Coming up next-
Fire claims a life in Southeast Roanoke.
A mother talks about her son's death from drinking anti-freeze. If you're a
parent- find out what you should know about the latest drug fads.
And which Halloween candy has the least fat?
We'll find out.
News 7 is next.
It's the latest fad in drug use-
Kids as young as eleven are getting high by breathing fumes from aerosol
Tonight we'll hear from a mother who lost her son who died after drinking
Two more cases of Legionnaires disease in the New River Valley.
bringing the total number to 13.
Now health officials are out trying to track down the source of the
Plus Halloween is fast approaching- Which candy has the least amount of
fat- We'll find out.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
David Hurt lived in Roanoke's Garden City community for most of his life.
But today, he was killed when his house caught fire.
The blaze broke out around 4- 30 this afternoon.
Hurt was found in the kitchen near a window.
Authorities say he may have tried to escape.
IN Q=some three or four
((T.W. TYREE/ROANOKE CITY DISTRICT FIRE CHIEF: SOME THREE OR FOUR MINUTES
AFTER THAT, WE GOT THE FIRE KNOCKED DOWN UNDER CONTROL, AND WE DID A SECONDARY
SEARCH AND WE DIDN'T LOCATE ANYONE ELSE. ))
SUPER=01-T.W. Tyree/Roanoke District Fire Chief;
OUT Q=didn't locate anyone else
Tyree says the 60- year- old man apparently died of smoke inhalation.
Meanwhile, those who knew him say Hurt was a quiet man who stayed close to
Charles Stanley says he often helped Hurt run errands.
IN Q=I saw him yesterday.
((CHARLES STANLEY/NEIGHBOR: I SAW HIM YESTERDAY. HE WANTED TO GO TO THE
GROCERY STORE AND BUY HALLOWEEN CANDY AND A FEW THINGS FOR THE KIDS FOR THE
UPCOMING HALLOWEEN NIGHT. ))
OUT Q=upcoming Halloween night
Officials are still investigating what caused the fire, but believe Hurt
may have fallen asleep with a cigarette.
The count is rising in the New River Valley's "Legionnaires' Disease"
Don't be surprised if you see health officials out investigating public
Today, two more cases were confirmed, bringing the total number of patients
These latest patients had already been treated for pneumonia-- they just
underwent more testing BECAUSE of the outbreak.
Officials from the Centers for Disease Control, the State
Epi-dem-iologist's Office, and local health districts are helping in the effort
to track down the source of the legionnella bacteria.
They're checking out any place they might find water sprays-- a tall order
that will include doctors offices, stores, restaurants....any number of public
Tammy Scearce's husband apparently put her body into the trunk of his car
AFTER fatally beating and shooting her.
The medical examiner today confirmed the 33-year old Pittsylvania county
woman was shot four times in the head and chest.
Authorities were chasing Wilbur Scearce to question him concerning the
whereabouts of his wife.
The 35-year old man led them on a high speed chase from Danville to his
home in Ringgold.
Police negotiated with Scearce for hours before he apparently committed
Kids as young as 11 years old are getting high by breathing fumes from
A Botetourt County mother says it's got to stop.
She lost her son last week. Eric Earnhart talked to her today.
IN Q=Kathryn Weddington knew
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Kathryn Weddington/Victim's Mother; :18
OUT Q=E.E. News 7
(( Kathryn Weddington knew her son was in trouble. 16 year old Brian
Mitchell had admitted he'd been "huffing"... getting high off aerosol cans for
the last year. He was sick, scared, and finally ready for help.
He talked to his family about it last Monday night.
IN Q=it was a wonderful
((KATHRYN WEDDINGTON/VICTIM'S MOTHER; IT WAS A WONDERFUL EVENING. WE HAD A
WONDERFUL TALK WITH HIM, HE KNEW HE WAS ABOUT TO START REHAB, HE KNEW HE HAD TO
CHANGE. HE WAS ACTUALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO IT.))
OUT Q=looking forward to it
Brian didn't know he was about to die. Driven by his addiction, which
aerosols couldn't satisfy anymore. He had swallowed a small amount of
antifreeze. Drug counselors say some some teens believe it'll get them high.
Brian lapsed into a coma and died.
His mother says the inhalants, from things like aerosol cans and butane
lighters, started the process that led to his death.
IN Q=kids need to know
((KATHRYN WEDDINGTON/VICTIM'S MOTHER; KIDS NEED TO KNOW THAT IT'S TOXINS, IT'S
POISON THAT IS AFFECTING THEM. IT'S NOT A NATURAL ORGANIC THING THAT THEY'RE
GETTING HIGH ON... IT'S POISON. ))
OUT Q=it's poison
Inhalant abuse is tough to spot... On their own the symptoms don't stand
out... they include:
involuntary eye movement
loss of appetite -and-
poor balance and coordination.
Parents can also watch for these signs that abuse is going on.
Aerosol cans that aren't empty, but have no propellant left in them.
Aerosol cans with the nozzles removed.
Rags and paper bags with aerosol residue.
IN Q=there are many
((KATHRYN WEDDINGTON/VICTIM'S MOTHER; THERE ARE MANY MANY SIGNS, AND YOU CAN
KIND OF WRITE THEM OFF TO SOMETHING ELSE, BUT CONSIDER THE SIGNS PUT TOGETHER
AND IT'LL MAKE SENSE.))
OUT Q=it'll make sense
Armed with the bittersweet gift of hindsight, Weddington wants to warn other
parents and children about the danger.
Hoping Brian's loss can help save someone else's son or daughter.
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
He spent 25 years enforcing the law.
Today E-Michael (Kay-Hoe) admitted he broke it.
The FBI Agent pleaded guilty to obstructing justice in the Ruby Ridge
Kahoe admitted he hid and destroyed an internal review critiquing the
((MICHAEL STILES/PROSECUTOR: IT IS A FELONY CRIME JUST RESULTED FROM SOMEONE
WHO'S SPENT 25 YEARS IN THE FBI TO LOSE HIS JOB AND BE CONVICTED OF A FELONY.
IT'S OBVIOUSLY A VERY UNUSUAL, EXTRAORDINARY SITUATION.))
SUPER=01-Michael Stiles/Prosecutor; 00
OUT Q=EXTRAORDINARY SITUATION."
SUPER=03-Ruby Ridge, ID/1992;
That confrontation pitted F-B-I agents against White Separatist Randy
Weaver- and ended in the death of Weaver's wife and child.
The Government contends Kahoe tossed the internal review in the trash- so
it would be shredded.
He could get ten years in prison.
T-V Talk Show Host, Jenny Jones will testify in a murder trial.
((LET'S HAVE JOHN COME OUT HERE AND SEE WHO HAS A CRUSH ON HIM. HERE'S JOHN.))
SUPER=04-"The Jenny Jones Show";
OUT Q=here's John. applause.
The case is against a former guest on the show, Jonathan Schmitz.
He's charged with murdering another guest- who revealed on the show that he
had a homosexual crush on Schmitz.
SUPER=03-Pontiac, MI/File Tape;
A judge in Pontiac, Michigan ruled today that Jones may be called as a
witness for the defense.
The defense maintains that Schmitz was humiliated by what happened on
the show, and that triggered emotional problems that led to the slaying.
Jones will testify tomorrow.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, a chain of department stores with ties to our
area is closing its doors,
and with less than a week before the election, Bob Dole and President Clinton
argue over the future of the economy.
Robin in WX CENTER
MUSIC UP FULL
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(("THIS IS NEWS 7 AT 11, WITH JEAN JADHON, METEOROLOGIST ROBIN REED AND MIKE
STEVENS WITH SPORTS."))
Bob Dole warns the country is headed for a recession if President Clinton
Dole pointed to new government figures that show economic growth during the
summer was less than half what it was during the spring.
((BOB DOLE/R- PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: IT DOESN'T TAKE A TEAM OF ECONOMISTS TO
TELL YOU WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MIX SLOW GROWTH WITH INCREASED TAXES. THAT'S A
RECIPE FOR ECONOMIC COLLAPSE.))
SUPER=01-Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=economic collapse.
wipe wipe wipe
wipe wipe wipe
President Clinton disagrees with Dole-
Even though the growth rate is slowing, the President says the economy is
((I WAS A LITTLE AMUSED THAT MY DISTINGUISHED OPPONENT SAID WE HAD THE WORST
ECONOMY IN TWENTY YEARS, TWO WEEKS AGO HE SAID WE HAD THE WORST ECONOMY IN 100
YEARS SO W'ERE MAKING PROGRESS AND I FEEL GOOD ABOUT THAT.))
OUT Q=GOOD ABOUT THAT."
Ross Perot is also on the campaign trail- slamming President Clinton.
He attacked Clinton for accepting foreign money for his campaign- and
brought up the President's role as Commander in Chief of the military.
((ROSS PEROT/REFORM PARTY CANDIDATE: DO YOU WANT A PRESIDENT IN THE WHITE HOUSE
WHO WILL PUT OUR TROOPS LIVES AT RISK, AND PUT THEM IN HARMS WAY IN EXCHANGE
FOR POLITICAL PAYOFFS FOR HIS NEXT ELECTION. CROWD: NO. PEROT: FINE.))
SUPER=01-Ross Perot/Reform Party Candidate;
OUT Q=next election? No. fine."
Perot urged the crowd to vote for him November fifth.
GRAPHIC=News 7 Poll
It's still a dead-heat in the Presidential race for Virginia's 11 electoral
The latest NEWS 7 poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Research shows Republican
Bob Dole with 45-percent of those polled, to Bill Clinton's 42-percent. Ross
Perot had five percent.
Eight percent of Virginia voters were still UNdecided as of last week.
Dole's 3-point lead in Virginia is within the poll's margin of error. So
the Commonwealth could go either way on Election Day.
Mark Warner may be trailing in the polls, but the Democratic Senate
Candidate says he will defy the odds on election day.
Tonight, Joe Dashiell begins our profile of the challenger- as Mark Warner
takes issue with the prevailing view of his campaign.
IN Q=What the press has written
SUPER=01-Mark Warner/(D) U.S. Senate Candidate; :13
SUPER=03-Richmond/Last Week; 1:08
OUT Q=JD News 7
IN Q=What the press has written
((WHAT THE PRESS HAS WRITTEN ABOUT THIS CAMPAIGN IS MARK WARNER'S PUT A LOT OF
MONEY INTO IT AND HE'S BEHIND.))
OUT Q=and he's behind.
If the frustration shows, Warner says, it's because the coverage of his
campaign has missed the mark.
IN Q=And i think come November fifth
((AND I THINK COME NOVEMBER FIFTH, WE'RE GOING TO SEE A LOT OF THESE PRESS
FOLKS WITH EGG ON THEIR FACE. AND THAT WILL BE A HAPPY NIGHT FOR ME.))
OUT Q=happy night for me.
The Mark Warner of the television ad wars is a family man, the father of
three young daughters, the first member of his family to graduate from college,
a businessman who built his fortune by dialing in to the early days of the
cellular telephone industry.
IN Q=Worked with a series of big companies
((WORKED WITH A SERIES OF BIG COMPANIES AND THEN WENT OUT ON MY OWN AND HAVE
BUILT THREE PUBLIC COMPANIES AND TEN PRIVATE COMPANIES. I'VE WORKED HARD, BUT
I'VE ALSO BEEN BLESSED AND LUCKY.))
OUT Q=blessed and lucky.
And while his opponent has argued that Mark Warner used political
connections to make his fortune, the democrat challenger makes no apologies for
the way he accumulated his wealth, or the millions he has spent on his own
IN Q=I have made an investment
((I HAVE MADE AN INVESTMENT IN MY CAMPAIGN, BUT I'VE GOT TO TELL YOU JOE, I
HAVE YET TO HAVE THE FIRST VOTER COME UP TO ME AND SAY MARK I WISH YOU'D TAKE
THAT SPECIAL INTEREST MONEY INSTEAD OF PUTTING YOUR OWN MONEY IN.))
OUT Q=putting your own money in.
No one lost his head last week, when Mark Warner posed for photographers
with former Governor Doug Wilder and Senator Chuck Robb.
It's a familiar position for the former democratic state chairman who
refereed many of their private and public squabbles.
His political connections paved the way to the nomination, even as Leslie
Byrne, the only woman to represent Virginia in Congress, challenged him for the
But Warner says he's not a political insider with a personal agenda.
IN Q=Have I worked
((MARK WARNER/D- SENATE CANDIDATE: HAVE I WORKED ON CAPITOL HILL. SURE. WHEN I
WAS IN COLLEGE, ABSOLUTELY. HAVE I BEEN INVOLVED IN POLITICS AS PART OF MY
COMMUNITY SERVICE, ABSOLUTELY. THIS IS MY FIRST TIME THOUGH TO MAKE A RUN AT
ELECTIVE OFFICE AND I WOULDN'T BE DOING IT IF I DIDN'T FEEL I COULD GIVE
OUT Q=give something back.
We'll hear how he plans to give something back when we consider the second
part of our profile on Mark Warner.
Joe Dashiell News 7))
Soft Music Under
When we return after theses messages, the makers of a spooky Halloween
candle are afraid its flames will get out of hand,
and we'll have advice from pediatricians who will tell us the trick in
handling your children's halloween treats.
MUSIC UP FULL
If you like the Best stores, here's good and bad news.
The good news- big liquidation sales are coming.
The bad news- It's the last sale Best Products will ever have.
The financially troubled company expects to close its 88 remaining stores,
and 11 jewelry-only locations early next year.
That's because the investors buying Best have decided against operating any
part of the 30-year old chain.
Best stores in Roanoke and Lynchburg each have about 55 full and part-time
Don't light that spooky Halloween candle just yet.
A New York company is recalling them- because the bleeding candle hand can
generate flames as high as eight inches.
The candle has individual wicks protruding out of each of
the hand's five fingers.
So far no reports of injuries.
The seven-inch tall candle was sold in pink and dark green, both with a red
band around the bottom of the wrist.
Tomorrow night at this time, lots of little ones will be filled up on candy-
but not to worry.
Experts say it's ok for the kids to gorge on the sweet stuff every now and
((DORIS DERELIAN/REGISTERED DIETICIAN: PARENTS SHOULD LET CHILDREN ENJOY CANDY,
BUT HAVE SOME LIMITS. PARENTS COULD PUT A FEW PIECES IN THE CHILDREN'S LUNCH
SUPER=01-Doris Derelian/Registered Dietician;
OUT Q=children's lunch box."
Doctors say it's a myth that sugar causes hyperactivity.
They say if you're worried about fat content- try candy corn, skittles,
Sugar daddy's or Starbursts- with virtually no fat.
Of the chocolate candies, Three Musketeers, plain M and M's, Milk Duds and
Milky Way's have some of the least fat.
Higher fat candy includes Mounds, peanut butter cups, Mr. Goodbar's and Kit
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PINNACLE PAGE --
a quick reminder about the college action you can catch on your hometown
station this weekend.
At Noon we'll have the fighting Irish of Notre Dame taking on Navy.
Then at 3:30, a Big East game with huge implications come your way as the
Syracuse Orangemen take on the West Virginia in Morgantown.
go to break
The Roanoke Express was in Norfolk last night at the Scope looking to get a
win against Hampton Roads.
Those prospects looked mighty bleak
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Training Camp; ;00
considering that Jeff Jablonski, who had two assists Tuesday night against
South Carolina didn't even make the trip.
But Eric Landry had the game of his young Express career as Roanoke whips the
Frank Anzalone's boys will be back in the Roundhouse Friday hosting the
On the NHl hardwater last night the US Air arena was rocking as the injury
plagued Caps baned together and put away the Flyers 4-to-2.
SUPER=03-Landover, MD/Flyers vs. Capitals; :00
Jim Carey had another steady night in net for the Caps stopping 23 shots.
And take look at the goal of the game, Todd Krygier can't quite control the
breakaway pass, but he stays with the puck and backhands it behind the net to
Steve Konowalchuk, who flips it to Jason Allison for the score and the Caps
tonight whip the Flyers
go to pinnacle
4-to-2 for their 4th win of the year.
wipe to scores
SUPER=0103-/Los Angeles/2//Ottawa/2//Final In OT//N.Y.
Islanders/2//Hartford/2//Final In OT/;
SUPER=0103-/St. Louis/3//Colorado/5/3///Phoenix/1//Edmonton/2/2/Two Late
oc= LAST SCORE
Tuesday's traffic accident in Colonial Beach will keep a couple of Redskins
on the sideline for a while.
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :00
Center Cory Raymer, wearing number 52, will miss four to six weeks with
injuries suffered in wreck that was caused by an 80 year old man driving on the
wrong side of the road.
Raymer has a bruised kidney, sprained shoulder and fractured Vertebrae.
He likely will be out 6 weeks.
Reserve guard Brian Thure has badly bruised knees, ankles and ribs.
The Carolina Panthers will also be without their starting center for the next
four weeks, but for entirely different reasons.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
The team's general manager confirmed yesterday that Curtis Whitley has been
suspended for alcohol-related problems, and is being treated for the illness.
The suspension is in accordance with the league's policy of drugs and
He can return on November 25th, but will miss four games.
If Tommy Morrison's scheduled fight in Tokyo this weekend take place it will
be a small miracle.
Anthony Cooks was supposed to fight Tommy in Tokyo this weekend, but
yesterday officials found out he's wanted by police in Oklahoma.
IN Q="He's just...
((TOMMY MORRISON/HEAVYWEIGHT BOXER:))
SUPER=01-Tommy Morrison/Heavyweight Boxer; :00
OUT Q=...HAS HAPPENED."
Cooks has been replaced by 24 year old Marcus Rhodes who is 15 and 1 as a
From boxing to baseball where the Phillies opted for a new face instead of
big hitter yesteday afternoon.
as they name 37 year old Terry Francona the team's new manager.
He spent last season as the Tigers third base coach and before that he
managed Michael Jordan in Birmingham.
In Philly he needs some talent to help him win in a hurry.
IN Q="Everybody wants us...
((TERRY FRANCONA/NEW PHILLIES MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Terry Francona/New Phillies Manager;:00
OUT Q=...as anybody.
Elsewhere on the diamond yesterday the associated press manager of the year
balloting was completed.
pinnacle baseball board
Tony LaRussa who guided the Cardinals to the National League central
division title easily outdistanced his managerial peers Bruce Bochy, Johnny
Oates, Joe Torre and Felipe Alou to win the honor.
A little shock that Torre was only fourth in the balloting.
Still to come tonight, Steve Mason
passes out the candy with his Halloween Hometown Hoops weekly.
There's rarely anything regular about the regular season in any sport, and
that certainly is the case in girls hoops this year.
Steve Mason has more on that in his Halloween edition of Hometown Hoops
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Daleville/Vikings vs. Cavaliers; :27
SUPER=01-David Wheat/Lord Botetourt Head Coach; 1:03
SUPER=03-Dry Fork; 1:12
SUPER=03-Covington/Chargers vs. Cougars; 1:38
SUPER=01-Rob Bennett/Covington Head Coach; 1:47
SUPER=01-Joann Helton/Averaging 15 Points A Game; 2:10
OUT Q=...Hometown Hoops weekly"
((A win over David Wheat's first place Lady Cavaliers and Northside would
force a three way-first place tie with William Byrd and Botetourt in the
Marilyn Bussey's lady Vikes frightening zone defense held Sara Hicks to only
But Sara Moore stepped up with 20 and Katrina Elliot's spurt of three
baskets in the first half helped put the Northside demons to wrest as Botetourt
escaped with a 49-38 win.
The Lady cavs should beat Christiansburg November 1st, which would give the
state champs the ONLY thing that has eluded them for three years.
Mickey McGuigan's Blacksburg team will finish either 7th or tied for 7th out
of 8 teams in the district, but the Lady Indians truly feel anything can happen
in the Blue Ridge tourney.
In the Dogwood, Tunstall and Gretna are tied for first. The regular season
title will be decided tomorrow night when the two meet on the Lady Hawks floor.
The revival has an eerie beat to the tune of a 9 and OH district record and a
13 and 4 overall mark.
Bennett's bunch lacked height until Melissa Page transferred from Alleghany
this season. She's averaging 13 points a game, but 1995 Pioneer player of the
year Joann Helton is the go to girl who wants to go to the top.
An old Native American Village once thrived on a Botetourt County site.
The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is making sure that village
For the past week, the group's been involved in an archeological dig in
Buchanan.... near the FUTURE home of the Virginia Forge plant.
The team's already found a series of refuse pits... plus a number of
artifacts... including pottery pieces and arrow heads.
Expedition leaders also believe the village might have served as an Indian
((TOM KLATKA/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF HISTORIC RESOURCES: BASED ON RESEARCH AT
OTHER SITES, WE DO KNOW THAT NATIVE AMERICANS BURIED THEIR DEAD WITHIN THE
VILLAGE ITSELF-- USUALLY RIGHT OUTSIDE THE HOUSES. AND SO IT'S CONCEIVABLE THAT
IN THIS VILLAGE ITSELF, THERE WOULD BE A NUMBER OF BURIALS... BUT WE HAVEN'T
FOUND ANY YET.))
SUPER=01-Tom Klatka/Va. Dept. of Historic Resources;
OUT Q=any yet
Klatka says the main objective is to map out the boundaries of the village.
Virginia Forge now owns the land... but has promised to avoid any
construction on the site.