News 7 at Five is next-
Friends mourn a 17 year old murder victim in Northwest Roanoke.
Lem Tuggle is scheduled to die in just four hours. We'll have a report from
the Greensville Correctional Center.
Plus we'll go up in the air with Slam Duncan.
The weather will get a little bumpy tonight but showers will clear the area
tomorrow. The latest radar pictures are just ahead.
On Health Check, a new drug for diabetics may soon be on the market--
Plus, just what does an abnormal pap test indicate?
We'll have a report on cervical dysplasia, and pre-cancerous cells.
IN Q=People... everyone
((PEOPLE... EVERYONE LOVED ANTWAN. ))
OUT Q=loved Antwan
Dozens gather outside a Northwest Roanoke neighborhood to remember a fallen
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
17-year old Antwan Gray was apparently going about his normal routine last
night around seven.
He was standing on the sidewalk of the 24-hundred block of Centre
Avenue, hoping to meet up with some of his friends.
That's when the gunfire erupted.
Gray was shot more than once... and when police got to the scene, they found
him lying in the middle of the street... already dead.
This afternoon a group of his friends placed a rose-clad wreath at the crime
scene... and spray painted his name on the adjacent walls.
They said he had no enemies.
IN Q=None, none, none.
((LATANYA FOSTER/VICTIM'S FRIEND: NONE, NONE, NONE. TOO MANY PEOPLE OUT HERE
LOVED ANTWAN LIKE THAT. THE ONLY THING I CAN THINK OF IS THAT SOMEBODY WAS JUST
JEALOUS. YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING? ))
SUPER=01-Latanya Foster/Victim's Friend;
OUT Q=what i'm saying?
At this point authorities have not made any arrests...
They're asking for anyone with information to call city police headquarters.
Several airlines are now installing smoke detectors in jetliner cargo
The measure comes after the Valujet Crash last Spring- that may have been
caused after oxygen canisters caught fire in the cargo hold.
((BY PUTTING SMOKE DETECTORS IN EVERY CARGO HOLD OF THESE CARRIERS WE TAKE
ANOTHER STEP TO MAKE OUR PEOPLE AND OUR SKIES SAFER.))
OUT Q=OUR SKIES SAFER."
But some say more should be done- They want a system to suppress a fire once
Vice President Al Gore says that solution is more complicated but promised
airlines and the administrators are working on it.
The Pentagon says it is not planning on attacking Iran-
It's disputing the L-A times report that says the U-S would attack Iran if
SUPER=03-Saudi Arabia/June 25;
investigations found it was responsible for last June's truck bombing in Saudi
The Pentagon says that statement is premature.
((MIKE MCCURRY/STATE DEPT. SPOKESMAN: THE INVESTIGATION IS ONGOING. THERE ARE
NO CONCLUSIONS THEREFORE THE PRESIDENT HAS NOT YET CONSIDERED ANY STEPS HE
MIGHT TAKE AS A RESULT OF THAT INVESTIGATION.))
SUPER=01-Mike McCurry/State Dept. Spokesman;
OUT Q=OF THAT INVESTIGATION."
Saudi officials say their own investigation found no connection between
Iran and the bombing.
An Army staff sergeant has pleaded guilty to abusing female trainees under
Anthony Fore admits he fondled one recruit- checked others to see if they
were wearing bras and put his hands around the necks of two others after they
answered his questions incorrectly.
Fore is the second instructor court-martialed at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
in just a few months.
Fore faces up to 33-and-a-half years in jail.
He was a poster boy for abolishing parole in Virginia, and the last
surviving member of the nation's largest death row escape.double boxes
Ellen Qualls is at Greensville Correctional Center, where Lem Davis Tuggle,
Junior is expected to be executed in four hours.
Jean, Lem Tuggle has been here three times before -- transferred from
to a cell outside the death chamber here at Greensville.
But his appeals appear to have run out this time.
The last time we saw Lem Tuggle was in 1984.
He was captured in Vermont, after a week of freedom.
SUPER=03-Mecklenburg Co./May 1984;
The other five death row escapees were all put to death by 1991.
Tuggle's never talked publicly about the incident.
His attorney says he's "kind of made his peace with the execution" that's
likely to occur tonight.
The folks who may be more at peace tonight are down in Smyth County.
The family of Jessie Geneva Havens may attend this execution.
As might the family of Tuggle's first rape and murder victim, 25 years ago.
17-year old Shirley Brickey.
double boxes Jean/Ellen
(question: Was he out on parole from the Brickey murder when he killed
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Here's what's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- A client of Together dating Service
talks about her dealings with the now defunct business in Roanoke County.
Plus they are high atop a parking lot with a bird's eye view-- in search of
bikes for Christmas.
Plus-- three out of four so-called "family hour" television programs
contain some sexual content.
On Health Check, we'll hear what's being done about it.
Still to come-- the annual Old Southwest Parlor Tour...
Patrick has a live report when we come back.
Amateur golf champ and former teacher Penny Stallins says she's sorry for
the drug use that damaged her reputation, embarassed friends and family and
landed her in court.
Today, a Salem judge suspended a jail sentence and ordered her to do
Stallins admitted using marijuana and cocaine.
Today in Salem Circuit Court, she asked for a chance to tell her story to
young people, parents and drug counselors.
IN Q=I'm very remorseful
((PENNY STALLINS/DEFENDANT: I'M VERY REMORSEFUL. I WANT TO CONTINUE WITH MY
TREATMENT AND I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR LOVE AND SUPPORT AND I WILL
CONTINUE TO TAKE ONE DAY AT A TIME TO REMAIN CLEAN AND SOBER.))
OUT Q=remain clean and sober.
Stallins faces more serious charges in Botetourt County. She will be
sentenced there in January.
Roanoke's Together Dating Service Franchise was locked and empty today.
The local office lost it's franchise and shut down yesterday as News 7
investigated it's status.
double boxes Eric/Jean
Today Eric Earnhart talked to some local customers of Together of Roanoke,
Eric what did they tell you?
Jean, they told two stories, high pressure, and low service... and in both
cases, high cost.
The service cost people anywhere from a thousand to 3 thousand dollars.
Claudia Ramsey, a widow, paid more than a thousand dollars for her
That was almost a year ago. what kind of results has she seen?
((CLAUDIA RAMSEY/TOGETHER CLIENT; NOTHING, I NEVER HAD, IT'S BEEN JANUARY FIFTH
IT'LL BE ONE YEAR, I HAVEN'T MET THE FIRST PERSON. ))
SUPER=01-Claudia Ramsey/Together Client
OUT Q=met the first person
(eric ad lib)
Ramsey said she was given phone numbers and did have some phone
conversations with potential dates but said the meetings never happened.
They either weren't compatible, never called back, or stood her up.
The better business bureau told us today they recieved several telephone
complaints about Together of Roanoke since our story aired yesterday.
If you are a current client of Together of Roanoke, you can still get
service by calling the company's Greensboro, North Carolina office. double
All the files from the local office have been transferred there. Jean?
Old Southwest is home to several old and stately houses-- and you're invited
to take a look inside.
(Patrick ad lib)
stocks bump next
Having trouble getting ready for all your Holiday guests? What if the
entire Roanoke Valley was invited to your house?
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
That's the case with several homes in Southwest Roanoke, where the Old
Southwest Parlor Tour is about to get underway this weekend.
SUPER=01-Jan Wilkins/Tour Promoter;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/ROBIN
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SUPER=331-Passing Showers/Wind S-10/47-49/Partly Cloudy/Wind N-10/53-56;
SUPER=332-Rain Showers/Wind S-10/44-46/Turning Partly/Cloudy/48-50;
SUPER=333-Showers And/Thunderstorms/44-46/Partial Clearing/Wind N-10/48-50;
SUPER=334-Rain Showers/Wind S-10/44-46/Partial Clearing/Wind N-15/48-50;
health music under
Stick around-- if the matchup at this weekend's Stagg bowl sounds familiar,
you're right-- Mike Stevens has a preview of the rematch.
For many women, the diagnosis of an abnormal pap smear can be unnerving.
On Health Check, we'll explain the varying degrees of "abnormal"-- with a
report on cervical dysplasia.
IN Q=I think that
((I THINK THAT ALL WOMEN NEED TO REALIZE THAT HAVING AN ABNORMAL PAP SMEAR
DOESN'T MEAN A DEATH SENTENCE. ))
OUT Q=a death sentence. quick out!!!
health bump next
F-D-A advisors are recommending a new drug for diabetes.
They say Rezulin can reduce or even end dependence on insulin--
by patients with the Type Two form of the disease.
Researchers believe the drug starts a chain reaction that results in the
body being more sensitive to insulin....and decreasing its glucose.
Rezulin would be the first drug to attack the underlying cause of Type
Cervical cancer was once the leading cause of death among women in this
But along came the pap test, and the ability to detect it before it became
The test can even show abnormal, or "precancerous" cells-- called cervical
Even that, though, can be pretty traumatic for some women, diagnosed with
pre-cancerous cells in the cervix.
IN Q= The first thing
SUPER=01-Dr. Ann Marie Beddoe/Gynecologist; :04
OUT Q=the same.
IN Q=The first thing
((DR. ANN AMRIE BEDDOE/GYNECOLOGIST: THE FIRST THING WE TRY TO DO IS PUT THEM,
RELAX THEM, AND LET THEM KNOW THAT THIS DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU HAVE CANCER BUT
IT MAY BE A PREVENTATIVE STRATEGY TO TRY TO PREVENT CANCER IN THE FUTURE. ))
OUT Q=in the future.
After a pap test reveals dysplasia, the next step is usually a more
thorough pelvic exam and possible biopsy.
In 90 percent of cases these abnormalities are caused by the HPV or "Human
IN Q=All women
(( DR. BEDDOE: ALL WOMEN ARE AT RISK FAR DYSPLASIA. ANYONE IS AT RISK FOR
THE HPV VIRUS, IT IS SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED. THE PROBLEM WITH THE HPV VIRUS IS
THAT WE DON'T KNOW WHEN IT IS TRANSMISSIBLE.))
Out-patient treatment generally involves removing the top layer of
IN Q=Any treatment
((DR. BEDDOE: ANY TREATMENT THAT YOU USE, THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THAT
TREATMENT IS TO DESTROY THE UPPER CELLS LINING THE MUCOSA, TO DESTROY ALL THE
CELLS IN THE MUCOSA. SO WHETHER YOU FREEZE THE, THAT IS CRYOSURGERY, OR YOU
OBLATE THEM WITH A LASER OR YOU REMOVE THEM WITH LEEP, LOOP ELECTROSURGICAL
EXCISIONAL PROCEDURE, THEY ALL DO PRETTY MUCH THE SAME.))
If caught early, the cure rate is 99-percent.
Women who have an abnormal pap test should also bear in mind that the
diagnosis of "abnormal" covers a whole spectrum from minimal precancerous
cells to something that's invasive and dangerous.
Meantime, a related study finds that religious beliefs could become a
major factor in the fight against cervical cancer.
At the University of California, one researcher found that 43-percent of
immigrant Hispanic women believe cervical cancer is God's punishment for an
The researcher thinks the belief drives many women to avoid life-saving
What's actually on television during what's called the "family hour"?
A new study warns the small screen is saturated with SEX.
That, according to the Kaiser Foundation and the non-profit policy group
They focused on 20 years of network television, and found a marked
increase in the number of sexual references in early prime-time.
IN Q=Even in
((VICKY RIDEOUT/"CHILDREN NOW": EVEN IN THIS EARLY EVENING HOUR WHEN THEY
THOUGHT IT WAS SAFE TO BE IN THE KITCHEN WASHING DISHES THEY NEED TO PAY
ATTENTION TO WHAT THEIR KIDS ARE SEEING ON TV.))
SUPER=01-Vicky Rideout/"Children Now";
OUT Q=are seeing on tv.
The study found three out of our four family hour programs on the networks
contain some sexual content, and that a third of these shows have a primary
emphasis on sex....triple the number of shows 20 years ago.
The television industry is close to adopting a voluntary rating system for
The proposed system will be unveiled next week, and will involve rating
programs both for age and content.
From the journal Nature comes some potentially soothing words about
Scientists say chemicals that cause inflammation may be at least in part--
to blame for the often debilitating "throbbing" pain.
Tests on rats showed nerves and blood vessels in the membrane between the
brain and skull---were very sensitive to histamines and other inflammatory
The hope is that by understanding what causes migraines, doctors will be
better able to treat---or prevent them.
The Carolina Panthers will be well represented in the NFL Pro-Bowl--
Plus the teams are already in the valley for the Stagg Bowl. Here's Mike
Good evening everybody and welcome to the Thursday Ticker.
The participants in this year's Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl, arrived in the valley
last night and this afternoon they began their final preparations for
Saturday's big game.
Mount Union comes to the game with a 12 and o record.
Rowan finished its season 10 and 2 but the Profs are riding a seven game win
streak through the playoffs.
IN Q=First Audio
((K.C. KEELER/ROWAN HEAD COACH: ))
((LARRY KEHRES/MOUNT UNION HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-K.C. Keeler/Rowan Head Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Larry Kehres/Mount Union Head Coach; :19
OUT Q=...by any stretch."
Roy Stanley will have much on today's workouts and talks with the Division 3
player of the year at six.
The NFL Pro Bowl teams were announced today and while the Dallas Cowboys lead
the way with 9 players, the new big boy on the block is Carolina.
The playoff bound Panthers placed seven players on the NFC pro bowl squad
including the team's starting trio of linebackers in Sam Mills, Kevin Greene,
and Lamar Lathon.
IN Q="It's just...
((LAMAR LATHON/PANTHERS LINEBACKER:))
((KEVIN GREENE/PANTHERS LINEBACKER:))
((SAM MILLS/PANTHERS LINEBACKER:))
((WESLEY WALLS/PANTHERS PRO BOWL TIGHT END:))
SUPER=01-Lamar Lathon/Panthers Pro Bowl Linebacker; :00
SUPER=01-Kevin Greene/Panthers Pro Bowl Linebacker; :08
SUPER=01-Sam Mills/Panthers Pro Bowl Linebacker; :15
SUPER=01-Wesley Walls/Panthers Tight End; :22
OUT Q=...reason we're here."
Three Redskins made the team - Ken Harvey, Matt Turk, and Terry Allen.
Bruce Smith and Herman Moore were also selected to the Pro bowl team.
Much more coming up at six tonight.
Take Care everybody.
take a break
The Bikes or Bust Broadcast is on the air.
IN Q=We're here at
((SLAM DUNCAN/J-93 DISC JOCKEY: WE'RE HERE AT TANGLEWOOD MALL AGAIN THIS YEAR
FOLKS. IT'S BIKES OR BUST.))
SUPER=01-Slam Duncan/J-93 Disc Jockey;
OUT Q=bikes or bust.
Disc Jockey Slam Duncan is spending four days IN the air, as well as ON the
He's broadcasting from a trailer, suspended 93 feet above the ground.
WDBJ-7 is helping the station collect one thousand bikes for the Marine's
Toys for Tots program.
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
It's been several months since a church has been burned in the South, but
many ministers remain on alert.
double boxes Jean/Keith
Keith Humphry is in our newsroom to tell us more..
Jean, there have been no recent arson cases, but churches continue to be
SUPER=03-Amherst Co./Last Week;
targets of vandalism and break- ins.
About 30- ministers, fire chiefs and police officials met this morning in
Amherst County to talk about crime prevention in churches.
A state grant is also paying for late- night patrols of the county's
double boxes Jean/Keith
We'll have more on that story tonight on News7 at 6.
Thanks Keith-- That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later
check out the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime with
Connie Stevens-- tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Thanks for watching-- Goodnight.