN'T BE
EVERYTHING FOR EVERYBODY.))
OUT Q=for everybody.
Many subscribers within the core area say they get more stories for their
SOT ROANOKE READERS TAPE 14:45:51
IN Q=There's more
((MARION LONG/ROANOKE TIMES SUBSCRIBER: THERE'S MORE IN DEPTH COVERAGE IT
SEEMS. AND I'D SAY THAT ALL AREAS OF THE, AT LEAST AS FAR AS SALEM IS
CONCERNED IS COVERED REALLY GOOD.))
OUT Q=really good.
But some outside the core area have dropped The Roanoke Times and switched
to other papers.
SOT 13:58:35 WYTHEVILLE READERS TAPE
IN Q=I feel
((LARRY CHAPMAN/WYTHEVILLE RESIDENT: I FEEL LIKE THE LOCAL COVERAGE HASN'T
BEEN THERE PERTAINING TO WYTHEVILLE, PARTICULARLY IN THE SPORTS.))
OUT Q=the sports.
Some readers have also noticed a lot of new names popping up on the paper's
bylines over the past few years.
We'll focus on that in part three of our series.
Len Besthoff, News-7.
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Stay with us, in just a moment we'll hear from a family who had to snatch
their child away from the jaws of an alligator,
and we'll see why a group of pets in Pulaski County needs man to be a dog's
MUSIC UP FULL
Botetourt County school officials say they're still NOT satisfied with the
amount of money they're getting.
This morning, they went before the Board of Supervisors in the hopes of
gaining an extra 500- thousand dollars for the school budget.
But they received only slightly more than half that amount.
A few months ago, the board cut the proposed school budget by 1- point- 4
That upset a number of residents... who felt the board was focusing too
heavily on attracting new businesses to the area.
At today's meeting Blue Ridge District Supervisor, Wendy Wingo, made a
motion to give the schools 400- thousand dollars in undesignated funds.
But that idea was voted down by a 3 to 2 vote.
A little boy is recovering tonight after an alligator attack in Florida.
SUPER=03-Fort Lauderdale, FL;
Alex (Tu-shara) fell off his bike into a canal in the Everglades National
The alligator clamped down on his body-
The boys' parents jumped in after him.
((MARIA TUCHARA/BOY'S MOM: WE JUST DID WHAT WE FELT WE COULD DO.))
SUPER=01-Maria Tuchara/Boy's Mom;
OUT Q=we felt we could do."
Maria Tuchara' has a cut on her hand.
That along with Alex's collapsed lung and puncture wounds to his chest
should all heal completely.
The family is looking forward to traveling back home to Brazil.
SUPER=332-Clear Skies/Patchy Fog/58-62/Mostly/Sunny/84-88;
In a move to further trim their pay roll, the Los Angeles Lakers have
traded George Lynch to the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Lynch goes to Vancouver with teammate Anthony Peeler and 2 draft picks. In
return, the Lakers receive 2 draft picks and free up 3.24 million dollars under
the salary cap.
This move further indicates The Lakers desire to do whatever it takes to
sign Shaquille O'Neil, who might command an annual salary somewhere in the
neighborhood of 20 million per season.
The Lakers have also signed center Sean Rooks to a multi year deal in the
event they cannot sign O'Neil.
Two newspapers from the Los Angeles area are also reporting that Dennis
Rodman is talking with the Lakers.
The reports say Agent Dwight Manley and the free agent Rodman have made
contact with LA. Manley also says Rodman should have a contract later this
week. Rodman's agent will meet with the Bull's Jerry Krause Thursday to see if
Chicago can work out a deal.
VO-NAT WIPE TO #eng
In other NBA news, the Indiana Pacers have re signed free agent forward
Antonio Davis and Dale Davis to multi year deals.
Financial terms were not disclosed but it is reported Dale's contract is a
a reported 7 years at 42 million.
Also, the Portland Trailblazers have signed former Charlotte Hornet point
guard Kenny Anderson to a deal reportedly worth 50 million dollars over 7
years, however the deal has not yet been confirmed.
At least the Braves hit their 17 game road trip with confidence. Today,
Atlanta reeled off it's 5th straight win, thus giving the world champs a
commanding 9 games lead over Montreal in the NL East.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Expos vs. Braves; :00
Jave Lopez and Chipper Jones led the Braves back in the eighth and ninth
inning with key hits as they beat the Expos 3-to-2.
Jones laced a run scoring single in the bottom of the ninth to complete the
Braves 3-2 victory over the Expos.
All-pro Cowboy wide receiver Michael Irvin was sentenced yesterday in
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX; :00
He arrived in court with his daughter in his arms and his lawyers by his
He was given four years probation, a $10 thousand dollar fine and ordered to
perform 800 hours of community service.
IN Q="This plea...
((MICHAEL IRVIN/COWBOYS RECEIVER:))
SUPER=01-Michael Irvin/Cowboys Receiver; :00
OUT Q=...the community."
Judge Manny Alvarez told Irvin he also must undergo counseling and drug and
alcohol testing within the next 45 days.
IN Q="I am sorry...
OUT Q=...BLESS EVERYBODY."
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SUPER=0092-j/St. Louis/5//Cincinnati/4////Philadelphia/3/j/New York/6///;
Pitched 3 Hitter/;
We are hardly done with sports tonight, in a few, highlights from the Tour
de France, plus we will hit the links at the rock for the games
and hometown racing gets a boost for the July race.
The Commonwealth Games junior golf tournament at Hanging Rock Golf Course
is in the books.
The 69 golfers began second round action of the 36 hole stroke play tourney
this morning. With the passing of yesterday's thunder storm, the golfers could
focus on beating each other instead of the elements.
IN Q="I was
((BILLY MCBRIDE/HANGING ROCK GOLF DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Billy McBride/Hanging Rock Golf Director; :00
OUT Q=....virtually impossible"
It was also impossible for Meg Davies NOT to win a medal. She was the only
girl who entered the Commonwealth Games golf event.
IN Q="it was
((MEG DAVIES/GOLD MEDAL WINNER:))
SUPER=01-Meg Davies/Gold medal Winner; :00
OUT Q=....hope for the best"
SS=HOLD COMMONWEALTH GAMES!!!!!!!!!
Here are your winners on the boys side. Ryan Sypniewski won the
10-11 year old division, Matt Mansell captured gold in the 13-14's, Brandon
laCroix won the 15, 16's and, Lee Fisher topped Justin Young in a playoff to
win the 17-18's.
GRAPHIC=Tour de France
To cycling. Overall leader Bjarne Riis captures today's stage of the Tour De
Danish rider Bjarne Riis won the 124-mile stage in a time of 4:56:16, 49
seconds ahead of Frenchmen Richard Virenque. Riis maintains the overall lead
for the tenth day in row.
Meanwhile, police detonated a bomb found along Wednesday and Thursday's
route in northern Spain.
It was believed to be planted by a group of Basque Separatists. For
precautionary measures, race officials have tightened security along the route
The Kroger-WDBJ-250 is July 27th and, thanks to a little elbow grease, your
Hometown Station has just about every angle covered for the New River Valley
Yesterday station engineers were busy installing three in car cameras into
Tony McGuire's Chevrolet.
WDBJ has used seven cameras in each of its first five LIVE telecasts from the
track but we will now be able to give the viewer two new looks from inside
McGuire's car, plus a rear bumper cam shot.
The Martinsville Speedway and the United Way have joined forces and will work
together in the Martinsville and Henry County areas later this Fall.
The speedway hopes to raise $800 thousand bucks for the areas 23 non-profit
Darrell Waltrip, the second winningest driver in Martinsville history will
serve as guest speaker for a kickoff dinner at the track on September 19th, and
his younger brother Michael Waltrip and Citgo Ford crew chief Eddie Wood also
have agreed to make a video on behalf of the United Way.
Eight dogs and two cats rescued from a defunct kennel in Pulaski County are
still waiting for a family.
Tipton Ridge Veterinary Clinic has cared for 29 animals authorities seized
from the former Solid Rock Kennel in early June.
Nine were put down due to disease and other problems, and only 10 have been
Veterinarian Randy Vaughn says his staff has been stretched to the limit
caring for the animals, and after 45 days in cages the remaining 10 desperately
((RANDY VAUGHN/VETERINARIAN: WE THINK WE KNOW THEIR DISPOSITIONS WELL ENOUGH
THAT WE CAN PRETTY MUCH GUARANTEE YOU A NICE HOUSEHOLD PET OR AT LEAST ONE FOR
THE FAMILY YARD. ))
OUT Q=the family yard.
All of the dogs and cats taken to Tipton Ridge have been treated, vaccinated
and spayed or neutered.
The former owners of Solid Rock Kennel, Terry Weaver and Annette Jenkins
face 31 counts each of cruelty to animals.