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As divers continue to search for the victims of T-W-A flight 800, family
members voice frustration over conflicting reports on the number of bodies
and one of the area's largest employers announces some layoffs.
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Stay with us the news is next.
It appears one of Salem's largest employers is set to layoff a portion of
its work force.
Scott Prince has been tracking this story all morning and joins us from the
newsroom with the latest.
Melanie... we don't have all the details yet... but we DO know this.
Yokohama Tires has informed the union that layoffs are on the way.
That information comes from Local 10-23 representative Eddie Robitson.
He would not say at this point how many jobs would be lost... or when the
company would make the official announcement.
Nor would he say WHY the company has opted to layoff some of its workers.
But it could be in response to the loss of a major customer.
Last month, Washington based Price- Costco, said it would no longer carry
products made by Yokohama after they received a bad batch of tires.
More than thirty percent of the tires made at the Salem plant went directly
to Price Costco.
When all of this happened, plant manager Jim Hawk said production of those
tires would be slowly phased out over the next year.
But he also said that there were no immediate plans for layoffs.
As we said, we're still waiting for the official word as to why the job cuts
Obviously, Melanie we'll be following this story all day... and we'll have
updates on News- 7 at 5 and 6.
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One week after the crash of T-W-A flight 800 off Long Island, families of
the crash victims are demanding answers.
Already distraught by the delays in recovering victims they are now venting
their anger over conflicting reports over the exact number of bodies that have
been spotted and recovered.
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The first funeral for one of the victims was held this morning in New York
Friends and family said goodbye to Jill (Sim-ka-wicks) Ciemkiewicz at St.
She was one of the flight attendants killed in the crash.
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Meantime, back at the crash site divers have reached the huge chunk of
wreckage sitting on the ocean floor.
They hope to find more bodies and the plane's two black boxes.
Liz Mullen has more.
IN Q=This morning, CBS News
SUPER=03-Off Long Island, NY;:00
SUPER=01-Sgt. John Cummings/NYC Police Scuba Team; :31
SUPER=01-George Pataki/New York Governor; :50 (QUICK!!)
SUPER=01-Robert Francis/NTSB Vice Chairman; :54
SUPER=01-Liz Mullen/Reporting; 1:34
OUT Q=Liz Mullen for CBS News.
THIS MORNING CBS NEWS HAS LEARNED THAT A THIRD PIECE OF FUSELAGE MEASURING
40 FEET LONG...HAS BEEN LOCATED. THIS IS ENCOURAGING FOR DIVERS WHO HAVE BEEN
SEARCHING FOR DAYS.
A BOOST TO THE SEARCH IS THE ARRIVAL OF THE USS GRASP...AND TODAY'S EXPECTED
ARRIVAL OF THE SS OAK HILL..BOTH STATE OF THE ART SALVAGE AND RESCUE
SHIPS..EQUIPPED WITH EXTRA DIVERS AND HIGH TECH GEAR. THE DIVE IS A RISKY
TASK...SOME DIVERS HAVE BEEN CUT ON METAL OTHERS HAVE BECOME ENTANGLED IN
WIRE. THEN THERE ARE THE EMOTIONAL ENTANGLEMENTS.
SOT/WITH DIVER/SGT. JOHN CUMMINGS/NYC POLICE SCUBA TEAM.
THERE ARE CONFLICTING REPORTS AS TO HOW MANY BODIES HAVE BEEN SEEN--STILL
TRAPPED IN AND NEAR DEBRIS ON THE OCEAN FLOOR.
GOV. GEORGE PATAKI/(R) NY
"THERE ARE DOZENS AND DOZENS OF BODIES"
ROBERT FRANCIS/VICE CHAIRMAN NTSB
"I KNOW NOTHING OF THAT"
THIS DISCREPANCY IS ENFURIATING THE FAMILIES OF THE VICTIMS..
SOT/CATHERINE GABOR/LOST HER BROTHER
EACH DAY THAT GOES BY---CHEMICAL RESIDUE THAT COULD POINT TO AN EXPLOSIVE
DEVICE IS WASHED AWAY.
LIZ MULLEN STANDUP CLOSE.))
An autopsy has determined a Danville man found dead in his car over the
weekend did NOT die from head injuries brought on by a car accident.
23- year old Pierre Lamont Pritchett was discovered in the front seat of a
car around 11:45 Saturday night.
At first police said his death appeared to be related to a vehicle accident.
But an autopsy has determined Pritchett died from a gunshot wound to the
His car was resting up against a fence at Market Garden Field-- in the 500
block of Henry Street.
When he was found, Pritchett as suffering from head injuries.
Police say their investigation is continuing.
A head-on collision in Campbell County kills one man and injures three
It happened last night on State Route 6-96.
State police say a pickup truck driven by 75-year-old Sherman Foreman of
Gladys was headed south when he swerved to avoid an oncoming car.
The two vehicles collided.
A passenger in the car, 18-year-old Anthony Dews, also of Gladys, was
Foreman, along with the driver of the car, 16-year-old Francis Nicole
Critchley of Hurt, and another passenger of the car, 20-year-old Rondel Graves
were taken to the hospital.
Critchley was treated and released - the other two are in satisfactory
Police say charges are pending against Critchley.
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The operator of a Botetourt County cattle farm is charged with one count of
cruelty to animals in the deaths of 80 head of cattle.
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Authorities say the cattle were owned by an Ohio rancher, and were to be
temporarily pastured on a 400-acre spread operated by Roger Steele.
They were discovered last month when neighbors reported a stench to the
Health Department, nine days after the cattle were dropped off.
Steele said he didn't know the cattle had been delievered, so they were
never fed or watered.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Up next, we'll hear what Roanoke County's fire chief has to say about a
controversial fire that left an elderly woman homeless,
and it's been a rollercoaster of year for Danville's Police Department.
We'll hear more from Chief Neal Morris.
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The Danville Police Department has had its ups and downs this year.
It recently was awarded funding to hire 19-new officers.
On the down side, it's been named in four separate lawsuits with allegations
ranging from police brutality to discrimination.
Police Chief Neal Morris tells his side of the story to our reporter Teresa
IN Q=There are
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :20
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :45
SUPER=01-Chris Blevins/Danville Police Officer; :55
SUPER=01-Joe Hancock/Danville Police Officer; 1:05
OUT Q=Hamilton, News 7.
((There are 122- sworn officers in the Danville Police Department-- of that
number, Morris says, approximately 12- to 14 percent are minorities.
In a city that's nearly 37- percent African American-- the low percentage of
minority officers has been a sore point for some civil rights advocates.
IN Q=We've asked
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF: WE'VE ASKED THE MINISTERIAL ASSOCIATION TO
HELP US IN RECRUITMENT EFFORTS OVER THE YEARS, WE DO THE BEST WE CAN IN TRYING
TO RECRUIT BLACK OFFICERS INTO THE DEPARTMENT, WE TRY TO FIND THE BEST PERSON
FOR THE JOB, WHATEVER THEIR RACE MAY BE. ))
OUT Q=race may be.
Race and gender aside, Morris says all recruits are trained the same.
They initially ride with an experienced officer.
After that the new hires are sent to Martinsville, where through satellite,
they are linked with the New River Criminal Justice Training Academy for a
state mandated 12- week intensive course.
IN Q=The training
((CHRIS BLEVINS/DANVILLE POLICE OFFICER: THE TRAINING IS SUPERB, IT IS GREAT
TRAINING, IT REALLY HELPED MYSELF, AS WELL AS MY, THE OTHER OFFICERS THAT ARE
TRAINED, THAT ATTENDED THE ACADEMY. ))
OUT Q=the academy.
((JOE HANCOCK/DANVILLE POLICE OFFICER: THEY PUT US INTO SITUATIONS THAT ANY
OFFICERS CAN BE PUT INTO, WE'RE TRAINED HOW TO HANDLE THEM THE CORRECT WAY, BY
LAW, AND BY PROTECT OURSELVES AND THE CITIZENS AT THE SAME TIME. ))
OUT Q=same time.
After the 12- week course is complete, Morris says the new hires continue to
He strongly denies his officers use racist language.
And, while he admits his officers aren't perfect, he says they work under
extreme pressure and mistakes do happen.
IN Q=We have
((NEAL MORRIS: WE HAVE SENSITIVITY TRAINING, DIVERSITY TRAINING, ALL OF THESE
THINGS THAT SHOULD AID THE POLICE OFFICERS IN DEALING WITH THE PEOPLE IN THE
FIELD, BUT AS I SAY, IF YOU TREAT EVERYBODY THE SAME, IT REALLY DOESN'T MATTER
WHAT YOUR COLOR IS, YOU WANT TO TREAT EVERYBODY WITH RESPECT.
BUTT BUTT BUTT
WE'RE CERTAINLY NOT GOING TO MISTREAT ANYBODY. ))
OUT Q=mistreat anybody.
For those, however, who feel they've been abused or treated rudely, there is
recourse. You can fill out a written complaint.
An investigation and hearing will follow.
If the officer is found to be in the wrong, the department can take
disciplinary action. Regardless of the outcome-- a letter is forwarded to the
complainant. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
A Roanoke county fire left an elderly woman homeless earlier this month.
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Since then, residents have questioned why firefighters did not respond
faster to the blaze on Oakland Boulevard.
Some Hollins area residents say there aren't enough firefighters to man the
IN Q=This manpower problem
((GROVER MCCLOUD/HOLLINS RESIDENT: THIS MANPOWER PROBLEM HAS BEEN GOING ON TOO
LONG, AND NOW IS THE TIME TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM-- NOT AFTER MORE LIVES ARE
LOST AND THEIR RESPONSE TIME GROW LONGER. ))
SUPER=01-Grover McCloud/Hollins Resident;
OUT Q=time grow longer
Last night, the county board of supervisors heard a report from the fire
He says the response time for the Oakland Boulevard fire was
in-appropriate-- but the department is working on ways to improve.
IN Q=I will continue
((THOMAS FUQUA/ROANOKE CO. FIRE CHIEF: I WILL CONTINUE TO MONITOR, ALONG WITH
CHIEF BURCH, HE'LL BE COMING TO WORK NEXT WEEK. AND WE WILL BE WORKING WITH
THE HOLLINS GROUP IN ORDER TO ASSIST THEM WHERE NECESSARY TO ASSURE THAT WE'LL
ELIMINATE THINGS LIKE THIS FROM HAPPENING IN THE FUTURE. ))
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OUT Q=happening in the future
The chief says the department will continue seeking volunteer
firefighters, and has made a video to help with recruitment.
Earlier in the day, supervisors approved additional funding for
improvements at Fort Lewis Elementary school.
The renovations include a new cafeteria and kitchen, new classrooms, air
conditioning, and many other improvements.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, a
Norfolk Southern posts yet another solid quarter of earnings,
and if you have a hard time just kicking back and relaxing, stay tuned - a good
foot massage may be all you need.
Maybe you've already heard about reflexology...essentially, it's just a
way of treating what ails you, by massaging the soles of the feet.
Connie Stevens learned more about it from two certified reflexologists at
Michele's (MICHELLE'S) Salon in Roanoke.
IN Q=Are you
SUPER=01-Harry Davis/Reflexology Client; :36
SUPER=01-Becky Paxton/Certified Reflexologist; :55
SUPER=01-Linda Moyer/Certified Reflexologist; 1:22
OUT Q=CS, Health Check.
IN Q=Are you NAT SOUND
((ARE YOU RELAXED? ))
It would be pretty difficult NOT to relax in the hands of Linda Moyer....
She's performing reflexology on a client we think is awake.
It's an alternative therapy working on the principal that certain spots on
the feet are directly linked to other body parts-- including muscles, bones and
IN Q=Right down NAT SOUND
((RIGHT DOWN IN HERE IS THE LYMPH GLANDS BETWEEN THE TOES, AND RIGHT DOWN HERE
IS SINUS AND ALLERGIES. ))
OUT Q=sinus and allergies.
For stockbroker Harry Davis, a nearly hour-long foot massage is just what
it takes to relieve the stresses of the day.
IN Q=It's been a
((HARRY DAVIS/REFLEXOLOGY CLIENT: IT'S BEEN A GREAT HELP WITH MY MIGRAINES AND
MY SINUSES AND JUST LETTING STRESS POUR OUT, IT'S WONDERFUL.))
OUT Q=it's wonderful.
Moyer and her associate Becky Paxton say with over seven-thousand nerve
endings in the foot, it only makes sense that reflex areas correspond to
specific body parts.
IN Q=If one thing's
((BECKY PAXTON/CERTIFIED REFLEXOLOGIST: IF ONE THING'S OUT OF WHACK,
EVERYTHING'S OUT OF WHACK. SO IT JUST MAKES YOU RELAX AND JUST CALM YOURSELF.
CAUSE STRESS WILL DAMAGE A LOT MORE THAN WHAT YOU THINK. ))
OUT Q=what you think.
Reflexology is practiced on either the feet or hands...clients pick their
The end result should be complete relaxation.
IN Q=It's good
((LINDA MOYER/REFLEXOLOGISTS: IT'S GOOD FOR HEADACHES, MIGRAINES, PEOPLE THAT
WORK ON COMPUTERS WILL GET LIKE STIFF NECKS, PMS, IT'S WONDERFUL ALL OVER, AND
IT'S DRUGLESS, IT'S MAINLY FOR STRESS AND CIRCULATION. ))
A relexology session at Michele's Salon lasts close to an hour, and costs
about 35 dollars.
Connie Stevens, Health Check.))
When it comes to earnings, Norfolk Southern's track record recently has been
so consistent that it has almost become boring.
But probably not to investors.
Today N-S Chairman David Goode announced the rail giant had another record
It posted profits of nearly 200- million- dollars, up 10- percent compared
to the same period a year ago.
Goode also expects the company will have a solid second half of the year.
Norfolk Southern is one of the area's largest employers, boasting a
workforce in the region that tops three- thousand people.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN 15 points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Patrick has sports next, including the story everyone is talking about --
how American gymnast Kerri Strug swept them off there feet last night at the
MUSIC UP FULL
American athletes continue to strike it rich in Atlanta.
Team U-S-A leads the medal count at the Olympics with 24 medals, nine gold.
One of the medals went to the women's gymnastic team last night, as it picked
up its first ever gold.
But victory came with a painful sacrifice.
Dave Fehling explains.
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SUPER=01-Dominique Moceanu/Team Member; :21 quick
SUPER=01-Bela Karolyi/Coach; :24
SUPER=01-Kerri Strug/Team Member; 1:04 quick
SUPER=01-Dave Fehling/Reporting; 1:09
OUT Q=cbs news, Atlanta.
They are tiny, they are young, but Tuesday night, they became
For the first time in history, the united states women's gymnastics
team won the gold, ending 40 years of soviet women's gymnastics domination.
The team celebrated at a downtown atlanta nightclub.
The victory came after a dramatic vault by 18-year-old kerri strug
She sprinted down the runway, springing backward off the vault,
twisting one and half times in the air, and landing on her heels.
Both feet stayed planted for a second, then the left one shot up,
strug collapsing onto the mat in pain.
She told her coach bela karolyi she thought she'd broked her
Karolyi would later carry her to the podium to join her team-mates
as they recieved thier gold medals.
Doctors would later say strug's ankle is sprained, not broken.
The untied state's women's team has made history...its the first time since
1952 that gymnasts from what was the soviet union didn't take home the gold.
Dave Fehling, CBS News, Atlanta.))
The team's physician says Strug's ankle has only a 50-50 chance of being
healed enough for Thursday individual competition.
Meantime the men take center stage tonight.
Three Americans have qualified for today's individual all-around finals.
Salem and Frederick hook up tonight for game three of a four game set at
Salem Memorial Stadium.
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Avalanche skipper Bill McGuire had to feel pretty good as he filled out
last night's lineup card.
He was named managerial prospect of the Carolina League in the August 5th
issue of "Baseball America".
Salem made McGuire's job easy with a three run first.
John Guidice smacks one into right scoring Garrett Neubart and Chan Mayber.
Guidice races home two batters later on a double steal, despite the big
collision at the plate.
Frederick strikes back in the second.
Craig Daedelow delivers a shot to the gap.
The two-run double plates Rick Wolf and Wady Almonte, trimming the lead to
The Keys eventually pulled ahead. Rick Short cracks a Luther Hackman
delivery into left, scoring Daedlow and the Keys go on to win it nine to five.
In other Carolina League action -- Lynchburg beat Wilmington 11 to six.
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Coming up on Health Check today--
A report on midwives....we'll talk to one Roanoke woman who just delivered
twins in her own home.... by choice.
Plus, we'll hear what some obstetricians have to say about it.
That's later today on News 7 at FIVE.
Thanks for joining us, and have a great day.