Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE--
An offensive odor leads to the gruesome discovery at an apartment in Old
Three children apparently left home alone escape from their burning house.
And a small memorial for the pilot of the Airborne Express Cargo Plane.
Well the weather once again defies the calender. Instead of the heart of
winter, we get a dose of spring. Details ahead.
And on Health Check-- 1996 has been a big year for medicine--
with advances in treating AIDS, as well as everything from migraines to
Join us for a look at the Year in review.
Stay with us NEWS-7 at Five is next.
Two badly decompsed male bodies are discovered in a Day Avenue apartment
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
It was about 2:15 today when police got the call.
When they arrived at 429 Day Avenue- they found two unidentified black men
double boxes Jean/Jay
Jay Moore has the latest from Day Avenue.
(Jay ad lib)
(roll cue: "...used his pass key.")
VO OUT Q=near one of the bodies
double boxes Jean/Jay
(question: was there any sign of forced entry.)
Three children escaped injury when fire destroyed a Roanoke home this
The blaze broke out on Southern Hills Drive shortly before noon.
The girls, two sisters and a friend ran to a neighbor's house saying their
house was on fire, and they could not get into the room their mother was in.
((DIST. CHIEF PAT TAYLOR/ROANOKE FIRE DEPT.: WE RECEIVED A PHONE CALL,
STRUCTURAL FIRE, POSSIBLE ENTRAPMENT. WHEN WE ARRIVED HEAVY FLAMES SHOWING FROM
THE FRONT PORTION OF THE HOUSE. ))
SUPER=01-Dist. Chief Pat Taylor/Roanoke Fire Dept.;
OUT Q=of the house.
Taylor says firefighters searched the house for an hour looking for the
mother before police found her somewhere else.
No one was injured in the blaze.
The house and its contents were a total loss.
Officials suspect clothing left on a floor furnace started the fire.
Virginia prison officials still insist there was NO riot yesterday at
Buckingham Correctional Center.
At a news conference today, corrections director Ron Angelone released more
details on the stabbing of a prison warden, and how 20 or so inmates then
rushed a control room.
SUPER=03-Buckingham Co./File Tape;
Four were injured when five rifle rounds were fired off by an officer.
Meanwhile, a number of what Angelone calls "nuisance fires" were set,
including one that destroyed the prison library.
IN Q=A riot would
((RON ANGELONE/VA. CORRECTIONS DIRECTOR: A RIOT WOULD BE WHERE INMATES, NO
MATTER WHAT WAS GOING ON, DID AS A GROUP AND JUST TOTALLY GOT INVOLVED WITH
DOING ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING UNTIL YOU HAD TO GO IN AND PHYSICALLY RESTRAIN
EVERY INMATE THAT WAS OUT IN THE YARD.))
SUPER=01-Ron Angelone/Va. Corrections Director;
OUT Q=in the yard.
Angelone says warden Eddie Pearson was released from the hospital today.
IN Q=He's got
((HE'S GOT A LARGE STITCH SCAR ON THE SIDE OF HIS FACE FROM WHERE THE CUTTING
WENT. IT WAS SERIOUS IN THE POINT THAT A LOT OF BLOOD WAS LOST.))
OUT Q=was lost.
32-year old Dennis Keith Webb will be charged in the stabbing.
Buckingham is now on indefinite lockdown.
Police have arrested a suspect in last night's shooting in northwest
22 year- old Thaddeus Lee Ross is charged with malicious wounding, attempted
robbery, and use of a firearm.
A 22-year-old man was shot in the hip in the 800 block of Hunt Avenue just
before 6:30 last night.
Police say Clarence Patterson was confronted by two men who asked him
"Where's the stuff?"
When Patterson denied he had anything, the two men pulled out guns and
At least one bullet hit Patterson.
Police spent close to an hour looking for shell casings and other evidence.
No official word on Patterson's condition, but police say his injury is NOT
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- a newspaper report gives weight to a congressman
who claims voter fraud cost him re-election.
And a man shoots three fast food employees at a California McDonald's.
Also coming up-- Baby boomers are playing basketball, skiing and
rollerblading-- but now doctors are seeing more injuries usually found in
The story tonight on Health Check, stay with us.
A Salem couple is making sure there is more than debris left behind from the
deadly plane crash in Giles County.
Roger and Carol Whitley were friends with the pilot of Sunday's ill-fated
Airborne Express flight.
They knew Keith (LEH-ming) Leming from the time he was a small boy.
This morning they took a wreath and a bouquet of flowers to the crash site
as a symbol of love and remembrance.
IN Q=As a young
((CAROL WHITLEY/VICTIM'S FRIEND: AS A YOUNG BOY, WE WERE HIS SUNDAY SCHOOL
TEACHERS AND WE KNEW HIS WIFE WHEN THEY WERE GOING THROUGH HIGH SCHOOL, BEFORE
THEY GOT MARRIED. THEY USED TO BE AT OUR HOUSE ALL OF THE TIME AND WAS JUST A
WONDERFUL YOUNG MAN. ))
SUPER=01-Carol Whitley/Victim's Friend;
OUT Q=young man
Meanwhile, NTSB officials are in the process of wrapping up their on sight
There are still many unknowns about the D-C 8 crash, but investigators now
say there is no evidence of an aircraft maintenance problem.
All six people on board the plane were killed.
A preliminary report will likely be completed sometime next week.
Police have a lead in the shootings of three workers at a McDonald's
restaurant in Vallejo, California-
All three woman were shot in the head- one was critically wounded.
The gunmen apparently did not say anything, did not TAKE anything and did
not harm any customers.
Police say a former employee resembles a composite drawing of the suspect.
They say the man had some problems while working at the restaurant, but
police did not elaborate.
California Congressman Bob Dornan's claimed all along that he was the
victim of voter fraud.
Now some published reports back up his claim.
The Los Angeles Times reports that 19 non-citizens admitted they voted in
the Congressional race last month. That's where Dornan lost a bid for a
tenth term. Dorman is a Republican.
Democrat Loretta Sanchez won by 979 votes.
Dornan claims hundreds of non-citizens and felons cast ballots on
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Still to come- mild weather in our region is a welcome sign--
When you compare it to the snow and ice in the Pacific Northwest-- as Seattle
is virtually shut down.
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Ice covers most everything in parts of Oregon.
Take a look at this stop sign- although you probably would not need traffic
Most folks could not get their cars out from underneath all the ice.
Several tractor trailers are also stuck- literally ICED to the ground.
((JIM WOODARD/TRUCK DRIVER: I WAS FROZE TO THE GROUND. I DIDN'T EVEN BOTHER
MOVING. LEFT IT PARKED. REPORTER: WHAT DO YOU DO AT THIS POINT? WAIT IT OUT?
DRIVER: I'M GONNA WAIT IT OUT.. NOT DRIVING IN IT NO MORE.))
SUPER=01-Jim Woodard/Truck Driver;
OUT Q=IN IT NO MORE."
In Washington State it's SNOW that's slowing people down.
Several buses are stuck-
Others opted to ride their bikes although doesn't look too easy.
Police even had trouble getting around.
A foot and half of snow fell in some areas and it was still coming down at
the rate of 2 inches an hour.
wipe wipe wipe
wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-St. Petersburg, FL;
It was fog in Florida that caused a chain of accidents on the Sunshine Skyway
One person is dead and 24 people injured.
The causeway connects St. Petersburg, Florida to the Bradenton-Sarasota
About thirty cars were involved in the wreck. Dozens of others were trapped
on the bridge.
toss to robin
SUPER=330-Variable Clouds/Light Winds/36-39/Variable Clouds/Wind SW-15/58-62;
SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Patchy Fog/38-40/Partly Cloudy/Wind SW-15/60-62;
SUPER=332-Mostly Cloudy/Drizzle Late/36-38/Mostly Cloudy/But Mild/54-56;
SUPER=333-Clouds With/Patchy Fog Late/34-36/Mostly Cloudy/And Mild/56-58;
SUPER=334-Cloudy Skies/Light Winds/38-40/Mostly Cloudy/Wind SW-10/56-58;
health music under
Stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE--
Mike Stevens joins us live from Florida-- just a couple hours away from
kickoff at the Carquest Bowl.
And on Health Check, it's been a year of weight loss drugs, fake fat, and
And then of course, treatments for spinal cord injuries, and a change in
the length of hospital stays for new mothers.
We'll have the medical stories of 1996, when we come back.
health bump next
Topping tonight's Health Check report-- It's not unusual to see baby
boomers playing sports that used to be reserved for people twenty or younger.
It's also not unusual for middle aged men and women to suffer injuries--
especially blown out knees.
Many of them are tearing the anterior crutiate (croo-she-it) ligament, or
((DR. TED PARKS/ ST. LUKES MEDICAL CENTER PRES.: THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE
ARE SEEING MORE AND MORE IN OUR PRACTICE AND ORTHOPEDICS IN GENERAL. THAT IS
A POPULATION OF PEOPLE WHO ARE SUSTAINING INJURIES THAT ARE TYPICALLY INJURIES
OF HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE ATHLETES."
SUPER=01-Dr. Ted Parks/St. Lukes Medical Center; :03
OUT Q=college athletes.
The A-C-L is a ligament that's deep inside the knee joint.
It's main job is to
keep the shin bone from sliding around when the knee bends.
Unfortunately the older you are, the easier it is to tear an A-C-L.
((WE KNOW THAT LIGAMENTS ARE CONNECTIVE TISSUES AND WE KNOW THAT OVER TIME
CONNECTIVE TISSUES BECOME MORE RIGID AND RIGID THINGS BREAK EASIER THAN
OUT Q=elastic things.
You can live without an A-C-L, but if you're active the knee becomes unstable
and over time it can lead to arthritis.
Doctors say surgery can rebuild the A-C-L, with about a nine month
rehabilitation period to strengthen the new ligament.
GRAPHIC=year in review
It's been an exciting year in medicine-- with new hope for AIDS patients
and new drugs to treat everything from migraines to obesity.
Health Check's Connie Stevens looks back at the big medical stories of
IN Q=1996 brought the
SUPER=01-Norman Haner/Father; 2:26 QUICK!
OUT Q=CS. HealthCheck.
1996 brought the best news for AIDS patients since the onset of the
Last winter, the F-D-A approved three new drugs called protease
Studies published later in the year found that protease inhibitors used in
combination with older drugs appeared to rid the body of the AIDS virus.
IN Q=My gut feeling
(( DODGE, AIDS PATIENT: MY GUT FEELING IS THAT I WILL NOT DIE OF AIDS. ))
OUT Q=die of AIDS.
The approval of a new weight loss drug this year garnered mixed
reviews from the medical community. Dexfenfluramine, sold under the brand
name "Redux," has a fatal flaw... in rare cases, the diet drug causes a deadly
People seeking cosmetic weight loss, might want to resist temptation and
go the diet and exercise route.
The same advice could apply to samplers of the new fake fat...olestra.
The newly approved fat substitute can cause serious stomach upset.
Instead, the health conscious might want to try this old standby:
In 1996, oatmeal became the first specific food allowed by the F-D-A to
carry a health benefit claim right on the label.
A daily dose can reduce the risk of heart disease.
And if you're feeling your oats... you can feel more comfortable using
your microwave oven to cook them.
A long-awaited study published in '96 said there is no hard evidence
electromagnetic fields from appliances and power lines are dangerous.
IN Q=I will walk
((CHRISTOPHER REEVE, ACTOR: I WILL WALK AGAIN.))
We applauded his courage, and the work of Swedish doctors who
reported a major step in one of medicine's most sought after goals:
the repair of spinal cord injuries. Doctors cut, then successfully
reconnected the spinal cord of a rat... giving hope to people paralyzed by
spinal cord injuries.
Hope for migraine sufferers came in the form of a relatively cheap and
commonly used anesthetic.
Lidocaine nasal spray offers quick relief without side effects for many
IN Q=Nat sound
OUT Q=nat baby crying.
And good news for newborns and new moms this year.
Congress passed a law guaranteeing mothers and babies at least two days in
These little ones...all six of them... spent a good deal more than 48
hours in the hospital.
The Haner's ((HAY-NER)) of New York increased their brood by 600% last
March with the delivery of the second set of American sextuplets born in this
IN Q=When you start
(( NORMAN HANER/FATHER: WHEN YOU START LOOKING AROUND THE ROOM. THERE'S MINE.
THERE'S MINE. THERE'S MINE.' AND IT'S LIKE, AND IT'S SLOWLY STARTING TO SINK
OUT Q=sink in. Yes.
With a few hundred diaper changes under his belt, Dad should be fully
acclimated by 1997.
Connie Stevens, Health Check.))
TAPE#S'link ROLLED FROM TRUCK
In Fort Lauderdale it was in the 80's for the second day in a row-- and it
is expected to be heated on the grid iron, as U-V-A meets Miami in the
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/MIKE
Mike Stevens is sweating it out down south and joins us live.
SUPER=06-Fort Lauderdale, FL;
(roll cue: "...the state of Florida isn't exactly UVA's number one vacation
SUPER=04-This Afternoon; :00
SUPER=01-Tim Sherman/UVa Quarterback; :18
SUPER=04-November 16; :24
SUPER=01-Ryan Clement/Miami Quarterback; :43
OUT Q=in the game.
SUPER=06-Fort Lauderdale, FL;
(roll cue: "...when one of their main players was injured in practice around
SUPER=01-Dr. Duwayne Lagan/Virginia Tech Team Physician; :22
SUPER=01-Eddie Ferrell/Virginia Tech Trainer; :44
OUT Q=what it will be.
mike tosses to break
The alcohol-free First Night Celebration has become tradition for many
The New Year's Eve party held at various locations around Roanoke, has grown
SUPER=03-Roanoke/December 31, 1992;
This year's festival marks the sixth time Roanoke has hosted the
It's grown from 35-hundred people to more than 10-thousand last year.
Organizers say that's because so many events are offered.
IN Q=WE'LL HAVE
((WENDI SCHULTZ/FIRST NIGHT: WE'LL HAVE CARRIAGE RIDES OUTSIDE, OF COURSE
WE'LL HAVE FIREWORKS AT MIDNIGHT. THIS YEAR WE'LL HAVE FIREMEN RAPELLING OFF
THE CITY GARAGE TO OPERA AND SPOTLIGHTS. WE'LL HAVE CLOSE TO 80 DIFFERENT
SUPER=01-Wendi Schultz/First Night;
OUT Q=80 DIFFERENT PERFORMANCES.
This year's party also includes events geared for young adults, teens and
All you need for admission is a First Night button.
Those are available at many locations including Kroger, Heironimus, Save-X
Mini Marts, Your Hometown Station and the Roanoke Festival in the Park office.
They cost seven dollars for adults and three dollars for children under 12
if you buy them in advance.
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--
tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Thanks for watching-- Have a nice weekend.