Here's what you'll see next on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
The man accused of planting a car bomb that killed a little girl 21 years
ago, appears in court--
A group from Roanoke demonstrates outside the U-S Supreme Court--
And Josephine pays a visit to the east coast--
As the tropical rain moves quickly away, we find a cool front ready to slip
into the region. How will that affect the forecast? Details just ahead.
Yet another AIDS strain has been identified in the U.S.
Plus, it's something most of us are putting off.
On Health Check, the importance of personal planning.
We'll hear from the experts, encouraging us to think ahead about medical
care and our finances.
More than two decades after a toddler was killed in a car bombing, the
suspect, a much older Frank Helvestine (Hel-vah-steen), appears in court aided
by a wheelchair and oxygen.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Roanoke County prosecutor Skip Burkart calls it one of the most unusual
murder cases he's ever been seen.
In 1975, a car bomb went off in the parking lot of an apartment complex,
killing a young girl.
And last week-- after 21 years, an elderly man was arrested for the crime.
He was arraigned in Salem this morning.
Scott Prince was there, listening in... and he now joins us from the
newsroom with the latest.
Jean... 76- year- old Frank (HELL-veh-steen) Helvestine, the
needs to breathe oxygen from a tank...
And this morning he was brought into the Roanoke County Courthouse in a
Officials believe that 21- years- ago, Helvestine planted a car bomb... in
an attempt to kill a woman having an interracial relationship.
But when the bomb exploded... it killed little Carrie Mask.
She died one month shy of her second birthday.
This morning at his arraignment, Helvestine was denied a court appointed
attorney, because he apparently can afford one on his own.
Outside the courtroom... prosecutor Skip Burkart talked about the case...
and the reason for going after Helvestine at this late stage of his life.
IN Q=Just because
((SKIP BURKART/ROANOKE COUNTY PROSECUTOR: JUST BECAUSE HE'S ELDERLY NOW, I
DON'T THINK IT EXCUSES HIM FROM WHAT HAPPENED. I DON'T THINK IT EXCUSES THE
KILLING OF A 23- MONTH- OLD BABY, EVEN THOUGH 21 YEARS HAVE OBVIOUSLY GONE BY.
SUPER=01-Skip Burkart/Roanoke Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=gone by
Now in an interesting side- bar-- Helvestine was in court last week on a
Apparently he was going 77- miles an hour down Brambleton Avenue. The speed
limit is 35.
DOUBLE BOXES SCOTT/JEAN
And Jean, interesting to note that on that day, Helvestine walked into the
courtroom under his own power.
New York State police confirm they have found scattered body parts- believed
to be two missing 16 year old cheerleaders.
Jennifer Bolduc and Sarah (Haj-i-knee) Hajney have not been seen Thursday
That's when they were house sitting for Hajiney's parents- in the small town
of McLeen south of Syracuse.
Today police arrested a man who lived next door to one of the girls.
They charged 31 year old John Andrews with kidnapping.
((GEORGE DENTES/THOMPKINS COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY: HE HAS NOT BEEN CHARGED
WITH MURDER AT THIS POINT FOR A COUPLE OF REASONS. FIRST THE INVESTIGATION
REALLY IS IN IT'S EARLY STAGES. THERE ARE A LOT OF QUESTIONS REMAINING ABOUT
THE INTRUMENTALITY AND MODE OF DEATH.))
SUPER=01-George Dentes/Thompkins Co. District Attorney;
OUT Q=AND MODE OF DEATH."
Authorities say the kidnapping charge will keep Andrews in jail without
An eighth-grader who was expelled for giving Midol to a friend- is back in
Kimberly Smartt arrived back at high school in a stretch limo.
((KIMBERLY SMARTT: I'M REALLY HAPPY THAT I'M COMING BACK. I DON'T CARE WHAT
EVERYBODY SAYS. I JUST WANT TO BE BACK.))
OUT Q=WANT TO BE BACK."
Smartt was originally expelled until February for giving a classmate the
pain reliever Midol- while the girl who accepted the non prescription pill was
only suspended ten days.
Smartt was allowed to return today....but she's still not giving up her
lawsuit against the school.
The 14 year old says she's a victim of racial discrimination.
Tropical Storm Josephine is no longer tropical but it is churning up the
east coast dumping rain in its path.
Roads are flooded in Charleston South Carolina-
But the water isn't slowing most people down-
In Florida, Josephine spawned several tornadoes- toppling trees and
knocking out power.
It also left many homes and yards flooded.
((I PERSONALLY FEEL IF YOU LIVE ON THE RIVER THAT'S THE PRICE YOU'RE GONNA PAY
((A YEAR AGO WE WERE IN IT BUT NOT THIS DEEP.))
OUT Q=BUT NOT THIS DEEP.
The storm is moving north.
It forced Bob Dole to cut his campaigning short in New Jersey today.
Plus it postponed tonight's first game of the American League Championship
toss to robin
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead--on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- the investigation continues in the
Olympic bombing in Atlanta....
Plus a group from Roanoke demonstrates outside the Supreme Court-- we'll
On Health Check, another AIDS strain has turned up in the U.S.
The story, plus-- we've heard that onions are good for us....but it may
depend on where they're grown.
Patrick Evans tells us about auditions for The Nutcracker in Roanoke--
His live report along with the Two Minute Ticker-- still to come on NEWS-7
There's no justice in the U-S Western district courts--
That's according to the Roanoke chapter of the Southern Christian
Today members braved the rainy weather to demonstrate outside the U-S
Supreme Court building.
They say they're protesting the unfair treatment of minorities in civil
rights cases in the Roanoke area.
IN Q=Where we live
((PERNELLER CHUBB-WILSON/S.C.L.C. PRESIDENT: WHERE WE LIVE, NO ONE HAS
JUSTICE-- ESPECIALLY OUR PEOPLE. IT'S MARCHING TIME AGAIN, AND I HOPE THAT
AMERICA WILL WAKE UP AND STAR MARCHING FOR EQUAL RIGHTS AND EQUAL JUSTICE FOR
ALL PEOPLE. ))
((REV. LEONARD HINES/S.C.L.C. VICE- PRESIDENT: THEY'RE USING THE GOOD OLD BOYS
NETWORK, WHEREBY, WHEN THE PEOPLE GO TO COURT, THEY HAVE ALREADY MADE UP THEIR
MINDS AND MADE A DECISION AS TO WHAT'S GOING TO HAPPEN TO THEM. ))
SUPER=01-Perneller Chubb-Wilson/S.C.L.C. President; :00
SUPER=01-Rev. Leonard Hines/S.C.L.C. Vice President; :12
OUT Q=happen to them
Protestors also believe injustice occurs in other federal courts, not just
The F-B-I has again questioned the only known suspect in the explosion at
the Summer Olympic games in Atlanta-- but
Richard Jewell may not be under investigation any longer.
That word comes from Jewell's lawyer--
Lin Wood says agents interrogated his client for six hours Sunday, and
believes he may no longer be a suspect.
The early morning explosion killed a woman and injured 111 people at
Centennial Olympic Park July 27th.
Since the questioning, the FBI returned all of Jewell's property seized from
the apartment he shares with his mother, a cabin he once lived in and a shed in
The F-B-I won't comment on the status of the investigation.
A bank robbery in Carroll County earlier today lands the suspect in jail.
It happened at the Bank of Carroll in Cana.
Authorities say 25 year- old Larry Tyrone Gates was armed with a gun when
he demanded money.
The tellers were able to provide police with a good description of Gates
and his car.
He was pulled over in Surry County, North Carolina, where he's being held
on 200 thousand dollars bond and awaiting extradition.
It's almost that time of year when visions of sugarplums and the Nutcracker
take center stage. But first you need a cast--
(Patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
The Roanoke Ballet Theater is bringing in some special guests for this
year's performance of The Nutcracker, and they also need some help from area
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Patrick Evans bring us the story of a Russian Ballerina and the auditions
scheduled with local dancers next week.
SUPER=01-Jenefer Davies/Roanoke Ballet Executive Director;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/Wind NW-15/50-55/Partly Cloudy/Afternoon Rain/64-66;
SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Wind NW-20/53-55/Afternoon Showers/Partly
SUPER=332-Slow Clearing/Wind N-10/48-52/Scattered Showers/Late/60-64;
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/And Breezy/50-53/Afternoon Showers/Likely/60-63;
SUPER=334-Becoming Partly/Cloudy/45-50/Fog Early/Then Showers/60-63;
health music under
A favorite from the Tour Dupont announces he has cancer...
Mike has that report in a few moments...
On Health Check, it's sometimes called the Sneak Thief of Sight.
Glaucoma affects more than two million Americans, including 51-thousand
Early detection is essential, to stop the loss of vision.
IN Q=90% OF
((90-PERCENT OF THE PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND FROM GLAUCOMA WOULDN'T HAVE HAD TO BE
IF THEY HAD BEEN PROPERLY DIAGNOSED AND TREATED IN TIME. ))
OUT Q=in time.
health bump next
Another case of a rare strain of the AIDS virus has been reported in the
Now doctors are aware of two cases of the so-called Group O strain of the
AIDS virus in patients living in the U.S.
But the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say it's likely the
patients were infected in their native West Africa.
Group O strain was previously identified only in West Africa, and in one
case in France.
Routine AIDS tests miss group O once in five cases.
The F-D-A hopes to have a more effective Group O test approved within a
Glaucoma is the leading cause of blindness in this country.
It's also detectable, treatable, and in the vast majority of cases,
But the most common form of glaucoma usually has no symptoms early on, and
by the time your vision becomes noticeably worse, you're in trouble.
IN Q=In my early
OUT Q=until the end.
IN Q=In my early
((ROBERT ASCHER/GLAUCOMA PATIENT: IN MY EARLY 20'S. I COMPLAINED I WAS HAVING A
HEADACHE DURING THE SUMMER. IT FELT LIKE A MIGRAINE HEADACHE. ))
OUT Q=migraine headache.
Eventually, this patient was diagnosed with glaucoma in both eyes.
Today he is legally blind
in his left eye,and has 95-percent damage to the optic nerve in his right.
IN Q=I took it
((I TOOK IT LIGHTLY BECAUSE I DID NOT REALIZE WHAT GLAUCOMA WAS ALL ABOUT AND
WHAT DAMAGE IT COULD HAVE ON EYESIGHT.))
OUT Q=on eyesight.
Glaucoma involves abnormally high pressure in the eye.
It's caused by a blocking of the normal flow of the fluid in the space
between the cornea and the lens of the eye.
IN Q=Some people
((DR. ROBERT RITCH/NEW YORK EYE & EAR INFIRMARY: SOME PEOPLE CAN LOSE 90%
BEFORE THEY NOTICE IT, BECAUSE THE VISION LOSS IS FROM THE PERIPHERY INWARD AND
THE CENTRAL VISION IS MAINTAINED UNTIL THE END. ))
OUT Q=until the end.
But there are medications that can stop the disease from progressing.
Also, there's laser therapy, where pulses of intense light create painless
microscopic burns and open up drainage channels in the eye.
Finally, there's glaucoma surgery-- where drainage channels are created to
lower the pressure.
Early diagnosis and treatment is important-- because once your vision is
lost from glaucoma, it cannot be recovered.
No one wants to think about the day when failing health might rob them of
the ability to make their own decisions.
But experts say a little bit of planning can insure that a person's wishes
are carried out even if they become ill.
IN Q=If you get to a place
((HARRIETTE SHIVERS/ROANOKE ATTORNEY: IF YOU GET TO A PLACE THAT YOU CAN'T TALK
ABOUT IT WITH YOUR DOCTOR, OR YOU CAN'T MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS, MAKE SURE THAT
THE PEOPLE WHO ARE CLOSE TO YOU, KNOW WHAT STEPS YOU'VE TAKEN TO EXTEND YOUR
OWN WISHES BEYOND WHEN YOU MIGHT BE ABLE TO CARRY THEM OUT YOURSELF.))
SUPER=01-Harriette Shivers/Roanoke Attorney;
OUT Q=carry them out yourself.
There are a number of legal options such as signing a living will, or giving
the power of attorney to another person.
Today in Roanoke County, speakers at a seminar on personal planning
encouraged participants to think ahead about medical care, finances, and
IN Q=It's best that we
((GRACE POFF/OAKEY'S FUNERAL SERVICE: IT'S BEST THAT WE DO IT RATHER THAN TO
LEAVE IT TO OUR CHILDREN TO DO, OR OUR BANKER TO DO, BECAUSE WE KNOW WHAT WE
WANT DONE. AND IT'S BEST TO TAKE CARE OF IT WHILE OUR BODIES ARE STILL OF SOUND
SUPER=01-Grace Poff/Oakey's Funeral Service;
OUT Q=still of sound mind.
Today's seminar was sponsored by Oakey's Funeral Service and the Widowed
Persons Service of Roanoke.
Organizers hope to offer the program again.
It's known that onions can work as blood thinners, though new research
from the University of Wisconsin suggests it all depends on where those onions
Onions grown in the sulfur-rich soil found in the Northern part of the
United States have a much stronger anti-clotting effect than, say, the sweet
Vidalia onion that's grown in the sandy soil of Georgia.
It's still not clear why sulfur compounds work as anti-coagulants.
But in any case, to get the full effect, they must be eaten raw.
2-shot toss to sports
A favorite sports star from the Tour Dupont discloses he has cancer.
We're talking about Lance Armstrong, the champion cyclist who has peddaled
his way through our region...here's Mike Stevens with the latest.
Lance Armstrong, the man who has done more for cycling in the states since
Greg Lemond, revealed today that he is battling cancer.
Armstrong had a malignant testicle removed last week, but doctors are hopeful
he can make a complete recovery.
SUPER=04-Tour DuPont; :00
The two time defending Tour DuPont champion had surgery last Thursday and is
now undergoing chemotherapy to control the often agressive cancer.
The cure rate for this type of cancer, in its advanced stage, ranges between
65 and 85 percent. Armstrong's Doctor says the cancer also has spread to an
area of Lance's stomach
But because Armstrong is in excellent shape and is just 25 years old,
Doctors believe he can make a full and compete recovery and return to cycling.
Lance made the announcement today while announcing his withdraw from the
World cycling championships
The Temple Owls will fly into Lane Stadium Saturday with every intention
of ruining Virginia Tech's homecoming.
The Hokies are a bit banged up on defense, but the offense seems to be back
at full strength. Steve Mason has Tuesday's Tech gridiron notes.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Syracuse, NY/Hokies vs. Orangemen; :00
SUPER=01-Shawn Scales/Virginia Tech Wide Receiver; :24
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :36
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
And the remnants of Josephine have forced tonight's Orioles-Yankees game to
be rained out at Yankee stadium.
They plan to now play game one tomorrow afternoon.
Have a good night everybody.
take a break
Finally tonight-- Emma Saunders wants her three little pigs to come home.
The Vinton woman is circulating petitions to get the town's animal control
The law says she can't keep her three Vietnamese pot-bellied pigs at her
Wilbur, Arnold and Charlotte are apparently alive and well-- and being taken
care of by a friend, since being kicked out of town in August.
So far, Saunders has collected about 135 signatures.
toss to robin
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
A Danville intersection that's been a source of controversy this past year
is back in the news.
Teresa Hamilton joins us from our Danville newsroom with a preview of a
story she's working on for NEWS-7 at Six.
Jean, it's been almost a yearSUPER=@TERESA1
since two children were killed at the intersection of Elizabeth Street and
Last week, Raymond and Tammy Mustain erected a memorial in their memory, but
the state says it's too much.
The memorial is a 900- pound Virgin Mary and two smaller angels.
State transportation officials say the statue is a traffic hazard and must
IN Q=That memorial
((TAMMY MUSTAIN/CHILDREN'S MOTHER:THAT MEMORIAL WAS PUT THERE FOR LOVE, IT WAS
A LAST EFFORT, A LAST WAY OF US TELLING MY KIDS GOODBYE AND THAT AS LONG WAS I
LIVE THEY'LL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN. ))
SUPER=01-Tammy Mustain/Children's Mother; :00
OUT Q=be forgotten.
The family has been given a deadline to remove the larger statue, but the
Mustain's are prepared to put up a fight.
double boxes jean/teresa
We'll, of course, have more on the story at six.
Thanks Teresa-- we look forward to it.
Plus the region's first AND only local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime
tonight at 10 on WEFC.
See you at six. Goodnight.