(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST IS ON THE ROPES FOLLOWING ANOTHER ONE-TWO PUNCH FROM
THESE DOLLS ARE SUPPOSED TO DEVOUR PLASTIC TOY CARROTS AND FRENCH
FRIES....BUT ONCE THEY LOCK ONTO HUMAN HAIR...THE FEEDING FRENZY CONTINUES. ))
OUT Q=feeding frenzy continues.
TOP STORY GRAPHIC 11004
It's Monday December 30th--tonight's Top Story
Police are left with the mystery of who fired the gun in the case of two
decomposed bodies found in an Old Southwest apartment.
Good Evening you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens.
The two men found dead at a Day Avenue apartment last week were identified
by Roanoke Police today.
54 year old Spencer Jackson Dickason lived at the apartment where his body
was found on Friday.
The other man, 44 year old Odell Hairston had a northwest Roanoke address.
Investigators are hoping further tests will tell them who fired the gun.
Over the weekend, the medical examiner said both died from a single gunshot
to the head.
The bullets were the same caliber as a gun found at the scene, pointing to a
possible murder suicide.
The gunshot wounds to a Pulaski couple are found to be consistent with
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co./Sunday Morning;
Betty and Douglas Burgess died Saturday night outside of their home on
Alum Spring Road.
The couple had been separated for some time, and were reportedly in the
process of getting a divorce.
Police say Douglas Burgess was clutching a large caliber handgun when they
found his body.
Following autopsies today, Dr. William Masello said both victims died from
gunshot wounds to the head.
Douglas Burgess had a single gunshot wound. Betty Burgess had more than
SUPER=03-San Diego; :
Federal safety regulators are NOT taking any action on hair-eating dolls
that have been chomping on the locks of unsuspecting children.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission, however, is issuing a warning
about the Cabbage Patch Snacktime Kids.
The doll is designed to chew automatically when plastic french fries or
other items are placed in its mouth.
It keeps eating until its plastic food drops into its backpack.
But the dolls' mechanical jaws have locked down on the hair of nearly
three dozen little girls--
Emmy Sivadge learned first-hand.
IN Q=The face was
((SCOTT SIVADGE/EMMY'S FATHER: THE FACE WAS SO TIGHT AGAINST THE TOP
OF HER HEAD, PUSHED DOWN LIKE THIS, THERE WAS NO WAY I COULD CUT THE HAIR.
GAIL SIVADGE/EMMY'S MOTHER: IF YOU PULLED ON THE DOLL, IT ONLY GRABBED MORE,
AND IT WAS PULLING HER HAIR AWAY FROM HER SCALP.
REPORTER: WHERE WAS IT ON YOUR HAIR?
EMMY: RIGHT HERE.
REPORTER: DID IT HURT?
EMMY: MMHMMM,. IT WAS TIGHT. ))
SUPER=01-Scott Sivadge/Emmy's Father; :00
SUPER=01-Gail Sivadge/Emmy's Mother; :07
OUT Q=it was tight.
The doll does not have an on-off switch-- it took this family 20 minutes,
20 screws-- and a very sharp knife-- to cut the head back.
Mattel, the toy's manufacturer, insists the toys are safe.
In political news-- this year's election season is spilling into the New
Governor George Allen has named January 14th the day for the special House
of Delegates election.
That's to fill the unexpired term of Delegate Roscoe Reynolds -- following
HIS special election to fill the unexpired term of state Senator Virgil Goode
-- who was, of course, elected to Congress.
According to the Allen Administration, January 14th is the EARLIEST possible
That means the 10th House district will be unrepresented for at least the
first week of the 1997 General Assembly session.
Virgil Goode says he's going to Washington as his own man....
The Rocky Mount Democrat adds he'll look at the example set by his
predecessors as he takes his seat in Congress.
Goode promises to vote his conscience, and remain true to the conservative
philosophy that he followed during more than 20 years in the state senate.
But as he heads to Washington, Goode says he also considers L.F. Payne and
Dan Daniel to be excellent role models.
IN Q=Dan Daniel was a very fine
((VIRGIL GOODE/CONGRESSMAN-ELECT: DAN DANIEL WAS A VERY FINE LEGISLATOR AND IF
ONE COULD DO JUST A A PART OF THE THINGS HE DID IN THE AREA OF CONSTITUENT
SERVICE WOULD BE GOOD. AND I THINK L.F. PAYNE HAS DONE A GOOD JOB. AND I THINK
BOTH OF THOSE ARE GOOD ROLE MODELS FOR ANYONE FROM THE FIFTH DISTRICT OR
VIRGINIA TO LOOK TO.))
OUT Q=to look to.
Goode has been appointed to the House Agriculture Committee. He'll be
sworn in January 7th.
Straight ahead Mike Stevens reports from Miami-- the countdown continues to
the kickoff of the Orange Bowl.
And several hunters are taking advantage of a controlled hunt-- because of an
increase in the deer population this year.
go to break
Smith Mountain Lake State Park was closed to the public during this mild
But for hunters it was open as grounds for a controlled deer hunt.
Scott Prince reports from Bedford County.
IN Q=The hunt
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Dale Woods/Dept. of Conservation & Recreation; :12
SUPER=01-Norman Cumbo/Hunter; :52
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Bedford County
(( The hunt is on at Smith Mountain Lake State Park.
For the second straight year, it's closed to the public to make way for
The reason-- an increasing deer population.
IN Q=When you
((DALE WOODS/VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION AND RECREATION: WHEN YOU HAVE
THAT, THE QUALITY OF THE DEER DROPS A LITTLE BIT. SO WE'RE TRYING TO DECREASE
THOSE DEER NUMBERS SLIGHTLY. ))
OUT Q=numbers slightly
Close to 200 hunters put in applications to participate.
27 were randomly selected for each of the six days.
And the hunters can only use muzzleloaders.
Stand up 12:20:20
All Virginia State laws are enforced during this special deer hunt.
But there are some extra safety measures taken.
First of all you have to be at least sixteen- years- old to participate.
And aside from wearing a blaze orange hat... you're also required to wear a
End stand up
Smith Mountain Lake is one of half a dozen state parks allowing a controlled
And it gives sportsmen an opportunity they wouldn't otherwise get.
IN Q=Where we're
((NORMAN CUMBO/HUNTER: WHERE WE'RE FROM, ONLY A QUARTER OF THE COUNTY IS OPEN
SO WE DROVE UP HERE TO KIND OF GET IN ON THE LAST DAY OR TWO OF HUNTING. ))
OUT Q=of hunting
Norman Cumbo and his sons drove five hours from Dickenson County just to
They came away with a 70- pound doe-- one of the biggest kills of the day.
Already, this year's event is being called a success.
But officials say it's still too early to tell if another controlled hunt
will be needed again next year.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Bedford County.))
Roanoke County schools and First Union are teaming up in favor of
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./May 20
The Partners in Parenting program is getting a 6-thousand dollar grant from
the bank's Excellence in Education fund.
The school system will use the money to help pay for seminars on topics
important to parents and teachers.
The program also tries to develop greater community involvement in the
More than 60 schools in 12 states competed for the grants.
Straight ahead on NEWS-7 Primetime-- an update on the winter storms that
have ravaged (----------------)
the Pacific Northwest for days-- now rain and rising temperatures are washing
away the four days of snow and ice...making way for mudslides and flooding.
go to break
The Pacific Northwest is being hit with yet another winter storm-- this
one blamed for at least nine deaths.
The National Guard has been activated, and the snow has stopped falling...
now residents are dealing with rain-- which is creating more problems.
Meg O'Conor reports.
IN Q=It just won't
SUPER=03-Seattle, WA; :03
SUPER=03-British Columbia; :21
SUPER=03-Missoula, MT; :40
SUPER=01-Ron Allred/Casino Owner; :52
SUPER=01-Meg O'Conor/Reporting; 1:20
OUT Q=In Seattle, M.O. CBS News.
It just won't stop in the Pacific Northwest.
First there was the snow which
So much fell that many records were broken.
Now the temperatures are rising just a little bit turning the snow into
Flooding from the melting snow and rain is a big problem and not just in
In Frasier Valley, British Columbia, 15-hundred people were rescued after
spending the weekend trapped.
Homes that were once on solid ground are sliding away in the mud..
((BUILDING INSPECTOR:ITS THE WORST I'VE SEEN IN 30 YEARS ETC. ))
All of the snow that's fallen has accumulated on the roofs of buildings
In Missoula, Montana the only warning the owner of the Lucky
Strike casino says he got before the roof collapsed was a groan from the
RON ALLRED/CASINO OWNER
Snow and heavy rainfall forced the closing of major highways in Washington
In Portland, mudslides sent not only earth toward the highways...but trees
too..which made it impossible for drivers to get by....but if you wanted to
take a chance on foot..there was little anyone could do to stop you.
Forecasters say conditions could get worse before they get better... that's
because rain is expected fall throughout the week, and temperatures are
expected to stay in the 40's...
a combination that could mean serious flooding for the Northwest.
In Seattle, I'm Meg O'Conor, CBS News.))
SUPER=330-Mostly Cloudy/Light Rain/48-52/Partial Clearing/Wind NW-10/55-60;
SUPER=331-Cloudy With/Light Rain/48-52/Clouds Early/Then Clearing/58-60;
SUPER=332-Cloudy Skies/Light Rain/44-48/Mostly Cloudy/Wind NW-10/55-59;
SUPER=333-Mostly Cloudy/Light Rain/44-46/Partial Clearing/Wind N-10/53-56;
SUPER=334-Cloudy Skies/Light Wind/43-45/Cloudy Skies/Wind NW-10/55-60;
We are constantly being reminded of the consequences of osteoporosis.
Yet it's not so easy to find out just how weak or strong your bones are
until it's too late.
Now though, there is an exciting new way to accurately evaluate the health
of your bones.
IN Q= NAT SOUND WITH DR.
SUPER=03-New York; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Marjorie Luckey/Mt. Sinai Hospital; :26 quick
SUPER=01-Aileen Janover/Osteoporosis Patient; :55
OUT Q=bone density was.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
((OKAY, AILEEN, I'M GOING TO HAVE YOU.. ))
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
It's the DEXA machine.
A state of the art device able to measure even very small changes in a
person's bone density.
A narrow beam of x-ray scans through the spine, hips and arms and is precise
enough to detect as little as two percent changes in bone density.
The results help identify osteoporosis before it reaches an advanced stage.
((DR. MARJORIE LUCKEY, MT. SINAI HOSPITAL: WE CAN MEASURE THE AMOUNT OF
BONE IN THE SKELETON VERY ACCURATELY WITH THIS MACHINE. ))
OUT Q=with this machine.
Before this development, the outlook for osteoporosis patients wasn't as
((DR. LUCKEY: OSTEOPOROSIS WAS REALLY ONLY DIAGNOSED AFTER THE BONES BEGAN
TO BREAK. IF WE WAIT UNTIL AFTER THE BONES BREAK TO DIAGNOSE THIS DISEASE
THEN THERE CAN BE DEFORMITY AND PAIN THAT MY NOT GO AWAY WITH TREATMENT.
MRS. JANOVER: I WAS A VERY HEALTHY, ACTIVE PERSON. I HAD NO IDEA I HAD
OSTEOPOROSIS. AND IT WAS THROUGH THE READING OF THIS MACHINE THAT THEY
DISCOVERED HOW VERY LOW MY BONE DENSITY WAS. ))
OUT Q=density was.
And if a bone density test reveals you do have osteoporosis, there are
very effective medications that you can take that actually stop bone loss and
can even increase your bone mass to some degree.
Tonight, for our video of the day feature....a unique view, of a rare art
Whether it's a harvest still life in Nebraska, a pot of sunflowers in
Kansas, a country landscape in Iowa... or even a rural scene in New York
It's the medium of artist Stan Herd.
IN Q=For the first
((STAN HERD/ARTIST: FOR THE FIRST TIME EVERY HISTORICALLY WE HAVE MILLIONS OF
PEOPLE FLYING OVER THE LANDSCAPE, LOOKING DOWN. AT TWO THOUSAND FEET
EVERYTHING LOOKS UNIQUE AND INCREDIBLE SO MOST PEOPLE ARE LOOKING OUR THE
WINDOWS, EVEN THE SEASONED FLYER LOOKS OUT.))
SUPER=01-Stan Herd/Artist; :
OUT Q=seasoned flyer looks out.
For the crop artist, the creative process is a long term, and long-distance
process-- it all begins with a drawing.
And then there's the real work-- the painting, the drafting, and the
And of course, there's the mowing, sometimes acres of it, the weed
whacking, the planting, watering and fertilizing.
Herd is now working on a tribute to Amelia Earhart-- the pilot is a
perennial...Herd's first permanent work.
TOSS TO STEVE
Hokies and Huskers headed and VMI basketball highlights, but we kick off
Primetime sports with
SUPER=04-College Football; :00
Texas tech tailback Byron Hanspard who will give up his senior year of
eligibility for the NFL and the draft. Now the numbers.
wipe to boards
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0096-/New Jersey/86/j/New York/98///j/Charlotte/101//Washington/92///;
SUPER=0098-j/Kansas #1/90//Washburn/65///j/Clemson #6/73//Marshall/57///;
SUPER=0098-j/Radford/64//East Tenn. State/59//Robinson 12 Pts.//Loyola of
go to break
The talk has stopped and now-- it is time for the Hokies and the Huskers
to walk the walk on the Pro Player Stadium field in the Orange Bowl.
Mike Stevens has the final words from today's final news conference in
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :21
SUPER=01-Tom Osborne/Nebraska Head Coach; :56
SUPER=04-November 16; 2:02
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
The Hokies aren't the only state team enjoying Florida. VMI played Florida
SUPER=03-Miami/Keydets vs. Golden Panthers; :00
Suprisingly, VMI had almost as many fans as the Golden Panthers did as a
number of South Florida alumni joined a few from Lexington as the Keydets
looked to muscle their way to their 5th win of the season.
But the Panthers, who came into the game with 4 straight losses, broke bad
early. Jean Derkack goes back door and throws down the two handed slam.
VMI kept forcing the action. Darryl Faulkner dishes to Brent Conley on the
baseline for the reverse lay in.
FIU then went to the perimeter with dedric Taylor, smoking the net with the
three point bomb.
Back comes VMI. Bryan Taug feeds Jason Bell who rings in the lay in but
Florida INT dominates 91-63.
That's it for NEWS-7 Primetime, we'll be back New Year's Day. goodnight.