News 7 at five is next-
A shooting inside a Henry County furniture plant. This man is accused of
firing at his girlfriend.
Snow, Freezing Rain and sleet- The region's seen it all the past 24 hours.
We'll check outside with Len Besthoff.
The freezing rain is moving out but winter weather remains. Cold air and
occasional snow showers top the forecast this evening.
On Health Check--
Lawmakers are pressing for new rules to protect children and smaller adults
from being injured by air bags.
Also from the Capital, the Department of Defense is on the hot seat-- as
Senate hearings begin on Gulf War Illness.
A man with a sawed off shot gun allegedly shoots and wounds his girlfriend
inside a Henry County furniture plant.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
It happened this morning at the "Bassett Superior Lines" plant where both
the victim and suspect worked.
Authorities say 35-year old Timothy Dexter Walton apparently left his work
area shortly before the shooting.
Sheriff's officials say minutes later Walton fired two shots in the
direction of 37-year old Susie Penn.
She was taken into surgery this afternoon.
No one else was injured.
Authorities say the incident could have been worse because other employees
were also in the room.
((LT. KIMMY NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.:THERE WAS A BRIEF PERIOD OF TIME
WHERE THE GENTLEMAN WAS HERE AND WAS NOT IN CUSTODY BUT SHORTLY AFTER ARRIVAL
OF THE OFFICERS, THEY FOUND HIM WITHIN THE BUILDING, HE WAS TAKEN INTO CUSTODY,
UNARMED, THE WEAPON HAD BEEN DISCARDED ALONG THE WAY, AND HE WAS TAKEN INTO
CUSTODY WITHOUT INCIDENT. ))
SUPER=01-Lt. Kimmy Nester/Henry Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=without incident.
Investigators are still piecing together what happened but belive Penn may
have been trying to end their relationship.
Walton is being held in the Henry County jail.
The first winter storm of 1997 was missing one thing- the huge amounts of
snow we've seen in previous years.
But this precip had its own special set of challenges.
double boxes Len/Jean
Len Besthoff is out braving this winter weather- Len, I understand that
depending on where you live you had a little ice to deal with today.
Jean this was anything but a clear cut snowstorm.
Not just snow, but a wintry mix that leaves people wondering, am I driving
on a big patch of ice?
SUPER=01-Robert Christian/Professional Auto Towing;
SUPER=03-Floyd Co.; (QUICK!)
SUPER=01-Doug Young/Danville Emergency Services Dir.;
OUT Q=the other side.
IN Q=Business has
((Business has been good? ROBERT CHRISTIAN/PROFESSIONAL AUTO TOWING: OH YEAH,
YEAH, YEAH...IT'S ALWAYS GOOD WHEN IT SNOWS. EVERYTHING BREAKS DOWN WHEN THE
WEATHER GETS BAD.))
OUT Q=gets bad.
Tow truck driver Robert Christian says a bigger storm would have brought
more stranded drivers but he's not complaining.
Just minutes after clearing one wipeout on I-81 in Salem, another one took
place not even a quarter mile away.
Meanwhile in the New River Valley there was a little more slush on the roads
plus the added challenge of thick patches of fog.
SOT tape 2 tot 00:19:03
OUT Q=at this time.
And if you think power outages are out of the question, think again.
These shots along route 221 suggest at least the potential for a few downed
A number of more urban areas are faring better.
The past few harsh winters have left Roanoke crews better prepared, and
Danville says it was spared from the brunt of this storm.
SOT tape 96-91 00:53:11
IN Q=But we
OUT Q=the other side.
(Len Ad lib)
As Len said, the roads will become slick as the temperatures drop, so some
schools have cancelled night classes.
Others are throwing in the towel for tomorrow-- here's the latest list.
dissolve to School watch
(toss to robin)
Winter weather is also bearing down on other parts of the nation.
SUPER=03-Sioux Falls, SD;
Heavy snow is falling on the Dakotas- with bitter cold air.
Temperatures are expected to drop to 20 below zero by tomorrow with wind
chills as low as 60 below.
Blowing snow is a big problem-
Take a look at this- It's called a White Out- snow blowing so hard it reduces
visibility on the roads.
Many highways are closed- South Dakota's Governor prohibited travel in some
areas claiming its too treacherous to send out rescue teams.
A higher priority- getting food and medicine to the elderly and shut ins.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Coming up-- Ellen Qualls has a live report from Richmond as the General
Assembly gets down to business.
And Operation Crackdown did just that on Central Virginia last night-- as
the drug roundup nets seveal arrests.
On Health Check-- the latest findings connecting abortion and breast cancer
should ease the fears of many women.
But the research is of course, controversial.
Still ahead-- the Two Minute Ticker is traveling along the NASCAR media
Mike Stevens has the story when we come back.
Snow wasn't the only thing to fall on Bedford County last night, as
"Operation Crackdown" rained down on dozens of suspected drug dealers.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co./Last Night;
The roundup was the culmination of six months of undercover work targeting
the county's middle and upper-level drug dealers.
Arrest teams from Bedford, Lynchburg, the A-B-C board and the D-E-A hit
several areas around the county, making two dozen arrests.
Sheriff Mike Brown says the drug problem extends beyond the county lines.
IN Q=We've connected these
((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: WE'VE CONNECTED THESE 41 WITH LOCATIONS
THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES, INCLUDING NEW YORK, NEW ORLEANS, WASHINGTON D.C.,
MIAMI, NEW JERSEY AND JAMAICA. IN ONE INSTANCE WE HAD A MOTHER COME IN WITH AN
INFANT TO CONDUCT A DRUG DEAL, ANOTHER INSTANCE WE HAVE A JANITOR OF AN
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WHO WE HAVE ARRESTED TONIGHT.))
SUPER=01-Mike Brown/Bedford Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=have arrested tonight.
In addition to the arrests, police also seized small amounts of cocaine and
Eight suspects are still at large.
After over 10 million dollars and years of legal maneuvering, Virginia
Military Institute lost its fight to preserve single sex education.
The 1997 General Assembly today renewed the debate.
DOUBLE BOX Jean/Ellen
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What's being proposed?
But that didn't stop a passionate 10 minute floor speech from a northern
Virginia Senator who's only lived in Virginia for four years.
IN Q=It's fought
SUPER=01-Sen. Warren Barry/(R) Fairfax; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Janet Howell/(D) Reston; :34
((SEN. WARREN BARRY/R-FAIRFAX: IT'S FOUGHT IN A COURTROOM BY A HANDFUL OF
ATTORNEYS. AND THEN DECIDED BY ATTORNEYS WHO HAVE BEEN ELEVATED INTO A
JUDGESHIP. AND YET, LIKE IN THIS CASE, THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA WHO BUILT THIS
INSTITUTION 157 YEARS AGO, AND HAVE SUPPORTED IT DURING THIS PERIOD OF TIME
WERE NEVER ASKED ON ONE OCCASION WHAT THEIR FEELINGS WERE IN THE MATTER. NOR
WERE THEIR REPRESENTATIVES.))
VMI Board Chairman Bill Berry and attorney Jim Roberts were in the gallery
for Barry's speech -- and the one response it prompted.
Janet Howell says the Supreme Court decision brought her joy.
((SEN. JANET HOWELL/D-RESTON: IT SEEMS TO ME THAT WHAT HAS HAPPENED UP TO THIS
POINT IS IN FINEST TRADITIONS OF VIRGINIA, AND THE FINEST TRADITIONS OF VMI,
AND THE FINEST TRADITION OF LEGAL EXPERIENCE IN THIS COUNTRY.))
I spoke with Senator Barry after the floor session.
He said at first he was just "venting his spleen," but then, that he was
laying the groundwork for a legislative response to the U.S. Justice
He didn't elaborate on what that meant.
Q&A=Is the money needed for retro-fitting the facilities for women in jeopardy?
Probably not. Governor Allen has earmarked five million dollars from a
discretionary fund that's NOT likely to be questioned by lawmakers.
More students are paying back their college loans.
President Clinton says the loan default rate is the lowest in the history
of America falling below eleven percent.
With that he proposed a 15 hundred dollar a year tax deduction for college
((THE HOPE SCHOLARSHIP TAX CUTS WILL MAKE COLLEGE AFFORDABLE FOR EVERY PERSON
IN THIS COUNTRY WILLING TO WORK FOR IT, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU COUPLE THAT WITH
THE AVAILABILITY OF LOANS AND WORK STUDIES.))
OUT Q=AND WORK STUDIES."
Clinton says America needs tax cuts to help America pay for college.
Next on News-7 at Five-- Ol' Blue Eyes is hospitalized again-
but Frank Sinatra's doctors say his prognosis is good-- the story when we come
stocks bump next
Singer Frank Sinatra is back in the hospital after suffering a heart attack.
SUPER=03-Beverly Hills, CA;
Doctors aren't saying much about his condition except that his prognosis is
Paramedics brought the 81 year old to Cedars Sinai Hospital this morning.
A spokewoman says it appears Sinatra had an uncomplicated heart attack and
is undergoing testing and treatment.
A source says he's in a regular patient room, not intensive care.
It was two months ago Sinatra was hospitalized for mild pneumonia.
3-shot toss to wx
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SUPER=331-Winter Wx Advisory/Freezing Drizzle/30-32/Afternoon Clouds/Wind
SUPER=332-Cloudy Skies/Occasional Flurries/24-26/Partly Cloudy/Snow Shower
SUPER=333-Winter Wx Advisory/Cloudy Skies/20-25/Cloudy Skies/Snow
SUPER=334-Cloudy Skies/Flurries Likely/20-24/Snow Showers/2-3''
health music under
Still to come-- Mike Stevens talks to Rick Mast for tonight's report along
the NASCAR media tour.
On Health Check-- potential dangers with halogen lamps.
While they can be used safely-- the results can be tragic if they come
into contact with clothes, towels, or draperies.
IN Q=They were
((THEY WERE GOOD LAMPS FOR THE MONEY THEY COST, THEY LOOK NICE IN OUR
APARTMENT. WE NEVER THOUGH THEY WOULD BURN OUR HOUSE DOWN. ))
OUT Q=house down.
health bump next
A senate panel today began looking into ways to make airbags safer.
Auto makers are arguing that air bags kill children because of government
rules-- since the bags must have enough power to protect an adult man who isn't
wearing a seat belt.
They say, that much force can be deadly to a child.
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :
Also today, a top safety official denies Washington is dragging its feet on
preventing children's deaths from air bags.
IN Q=That's the
((DR. RICARDO MARTINEZ/NATIONAL HIGHWAY TRAFFIC SAFETY ADMINISTRATION: THAT'S
THE ISSUE HERE IS THAT YOU ARE TALKING ABOUT A TECHNOLOGICAL SOLUTION THAT
TAKES TIME AND TAKES LONGER, VERSUS EDUCATIONAL SOLUTIONS, SO WE HAVE COMBINED
TO DO BOTH. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Ricardo Martinez/Nat'l. Highway Traffic Safety Admin.; :
OUT Q=combined to do both.
Fast-opening air bags are blamed for the deaths of 32 children and 20
adults-- most of them smaller women-- in low-speed accidents.
GRAPHIC=gulf war syndrome
The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee is adopting a take-no-prisoners
approach on Gulf War illnesses.
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
The committee held the first of what could be many hearings on the issue.
And there's been strong criticism of several agencies-- as some studies
have found that troops deployed to the gulf were three times as likely to
suffer fatigue, skin rashes, joint pain, headaches, stomach upset-- and other
IN Q=Research conducted
(( SEN. JAY ROCKEFELLER/(D)-WEST VIRGINIA: SOME CONTINUE TO INSIST THAT SINCE
THESE ILLNESSES DID NOT RESULT IN LENGTHY HOSPITALIZATION OR DEATH THAT SOMEHOW
THEY ARE NOT WORTHY OF ATTENTION. ))
SUPER=01-Sen. Jay Rockefeller/(D) West Virginia
OUT Q=worthy of attention.
The committee wants to know why the military waited five years to make
public-- information about chemical weapons exposure.
It also wants the personal logs of retired General Norman Schwarzkopf as
it probes Gulf War illnesses.
The risk of breast cancer is not any higher among women who have had
abortions according to a study in today's New England Journal of Medicine.
Earlier controversial studies suggested that abortion increased breast
cancer risk by 30 percent.
IN Q=This study
((DR. WILLIAM LEDGER/CORNELL MEDICAL CENTER: THIS STUDY SHOWS VERY CLEARLY THAT
THERE'S NOT A DIRECT CORRELATION BETWEEN A PREGNANCY TERMINATION AND
AN INCREASE RISK IN BREAST CANCER. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. William Ledger/Cornell Medical Center; :
OUT Q=in breast cancer.
The study did find that a small number of women who had LATER abortions
had a greater risk of getting breast cancer-- but researchers don't know the
In the study, Danish researchers tracked more than 280-thousand women.
Still though, at least one scientist here believes the Danish researchers
manipulated their data to mislead the public.
Debate is likely to continue-- when abortion is involved it may be
difficult to separate politics and science.
You may have heard about the recent warnings involving halogen lamps.
35-to-40 million bulbs have been sold in this country because they offer a
brighter, energy-saving form of light.
But halogen bulbs have caused 100 fires, 20 injuries, and 10 deaths since
Fires can start when the bulbs come into contact with clothes, towels or
IN Q=It can burn
((ANN BROWN/ CHAIRMAN CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION: IT CAN BURN UP TO
TEMPERATURES OF 1200 DEGREES AND WHEN THIS BULB COMES INTO CONTACT
WITH ANY KIND OF MATERIAL...BOOM...IT CAUSES FIRE AND IT CAUSES IT QUICKLY.))
SUPER=01-Ann Brown/Consumer Product Safety Commission; :
OUT Q=causes it quickly.
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Just this week, a massive blaze destroyed jazz musician Lionel Hampton's
Manhattan apartment-- caused by a halogen lamp that fell over.
IN Q=I have a drum
((I HAVE A DRUM SET IN MY BEDROOM AND THEY COMPLETELY DISAPPEARED. ))
SUPER=01-Lionel Hampton/Musician; :
OUT Q=completely disappeared.
And it happened at Windsor Castle-- when fire gutted a portion of the 900
year old landmark-- the theory is a halogen bulb ignited a curtain.
Across the U-S, many colleges have banned halogen bulbs in their
Used properly, these bulbs can be safe.
But to reduce their risk, starting next month-- all halogen lamps must be
manufactured with a shield...to prevent even accidental contact between the
bulb and any fabric.
The snow and ice missed the Charlotte area overnight, so the NASCAR media
tour rolled on throughout the Tar Heel State.
Tonight Mike Stevens checks in with Rick Mast at his new racing shop in
Mooresville, North Carolina, as the 1997 season draws closer.
SUPER=@Mike1; left :00
SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Remington Ford Driver; :14
SUPER=03-Mooresville, NC; :23
OUT Q=help you Patrick, ha ha.
GO TO BREAK!
A Delta commuter plane crashed near Detroit this afternoon, killing everyone
The plane crashed and burned in a snowy field near the town of Monroe, south
Authorities are saying it appears there were no survivors.
Aerial views of the crash show blackened wreckage strewn across a field.
The plane was on its way from Detroit to Toledo, Ohio.
The F-A-A says it carried 25 passengers and a crew of three.
Sometimes it gets hot and steamy on soap operas, but there was too much
heat in the New York building where the "Guiding Light" is taped.
The CBS soap was taping its 60th anniversary special when a a small fire
started on the second floor of the building.
The "Guiding Light" studio is on the sixth floor.
No one was hurt in the fire--in the building on New York's East Side.
Actors were taping a ballroom scene when the fire broke out.
IN Q=they just
((THEY JUST EVACUATED THE WHOLE BUILDING FOR ABOUT AN HOUR. BUT THE ENTIRE
CAST WAS OUT THERE ON THE STREET, SO IF THERE WERE ANY GUIDING LIGHT FANS THEY
HAD A BALL. TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE WE WERE ALL DRESSED IN BALL GOWNS AND
TUXEDOS STANDING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET WAITING TO SEE IF WE COULD FINISH
THIS OR NOT. ))
OUT Q=finish this or not.
more ballroom stuff
Apparently they expect to finish it.
The 60th anniversary show is scheduled to air on Your Hometown Station the
week of January 20th.
That's it for us on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
join Connie Stevens for the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7
Primetime-- tonight at 10 on WEFC.
Thanks for watching-- Goodnight