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A Pittsylvania County teen is killed in a fire.
Robbie Kneivel stays away from the star city, but his attorneys spoke for
him today in court.
And Hokie Fans start making travel fans- for bowl day.
Another fast moving weather system brings light rain to our forecast Saturday
but Sunday looks fair. Details just ahead.
An elderly Halifax County couple earlier this week succombed to carbon
Unfortunately, it's an all-too-common scenerio.
On Health Check, how to protect your home from this silent killer.
A mobile home fire takes the life of a Pittsylvania County teenager.
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Good evening, this is NEWS 7 at five, I'm Jean Jadhon.
17-year old Alexander Ferrell died in the trailer home he shared with his
parents, early this morning.
Sheriff's officials say Ferrell's father had already left for work when his
mother noticed smoke.
Ferrell's mother wasn't injured, but her son did not make it out.
The mobile home is located on Beaver Street, off Route 360- in the Blairs
Foul play is NOT suspected, fire officials say the blaze appears to have
started from an electrical short.
An autopsy will be performed in Roanoke.
Daredevil Robbie Knievel was suppose to be in a Roanoke courtroom this
morning to face a drunk in public charge.
But after attorneys reached a plea agreement, Knievel decided to stay away
from the Star City.
Through his attorney, the daredevil pled guilty to a lesser charge of
In October, Knievel was arrested after he went around banging on doors in a
Northwest Roanoke neighborhood.
The incident happened the night before a scheduled performance at the civic
center... which was ultimately cancelled.
His attorney said there was never any proof that Knievel had been drinking
at the time.
IN Q=They refused
((BETTINA ALTIZER/KNIEVEL'S ATTORNEY: THEY REFUSED TO GIVE HIM A BREATHALIZER.
HE REQUESTED TO DO ANY KIND OF TEST POSSIBLE TO DETERMINE ALCOHOL. THAT WAS
REFUSED. IF IT HAD GONE FORWARD ON THAT, WE WOULD HAVE BEEN HERE DUKEING IT
SUPER=01-Bettina Altizer/Knievel's Attorney;
OUT Q=dukeing it out
Altizer said Knievel has made one jump since being arrested.
He's currently in Las Vegas for a trade show.
Craig County's resident physician was convicted today of brandishing a
Doctor Bill Andersen had stopped a group of four teenagers September 14th,
because he thought they were driving erratically.
The driver swore out warrants against the doctor; Andersen filed a cross
Before the case was called in court, Doctor Andersen offered to apologize to
the boys and their families, if they'd drop the charges.
In the end Judge Buzz Emick dismissed the claim that Andersen had pretended
to be a police officer, and found him guilty of brandishing a pistol.
Andersen said the next time he'd leave his gun in the truck.
IN Q=I don't want
((DR. BILL ANDERSEN: I DON'T WANT IT TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN STOPPING SOMEONE
IF YOU THINK THEY'RE IMPAIRED AND CAN INJURE ANOTHER CITIZEN OF OUR COUNTY OR
SUPER=07-Dr. Bill Andersen
OUT Q=or themselves.
The family of the 17-year old driver left the courthouse disgusted that
Andersen was fined just 25-dollars.
It looks like Virginia Tech fans are making travel plans for Fort
Lauderdale, even though the Hokies are not yet officially Orange Bowl-bound.
Bowl bids go out Sunday, but travel agents are already booking reservations.
At Omni Travel in Blacksburg, owner Patti Cowley (Cooley) says fans who've
booked early are counting on the Orange Bowl.
IN Q=However if it
((PATTI COWLEY/OMNI TRAVEL: HOWEVER IF IT IS NOT. WE'VE GOT IT PLANNED WHERE
WE'LL GIVE PEOPLE REFUNDS ARE APPLY THE PURCHASES THAT THEY'VE ALREADY MADE TO
WHATEVER BOWL TRIP WE GO TO.))
SUPER=01-Patti Cowley/Omni Travel;
OUT Q=trip we go to.
SUPER=03-New Orleans/December 31;
Last year, fans who traveled with Cowley (Cooley) to the Sugar Bowl got
stranded in New Orleans after weather delayed their flight, and the charter
service took days to come back for them.
(Cooley) Cowley says she's hired a different service this time, which will
have planes available during the entire week to prevent similar problems.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Here's what's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
A Roanoke library has achieved state and national historic landmark status.
And did Congress violate free- speech rights by restricting sexually
explicit material on the Internet?
The Supreme Court is is about to weigh in on cyberspace law.
Plus, cell phones just might be dangerous to your health, if you wear a
We'll explain why, on Health Check.
Also coming up,
As the trading day ends, the stock market regains much of the ground it lost
in a nosedive this morning.
The Federal Reserve chairman triggers a worldwide plunge after suggesting
stocks are overpriced. cc sponsor
It's easy to get on the Internet, but just how easy should it be to find
sexually explicit material.
That's what the Supreme Court justices began looking at today.
They'll decide whether Congress violated free speech rights by restricting
sexually explicit material on the Internet.
The law was made to protect children.
A ruling is due by July.
A long time friend of O-J Simpson testified today-
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
saying he saw just one cut on Simpson's hand the day after the murders.
In an earlier deposition Skip Taft said he saw cuts on two fingers.
Also expected on the stand today- Fred Goldman.
((ROBERT PUGSLY/SOUTHWESTERN UNIV. LAW PROFESSOR: HE WILL TALK ABOUT THE
EMOTIONAL LOSS, PAIN AND SUFFERING AND EMOTIONAL DISTRESS THAT HE AND HIS
FAMILY HAVE SUFFFERED AS A RESULT OF RON'S DEATH.))
SUPER=01-Robert Pugsly/Law Professor; 03
OUT Q=OF RON'S DEATH."
The father of 24 year old Ron Goldman has been the spearhead behind the
He's expected to tell the jurors about the close relationship he shared with
It was a wild day on Wall Street, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average down
145 points soon after trading began.
Stock prices fell after Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan suggested
stocks are overpriced.
((ALAN GREENSPAN/FEDERAL RESERVE CHAIRMAN: HOW DO WE KNOW WHEN IRRATIONAL
EXUBERANCE HAS UNDULY ESCALATED ASSET VALUES.))
SUPER=01-Alan Greenspan/Federal Reserve Chairman;
OUT Q=escalated asset values."
SUPER=03-New York City;
The worry is that the Federal Reserve may raise interest rates to slow the
economy's growth, and with it hurt corporate profits and stock prices.
Most of the damage came in the first 30 minutes of trading. The market
recovered somewhat- ending down 55 points below the 64 hundred level.
Even though the temperature outside is less than ideal for sleigh-rides and
roasting chest-nuts, you can still have a Dickens of a Christmas tonight.
Patrick Evans joins us from the market area where people are celebrating the
magic of Christmas past.
(Patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
The snow yesterday was a clever attempt to get people into the Holiday
spirit, and it seems to have worked!
DOUBLE BOXES=JEAN AND PATRICK/MICROWAVE
Patrick Evans joins us from Downtown Roanoke, where poeple are celebrating
"A Dickens of a Christmas", awaiting--get this--Tiny Tim to light the city's
SUPER=01-Matthew Bowles/Tiny Tim;
SUPER=01-Martha Wiese/Mill Mountain Theater;
( ad lib)
DOUBLE BOXES=ROBIN AND PATRICK/MICROWAVE
health music under
When we return,
Mike will have a preview of all the area football teams going for state
We've got it all on Health Check today--
From keeping your family safe from carbon monoxide poisoning--
To the latest in obesity research, and new information on the so-called "fat
health bump next
Carbon monoxide is the leading cause of poisoning death in America--
killing up to 15-hundred people each year, and thousands more.
It's considered a silent killer-- you can't see, smell, or taste it.
The deadly gas essentially prevents oxygen from entering the blood stream.
This week, the fumes claimed the lives of an elderly Halifax County couple.
Authorities say Isaac and Annie Garner died when their gas heater
Experts say what happened to the Garners could happen to anyone who burns
fuel or wood in their home.
Tom Cahill of Danville is a carbon monoxide survivor-- who credits his cats
for saving his life.
The animals apparently got sick from breathing the gas.
When Cahill got up to check on them-- he noticed he was dizzy.
IN Q=As I
((TOM CAHILL/CARBON MONOXIDE SURVIVOR: AS I MOVED I NOTICED SHORTNESS OF
BREATH, INCREASING DIZZINESS AND IT WAS AT THAT POINT AND TIME IT STARTED TO
DAWN ON ME, IT WAS SOMETHING, LIKE CARBON MONOXIDE. ))
SUPER=01-Tom Cahill/Carbon Monoxide Survivor; :00
OUT Q=carbon monoxide.
Carbon monoxide entered Cahill's home after a large number of dead birds
blocked the exhaust from his furnace into the chimney.
Experts say families should invest in a carbon monoxide detector and have
their furnace and chimney regularly serviced.
The Centers for Disease Control is confirming what many of us already
The winter respiratory virus that causes pneumonia and bronchitis has
begun its assault.
And officials warn it can be deadly to children.
An estimated 45-hundred children die from the virus each year.
Two-to-six month olds are at highest risk.
Researchers at the University of Washington say they have new information
on the so-called ''fat gene.''
Research with mice shows the blockage of a certain brain chemical can curb
But those with a flawed gene fail to block the chemical and eat without
However, when the chemical is genetically removed, the mice slim
down and become more energetic.
Scientists caution this is not the end-all to the question of why people
Heart patients with pacemakers need to hear this report.
Within the next few months, new cell phones will carry a label warning the
phones can interfere with a pacemaker's signal.
The danger only exists with the new digital phones.
The problem-- the electrical pulse produced by your beating heart is
similar to another pulse.
IN Q-NAT phone
OUT Q=NAT phone
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
It's the pulse produced by a cell phone.
Put a cell phone close to your heart, and sometimes your pacemaker gets
((DR. JAMES ROSENTHAL/NORTHWESTERN MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: THE PACEMAKER THINKS THE
PATIENT'S HEARTBEAT IS FASTER THAN IT REALLY IS AND
SO THE PACEMAKER IS MOMENTARILY TURNED OFF. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. James Rosenthal/Northwestern Memorial Hospital; :
OUT Q=turned off.
If you wear a pacemaker, it's best to use an analog phone.
But how do you know what kind of cell phone you have?
If it doesn't say digital, then it is an analog phone.
From the journal "Lancet" comes word of a promising treatment for
Researchers in San Francisco say the drug "Fosamax" reduced by more than
half-- the number of hip fractures caused by the crippling disease.
And it also reduced the risk of spinal fractures by 47-percent.
Osteoporosis affects about 200-million women world-wide.
You may remember the case of Dr. William Hurwitz-- the Northern Virginia
physician who, over the summer, had his license revoked in Virginia-- for
allegedly over-medicating patients suffering from chronic pain.
SUPER=03-Richmond/June 20; :
The State Board of Medicine took action against Dr. Hurwitz after two of
his patients died.
The doctor's supporters say his massive doses of chronic pain killers make
their lives tolerable.
Millions of Americans suffer from chronic pain.
This weekend, on 60-MINUTES, you can hear more about the issue, and hear
from Dr. Hurwitz.
He says doctors are now afraid to use one of the most effective treatments
available for chronic pain-- high doses of narcotic drugs.
IN Q=The war on
((THE WAR ON DRUGS HAS TURNED INTO A WAR ON PAIN PATIENTS.
DO YOU EVER GET TO THE POINT WHERE YOU CAN'T TAKE THIS?
EVERY DAY. ))
OUT Q=every day.
"60 Minutes" airs Sunday night at 7 o'clock, right here on W-D-B-J.
Good evening everybody and welcome to the start of your weekend, and the
finish of the high school football season.
Most teams kicked off the year 14 weeks ago back on August 30th.
Tomorrow, the four survivors will try to nail down state titles.
In Division Two, unbeaten Giles will be in Richmond playing Powhatan high
school, That game is being played at Midlothian high school.
Another unbeaten, GW Danville wil again be on the road for the second
consecutive year trying to bring home the gold.
The Eagles play Chantilly at WT Woodson high school in Fairfax.
Brookville will also be on the road tomorrow as Mark Lineburg tries to become
a second generation state championship coach.
His Dad Norm Lineburg won back to back title at Radford in 1971 and 72.
wipe to eng#
((NORM LINEBURG/RADFORD HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Norm Lineburg/Radford Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...HAPPY FOR THEM."
And this is Victory Stadium, as it looked this afternoon at 3:30. Not bad
for a cross country skiing venue, but unfortunately this is the site of
tomorrow's Division Four State championship game between Salem and Sherando.
The City tried a number of things to day deal with the snow, but the field
was too wet to shovel so, they plan to re-evaluate the surface tomorrow
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The Salem-Sherando game begins at 1:30, as do all the other championships
The gates at Victory stadium wil open at 11:30 tomorrow morning. Tickets are
And don't forget we will have a complete preview of all of tomorrow's games
for you tonight at 11;35 on Friday Football Extra.
There is also another big game on tap tomorrow afternoon, at Veterans stadium
in Philadelphia as Army meets Navy for the 97th time.
This is almost always an interesting game because of the intense rivalry
between the two service academies, but this year the excitement and
anticipation surrounding the game is even greater because Army comes in with a
9-and-1 record and Navy has a 8-and-2 mark.
The winner of the game will be headed to the Independence Bowl in Shreveport.
And remember you can watch the Army-Navy game tomorrow at Noon right here on
And right after that football game we'll have the UVa-Clemson basketball game
Have a safe weekend everybody. Take care.
go to break
The library has been a cornerstone of the Gainsboro neighborhood for 75
years, and today Roanoke celebrated the library's designation as a state and
national historic landmark.
The current building opened its doors in 1942...
but the Gainsboro branch dates back to the start of the Roanoke library
system in 1921.
Today, supporters recognized the contributions of longtime librarian
Virginia Lee, and others who helped the library survive and prosper.
IN Q=To all those who had a hand
((GEORGE HELLER: TO ALL THOSE WHO HAD A HAND IN IT, AND SOME OF THEM I KNEW
PERSONALLY, I APPRECIATE THEM EVEN MORE NOW. BUT IT IS MY HOPE THAT THE PRESENT
GENERATION WILL APPRECIATE AND CONTINUE TO HOLD FORTH WHAT THEY DID.))
OUT Q=what they did.
Today, the library branch houses more than 30- thousand volumes, including
the Virginia Lee Collection of Afro- American History.
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
Exactly six months ago a married couple was murdered in their Roanoke home.
And to this day, there hasn't been a break in the case.
The morning of June 6th, the bodies of
Manfred and Wanda Woody were pulled from their Day Avenue apartment.
Both had been beaten to death with an iron skillet.
We talked to police about the unsolved double murder earlier today.
We'll tell you what they had to say about it
coming up on News- 7 at six.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
check out the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime with
Connie Stevens-- tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Thanks for watching-- Goodnight.