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Convicted killer Randall Lee Smith is freed from Prison.
This man is charged with trying to hijack a U-S air jet headed for
Plus employees of a local company tell federal investigators the company's
been fradulently billing.
Clouds and showers on the weather horizon. Looks rather breezy as well.
Details just ahead.
On Health Check, the F-D-A says "no way" to a new drug to treat obesity.
Plus, kids and pain....many aren't being treated, despite a host of
options now available.
After 15-years behind bars for the murder of two hikers, Randall Lee Smith
leaves prison--heading home to Pearisburg.
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Good Evening I'm Jean Jadhon.
Randall Lee Smith is back in the New River Valley.
The convicted killer arrived at the Dublin Correctional Center this
afternoon, where he's being fitted with an electronic monitoring device.
He was released from there just moments ago to begin several years of
Smith has been in prison for 15 years for killing two hikers from Maine on
the Appalachian Trail.
A plea bargain made him eligible for parole in 1986.
But he didn't get out until his mandatory release date came up this week.
The rioting is over, and a lockdown is in force at California State Prison-
The trouble broke out this morning in an exercise yard- involving more than
One inmate was killed, eight were injured from stab wounds.
Six others were wounded from gunfire when guards tried to break up the
Guards seized several homemade knives in the fight-
They say the dispute appeared to be between black and hispanic inmates.
Authorities have recovered the body of a Pulaski County man from the New
River, and a search is underway for two alleged killers.
The body of 43 year- old Elmer Eugene Fisher was pulled from the river in
the Parrott area this morning.
Officials say there appeared to be numerous stab wounds on his upper body,
neck and head.
Sheriff's investigators have secured warrants for the arrest of 22 year- old
Darick Dewayne Wetzel and 27 year- old Joseph Ray Graham, Junior.
((RALPH DOBBINS/PULASKI CO. SHERIFF: RIGHT NOW THEY'RE CONSIDERED FUGITIVES
BECAUSE WE HAVE INFORMATION THAT THEY REALIZE THEY'RE BEING LOOKED FOR AND
THEY'RE ON THE RUN TO AVOID APPREHENSION. ))
SUPER=01-Ralph Dobbins/Pulaski Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=to avoid apprehension.
Dobbins says according to an eyewitness, Wetzel and Graham were mad at
Fisher for a fight the trio had had the week before.
Dobbins says Wetzel and Graham allegedly chased Fisher into the river,
stabbed him repeatedly, then held him under water until he was dead.
Fisher's family reported him missing yesterday. He hadn't been since
Wetzel and Graham are both charged with murder.
Employees of ARCOVA- the American Research Corporation of Virginia- tell
federal investigators the company has been fraudulently billing the government
on defense contracts.
Federal agents seized hundreds of documents and computer records from the
research firm yesterday.
According to the search warrant affidavit filed today, company President
Russell Churchill charged hundreds of hours of research time for work on
government contracts he never performed.
According to the government agent: whenever one contract was running out of
funds- but wasn't finished yet- ARCOVA employees were told to mark their time
sheets to show they were working on a contract that still had money.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- the latest developments in Israel as
fighting there continued today.
And was it just a rowdy passenger or a possible hijacking that lead to the
arrest of a 25-year old man in Nashville.
The government is trying to get pro-active, when it comes to the overuse
How we got to this point-- and what to do about it, on Health Check.
In Blacksburg, plant lovers are taking their claim on the Virginia
Patrick has a live report, when we come back.
Six people are dead in fighting today between Israelis and Palestinians.
SUPER=03-West Bank, Israel;
including a senior Israeli official.
The battles began when Palestinians protested over the opening of a tunnel
next to a Muslim holy place.
But Israel's prime minister says the tunnel does not infringe on the holy
place and he claims the Palestinian leaders know that.
((BENJAMIN NETANYAHU/ISRAELI PRIME MINISTE: THAT WAS A DELIBERATE ACT OF
INCITING THE RIOTS THAT WERE NOT SPONTANIOUS AT FIRST, BUT ORGANIZED BY THE
SUPER=01-Benjamin Netanyahu/Israeli Prime Minister;
OUT Q=the palestinian authority."
Sources close to PLO leader Yasser Arafat says he has issued fresh orders to
stop any attacks on Isrealis.
Some tense moments aboard a U-S Air plane- when a man apparently attempted
to hijack the jet.
The plane with 119 people aboard was on it's way from Las Vegas to
Charlotte- when the pilot radioed the Nashville control tower that a hijacking
was taking place.
The pilot was able to land in Nashville at about five this morning.
((KEN WALSH/FBI: THE PILOT TAXIED THE AIRCRAFT TO A CONCOURSE AREA. THREE
NASHVILLE AIRPORT POLICE OFFICERS BOARDED THE PLANE AT THE CAPTAIN'S REQUST.
THE SUSPECT WAS IDENTIFIED TO THEM AND SUBDUED, PLACED UNDER ARREST AND REMOVED
FROM THE PLANE.))
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Police arrested 25 year old Danny Walters of Clarkton, North Carolina.
The FBI would not comment on reports that Walters had a weapon or that he
assaulted an air crew member.
About a dozen American families of victims from TWA Flight 800 headed to
Paris last night.
They left Kennedy airport on a TWA plane to meet families of European
The airline provided free tickets for the trip.
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((JOHN SEAMAN/VICTIM'S RELATIVE: EVERYBODY;S WORKING ON RECOVERING THE PLANE,
BUT NOBODY'S WORKING ON RECOVERING THE WRECKED PEOPLE...OF THE CRASH. ))
SUPER=01-John Seaman/Victim's Relative;
OUT Q=OF THE CRASH
Flight 800 was bound for Paris when it exploded minutes after takeoff July
Some of the extraordinary plants you've seen this season on Growin It would
be nice to own.
So imagine getting them for free? Patrick Evans is in the thick of things
at the annual plant give-away.
(patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
Once a year, the Horticulture Gardens at Virginia Tech open up the the
gates an invite the public to come and dig up what they can.
growin it DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans joins us from Blacksburg with a live report on the
pandemonium about to erupt on the Tech Campus.
Patrick, has the weather effected the crowds?
SUPER=01-Bob Lyons/Horticulture Gardens Director;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
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SUPER=331-Cloudy Skies/Wind S-10/63-66/Showers Late/Gusty S Wind/74-78;
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SUPER=334-Showers And/Thunderstorms/60-65/Showers & Windy/SW-20/70-73;
health music under
Still to come--Mike has qualifying from the very last Winston Cup race in
On Health Check--
It may not be as cool as a cowboy hat,
but the government wants bull riders to wear helmets.
There's concern many are wiping out-- and winding up with serious
health bump next
Government scientists have given the thumbs down to a new drug to treat
The F-D-A says Sibutramine, the first in a new class of obesity drugs
works-- but there's concern about its propensity to raise patients' blood
The action leaves thousands of patients disappointed-- who had hoped for
an alternative to another drug now available.
That drug, called Redux, can produce a rare but potentially fatal
illness-- pulmonary hypertension.
The Centers for Disease Control wants people to get the message about the
dangers of overusing antibiotics.
It's launching a series of commercials to air on radio and televsision.
It's aimed at getting overanxious parents and doctors to realize that using
antibiotics unnecessarily leads to resistence.
The C-D-C says resistant strains of bacteria have increased over 20 percent
since 1981-- during the same period prescriptions for antibiotics increased 40
When a child is in pain, parents suffer too.
And there are all kinds of new treatments to help ease a youngster's pain
following surgery or injury.
But they're not often used.
IN Q=Open NAT SOUND
SUPER=01-Dr. Patrick Demars/Anesthesiologist; :21
SUPER=01-Patty Ryan/Registered Nurse; :48
OUT Q=the brain.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
When an adult is in pain, most doctors don't think twice about
administering medication to ease the discomfort.
But the same cannot be said when it comes to children.
Research shows when it comes to pain relief, 80-percent of children who
need it are either UN-medicated or UNDER-medicated.
IN Q=Children feel
((DR. PATRICK DEMARS/ANESTHESIOLOGIST: CHILDREN FEEL PAIN JUST AS MUCH AS
ADULTS DO. WE TEND TO BE RELUCTANT IN HOW WE RECOGNIZE THEIR PAIN AND TREAT
OUT Q=and their pain.
For serious procedures some children have to undergo, many parent's aren't
even told that an epiderual catheter can be used to deliver pain medication in
But studies show more than one-third of chldren who have major surgery
receive no pain medication other than standard acetamenofen.
IN Q=It's sad for
((PATTY RYAN/R.N.: IT'S SAD FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES THAT HAVE TO BE WITH
CHILDREN WHILE THEY EXPERIENCE PAIN.))
OUT Q=experience pain.
Experts say significant pain that's left untreated can harm
children...especially premature babies.
IN Q=Their heart
((PATTY RYAN: THEIR HEART RATES GO UP, BLOOD PRESSURE GOES UP, RESPIRATORY
RATES GO UP, CAN EVEN HAVE BLEEDING IN THE BRAIN.))
OUT Q=the brain.
There are several medications available to treat pain in children.
Everything from simple Tyleonol to Motrin to the standard Morphine.
Topical anesthestics can be used before immunizations and blood-draws.
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This one may sound like the stuff of science fiction--
But South African scientists say they've successfully revived a frozen
This raises hopes that human organs could be frozen while they wait to be
Using a special chemical that protects the heart, the researchers froze
the heart to minus 250 degrees and slowly brought it back from room temperature
when it started beating again.
Even if you're a rodeo fan, you may still wonder why anyone would climb on
the back of an angry bull and try to ride it.
New research on bull-riding injuries says, Why Indeed?
Federal officials are suggesting it's time to look at prevention
The C-D-C says bull riders bite the dust hard and wind up with 37 percent
of all rodeo injuries.
The report documents severe brain and spinal cord injuries and permanent
disability-- especially among young, inexperienced riders.
So the C-D-C- says instead of that cool cowboy hat, what's really needed
is a nice hard helmet.
Time now for sports, and a damp night ahead for Friday FOotball Extra--
The man behind it all has the rundown of tonight's games as well as some
qualifying...here's mIke Stevens.
Welcome to your weekend everybody although it appears like it will be a bit
The precipitation is also affected qualifying today at North Wilkesboro,
where the Winston Cup drivers are getting set for their final race ever at the
50 year old half mile track.
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All but 15 cars made it through first round time trials at three o'clock
before the skies opened.
Bobby Hamilton, who won the pole last week at Martinsville, is on the pole
right now at Wilkesboro with a speed of 117 point 894 miles an hour.
IN Q="You know...
((BOBBY HAMILTON/CURRENT TOP QUALIFIER:))
SUPER=01-Bobby Hamilton/Current Top Qualifier; :00
OUT Q=...GET IT IN."
Mark Martin is currently second in the Valvoline Ford, while Dale Earnhardt
is back up front qualifying in the sixth spot today.
IN Q="To have a good
((DALE EARNHARDT/CURRENTLY STARTING 6TH:))
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Currently Starting 6th; :00
OUT Q=...won something
Off the track today it was announced that Steve Grissom will take over the
KOdiak Chevy next season. Ricky Craven is a likely replacement for Ken Schrader
in the Bud Chevy.
Now let's check out the current top 25 with 15 to go.
wipe to lineup
SUPER=0107-1. Bobby Hamilton/117.894/2. Mark Martin/117.721/3. Johnny
Benson//4. Derrike Cope//5. Michael Waltrip;
SUPER=0107-6. Dale Earnhardt//7. Bill Elliott//8. Jeff Burton//9. Jeremy
Mayfield//10. Terry Labonte;
SUPER=0107-11. Wally Dallenbach//12. Bobby Labonte//13. Morgan Shepherd//14.
Ricky Craven//15. John Andretti;
SUPER=0107-16. Kyle Petty//17. Kenny Wallace//18. Joe Nemechek//19. Rick
Mast//20. Jimmy Spencer;
SUPER=0107-21. Geoff Bodine//22. Ward Burton//23. Lake Speed//24. Robert
Pressley//25. Dale Jarrett;
The pesky rain has not had an adverse effect on the schedule of games for
week five of Friday Football Extra.
Here's where you'll catch out camera crews tonight.
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There is also some great college football action on Your Hometown Station
coming up tomorrow.
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The day gets started at high noon with Wake Forest rolling into Death Valley
to battle Clemson at Noon.
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And right after that, Virginia Tech takes on Syracuse in the Carrier
Dome in a 3:30 Big East showdown right here on WDBJ.
Retirement is inching closer and closer for Danville's Fire Chief.
David Lampley is calling it quits after 33- years with the department.
44- year old B-G Lewis, a career fireman, will take over.
The two men have worked together for years.
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((DAVID LAMPLEY/DANVILLE FIRE CHIEF: I'VE NOT MISSED A DAYS WORK SINCE I WAS
TWELVE, I JUST THINK I'M GOING TO DECIDE WHAT I'M GOING TO DO AFTER I GET UP IN
THE MORNING, JUST ONE DAY AT A TIME, WHATEVER COMES TO MIND THAT DAY, I'M GOING
CAPT. B. G. LEWIS, III/DANVILLE FIRE DEPT.:IT WAS SOMETHING I HAVE ALWAYS
WANTED TO DO, SINCE I WAS A LITTLE BOY, PUSHING FIRE TRUCKS AROUND IN THE
LIVING ROOM AND NOW I HAVE THIS OPPORTUNITY AND I'M JUST THRILLED TO DEATH. ))
SUPER=01-David Lampley/Retiring Fire Chief; :00
SUPER=01-Capt. B. G. Lewis, III/Incoming Fire Chief; :10
OUT Q=to death.
Lewis says no major changes are in store when he takes over as Chief on
Charlotte, North Carolina this weekend is hosting what some speculate may be
the final Billy Graham Crusade.
The crusade kicked off last night at a packed Ericsson Staduim.
The Reverend Billy Graham spoke to a crowd of around 70-thousand.
For the last half century thousands of people have turned out to hear
His crusade ends Saturday.
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Three students from the Governor's School in Roanoke will be claiming the
top award in a national competition next month.
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/Keith
Tonight, Keith Humphry has more on their unusual invention.
Jean, the students engineered SUPER=@KEITH1;
a safety device for animals.
They named their product "Dog's Best Friend", and they designed it to work
with a car's seatbelt to protect the pet during an accident.
We'll hear more about their work...
DOUBLE BOXES KEITH/JEAN
and the rest of the day's news weather and sports tonight on News 7 at Six.
Plus the region's first AND only local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime
tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Have a nice weekend, goodnight.