A wheelchair-bound Bedford County man is killed when his house burns to the
and more roller coaster action is expected today on Wall Street.
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Don't go away, the news is next.
Officials say a lit cigarette apparently caused an early-morning fire that
killed an elderly Bedford County man.
Authorities say 80- year- old Jobe (JOE-bee) Nelms died when his Body Camp
home went up in flames at about 3:15.
Nelms' brother was sleeping in a pickup truck in the front yard, and awoke
to find the house on fire.
IN Q=He woke up
((INVEST. GARY FARIBAULT/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: HE WOKE UP TO A NOISE,
HE'S NOT REALLY SURE WHAT IT WAS, IT COULD'VE BEEN A WINDOW POPPING OUT OR
BREAKING OUT OR WHATEVER, SAW THE HOUSE WAS ON FIRE AND HE WENT AND OPENED THE
DOOR TRYING TO GET TO HIS BROTHER.))
((ASST. CHIEF RONNIE CHEEK/MONETA V.F.D.: I JUST LIVE RIGHT ACROSS THE ROAD
HERE AND I WAS ONE OF THE FIRST ONES ON THE SCENE, I GOT HERE BEFORE THE TRUCKS
DID, IT WAS FULLY INVOLVED. IT WAS NO WAY WE COULD HAVE DONE ANYTHING WITH
SUPER=01-Invest. Gary Faribault/Bedford Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
SUPER=01-Asst. Chief Ronnie Cheek/Moneta V.F.D.; :12
OUT Q=anything with it.
Nelms was confined to a wheelchair.
He was found in his front bedroom, where authorities believe the fire
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A fire at a hotel in southern China today killed at least 29 people and
injured more than a dozen.
Most of the victims died of smoke inhalation, while some were killed or
injured when they jumped out of windows.
The fire broke out at about two this morning in the hotel's restaurant.
More grisly evidence today of war crimes in Bosnia.
U-N investigators have unearthed 86 bodies at a site near the town of
More than six-thousand Muslim men disappeared from Srebrenica last July,
after Serb troops overran their villages.
The bodies are being collected for identification, and to help with
the indictment of war criminals.
The U-N, lead by American envoy Richard Holbrooke, continues to go after
Holbrooke met with Serb president Slobodan Milosevic today urging him to
put pressure on the Serbs to remove Radovan Karadzic from power.
THE US IS NOT HAPPY WITH THE LEVEL OF
COMPLIANCE WITH THE DAYTON AGREEMENTS AND WE ARE PARTICULARLY UNHAPPY WITH
THE LEVEL OF COMPLIANCE WITH THE SERBS AND REPUBLIC OF SERBIA. ))
SUPER=01-Richard Holbrooke/Special U.S. Envoy;
OUT Q= republic of SERBIA.
Karadzic, along with Serb General Ratko Mladic, are two of the most wanted
men by the war crimes tribunal.
It could be another wild ride on Wall Street.
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Stocks scored big early gains today, then began to give back some of that
Yesterday the Dow Jones industrials started with a gain, then plummeted 167
points, then came all the way back to end with a small gain.
As Ray Brady reports it was the busiest day ever on Wall Street.
IN Q=they'll never forget
SUPER=01-Ray Brady/Reporting; :00
SUPER=03-New York, NY; :16
OUT Q=CBS NEWS, NEW YORK;
Checking in on the market, just before the hour the DOW was UP more than 27
Three years ago, the F-B-I searched the Bedford County drugstore of
pharmacist Joseph Chopski, seized his business records and charged him with
Chopski was found NOT guilty on all 19 counts of fraud last night.
Keith Humphry has the story.
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.))
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When News 7 returns,
Time is running out for a Virginia death row inmate convicted of killing his
and after being rescued from a kennel where the owners were CORRECTION:
mistreating them, these pets still need loving homes.
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Authorities in Mississippi continue to search for clues in TWO triple
slayings that occurred on the same day.
Three people were killed execution style in a furniture store in the small
town of Winona.
One survivor -- a local high school all-star baseball player -- is reported
in very critical condition.
All four were shot in the head.
Hundreds of miles away in Philadelphia, Mississippi, three people were
found shot to death in a parked car.
Police say robbery was a motive in the murders.
The nationally syndicated program "America's Most Wanted" is featuring the
unsolved slayings of two female hikers in Shenandoah National Park.
The National Park Service says the episode will air this Saturday.
24-year-old Julianne Williams and 26-year-old Lollie Winans were slashed to
death at a campsite near the Appalachian Trail.
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A man convicted of killing his live-in lover in Bedford County is scheduled
to die by lethal injection tonight.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./File Tape;
Joseph Savino pleaded guilty to capital murder in the November 19-88 killing
of Tom Mc-Waters.
Savino said in an interview this week that Mc-Waters supported him and gave
him money but hounded him for sex.
In appeals, attorneys for Savino have contended that police badgered
him into confessing even though he repeatedly asked for a lawyer.
Meantime, researchers at Virginia Tech say a new survey shows that
Virginians strongly support the death penalty.
The Center for Survey Research says 83 percent of those polled are in favor
of capital punishment, up from 80 percent last year.
But the survey also showed respondents were only in favor of the death
penalty when there were no other options are available.
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Eight dogs and two cats rescued from a defunct kennel in Pulaski County are
still looking for a reprieve.
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 10 have been adopted.
Veterinarian Randy Vaughn says his staff has been stretched to the limit
caring for the animals, and the remaining 10 desperately need homes.
All of the dogs and cats have been treated, vaccinated and spayed or
The former owners of Solid Rock Kennel, Terry Weaver and Annette Jenkins
face 31 counts each of cruelty to animals.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7,
A Hollywood actor spends the night in jail after passing out in a
and another star causes quite a stir at a birthday party, but it's intentional.
We'll show you what he was celebrating.
Robert Downey Junior is in jail this afternoon for the second time in less
than a month.
Los Angeles authorities say the actor was found passed out in a stranger's
house, just four blocks from his own.
He could be charged with trespassing and being under the influence.
Downey is already facing charges stemming from an arrest last month.
Police say Downey was driving under the influence and they found cocaine,
heroin and a concealed gun in his car.
The world's richest man celebrated his birthday to the beat of Michael
OUT Q=(nats of jackson singing)
The pop star performed before a crowd of three- thousand at a party for the
Sultan of Brunei (broo-ny).
Jackson, who arrived on Saturday, is also scheduled to give a public
performance as part of 15 days of celebrations.
More than 30- thousand fans are expected to attend the concert which is
being paid for by the Sultan.
We've just learned that the U-S Supreme Court has refused to stop tonight's
scheduled execution of Joseph Savino.
The court, on a 7-to-2 vote today, rejected Savino's request for a stay.
We'll have more on this story tonight on News 7.
The way may be clear for Time Warner's mega-merger with Turner Broadcasting
Time Warner says federal officials have agreed to approve the deal, worth
seven and a-half billion dollars.
It would create the biggest entertainment and media conglomerate in the
At one time, the Roanoke Times provided DETAILED coverage from the Alleghany
Highlands to the coal-fields in far southwest Virginia.
But now the paper is focusing on what it calls a "Core Area."
Len Besthoff explains what this means in part two of his series, Changing
Times at the Roanoke Times."
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.
And you can catch part three tonight on News 7 at six and eleven.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Stick around - Patrick has sports next, including some new homes for some
old N-B-A stars,
and virtual RACE-ality.
We'll show you how our live coverage of the Kroger/W-D-B-J 2-50 will take
you to another dimension.
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All-pro Cowboy wide receiver Michael Irvin has been sentenced.
SUPER=03-Dallas, TX; :00
He arrived in court yesterday with his daughter in his arms and his lawyers
by his side.
Irvin was given four years probation, a 10- thousand dollar fine and ordered
to perform eight- hundred hours of community service.
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...
((MICHAEL IRVIN:I AM SORRY FOR TAKING EVERYBODY THROUGH IT. THERE'S NO GETTING
AROUND IT. THERE'S NO GETTING AROUND IT. I WAS WRONG. I WAS WRONG. GOD
SUPER=01-Michael Irvin/Cowboys Receiver; :00
OUT Q=...BLESS EVERYBODY."
In a move to further trim their payroll, the Los Angeles Lakers are sending
George Lynch to the Vancouver Grizzlies.
Lynch goes to Vancouver with teammate Anthony Peeler and two draft picks.
In return, the Lakers receive two draft picks and free up three-point-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 L-A.
Manley also says Rodman should have a contract later this week.
Rodman's agent will meet with the Bull's Jerry Krause tomorrow to see if
Chicago can work out a deal.
The Kroger-W-D-B-J-250 is July 27th at the New River Valley Speedway and your
Hometown Station has just about every angle covered.
Yesterday station engineers were busy installing three in- car cameras into
Tony McGuire's Chevrolet.
W-D-B-J has used seven cameras in each of its first five LIVE telecasts from
the track, but now we can give the viewer two new looks from inside McGuire's
car, plus a rear bumper cam shot.
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Also coming up today on News 7 at FIVE-- maybe you've heard of the Cabbage
Soup Fat-Burning Diet.
It's been around for years, a fad making it's way around the country.
Today on Health Check, we'll hear from one Roanoke man whose lost nearly
70 pounds on the plan....we'll also see what an area dietician thinks of it
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Folks in Downtown Roanoke are enjoying free ice cream and cokes as they offer
ideas to the project called "Outlook Downtown Roanoke".
Consultants are here to give a presentation to the public tonight at the
Roanoke City Market Building. They've identified a number of ways the city can
expand and improve the downtown area.
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IN Q=The market is
((ROB ROBINSON/UDA CONSULTANTS: THE MARKET IS CONTAINED BETWEEN JEFFERSON AND
WILLIAMSON AND CAN EXTEND NORTH INTO THE CITY AND WEST. THERE ARE MANY
INITIATIVES ALONG THE RAILROAD TRACKS. THAT'S BECOME AN INTENSE FOCUS. ))
SUPER=01-Rob Robinson/UDA Consultants;
OUT Q=intense focus.
The planning process is about half way done.
Roanoke officials say "Outlook Downtown Roanoke" could become a reality
sometime next year.
They're giving away the ice cream and cokes until 1:30 this afternoon at
That's it for News 7 at Noon. Bye Bye.