Coming up on News 7 at Five-
Charges are dropped against a former Virginia Tech athlete.
Bill Cosby admits he had an affair but denies he's the father of the woman
who tried to blackmail him.
Plus Oksana Baiul is in court today.
Scattered areas of frozen precipitation will be light-- before switching
over to rain.
The forecast details ahead.
On Health Check-- the latest on children's health-- from treating R-S-V--
to preventing dehydration, when your child is sick with an stomach upset.
A former Virginia Tech football player will NOT have to stand trial on
charges stemming from a campus brawl last August.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Greg Melvin would have been the first of a group of present and former
players to be tried for the assault of a Tech track team member.
But just before his trial was to get under way, the judge dismissed the
charge at the request of Montgomery County prosecutor Phil Keith.
Keith said the alleged victim, Hilliard Sumner could not pinpoint Melvin as
one of his attackers.
((PHIL KEITH/MONTGOMERY CO. PROSECUTOR: THEREFORE WE FELT IT WOULD BE IN THE
BEST INTEREST OF JUSTICE NOT TO PROSECUTE MR. MELVIN. ))
SUPER=01-Phil Keith/Montgomery Co. Prosecutor;
OUT Q=prosecute Mr. Melvin.
Melvin, a new father, says he just wants to move on with his life.
His lawyer says it was a case of guilt by association--and it's been hard on
Melvin's whole family.
((BEV DAVIS/MELVIN'S LAWYER: THEY'RE ALL DISTRAUGHT OVER IT. THEIR NAME HAS
BEEN SOILED THROUGHOUT ALL THISS. IT WAS ALL UNFORTUNATED, IT WAS GUILT BY
ASSOCIATION AND NOT GUILT BY FACTS OR TRUTH. ))
SUPER=01-Bev Davis/Melvin's Lawyer;
OUT Q=facts or truth.
In a taped conversation with Davis--, the alleged beating victim named
football players Brian Edmonds, Sean Sullivan, Michael Hawkes and Angelo
Harrison as his attackers.
O.J. Simpson's lawyers finished their closing arguments-
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA;
pleading with the jury to cast away tainted evidence and give Simpson his life
The jury could get the case later today-
((LAURIE LEVINSON/LEGAL CONSULTANT: IT'S HARD TO LOOK INTO A CRYSTAL BALL AND
SAY HOW LONG IT'LL TAKE JURORS TO DELIBERATE. I WOULD THINK THEY WOULD AT LEAST
WANT TO TAKE SOME TIME TO GO THROUGH ALL THE EVIDENCE IN THIS CASE AND THAT
COULD TAKE DAYS.))
SUPER=01-Laurie Levinson/Legal Consultant; :04
OUT Q=could take days.
In the criminal case the jury took only three hours to come back with a
In this civil case, only nine out of 12 jurors must agree to reach a
Bill Cosby acknowledges having an affair with the mother of Autumn Jackson-
the woman who allegedly tried to blackmail him.
But Cosby denies he's Jackson's father.
((BILL COSBY/ACTOR: THE WOMAN THAT I HAD A RENDEZVOUS WITH TOLD ME I AM THE
FATHER. ON THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE IT'S NOT MY NAME.))
OUT Q=it's not my name."
Cosby said the woman's mother did not talk to him, did not put his name on
the birth certificate and then months later made an announcement to him.
Cosby went back to work on his TV show today- the first day back since his
son was murdered a week and half ago.
More from Dan Rather's exclusive interview with Cosby tonight on the CBS
A man convicted of assaulting four police officers during an arrest last
year is asking a Roanoke jury to overturn that verdict.
Steven Leftwich and a friend were stopped by a Roanoke police officer who
says he wanted to tell them about their broken tail lights.
The officer says after he found marijuana in the car, he asked Leftwich to
During a scuffle, officer Anthony Forbes says Leftwich tried to grab the his
((ANTHONY FORBES/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: I WAS SCARED. -QUESTION- WHAT WENT
THROUGH YOUR MIND WHEN YOU REALIZED THAT MR. LEFTWICH'S HAND WAS ON YOUR GUN?
THE SAFETY OF THE OTHER OFFICERS AND MYSELF, THE GUN IS LOADED AN NOT TOO MANY
SAFTY DEVICES TO HOLD THAT WEAPON WHERE IT IS.))
SUPER=01-Anthony Forbes/Roanoke Police Officer;
OUT Q=where it is
Several more officers arrived and were able to subdue Leftwich.
But Leftwich's attorney questioned the officers motives for stopping him,
asking one officer, "were you looking for a fight?"
He says Leftwich was the real victim that night.
SOT tape 1 11:34:47
IN Q=9 or 10 other officers
((HAROLD BARNES/DEFENSE ATTORNEY; NINE OR TEN OTHER OFFICERS WERE INVOLVED
WITH BEATING, KICKING, CLUBBING OF MR. LEFTWICH, AS HE LAY ON THE GROUND
SUPER=01-Harold Barnes/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=on the ground defenseless
The defense presents its case tomorrow.
An Amherst County man is in serious condition after he was shot during a
domestic dispute early this morning.
Around 7:15, deputies were called to this trailer on Route 673 near
They found the victim.. 38-year old Edward Lee Miller of Madison Heights..
on the ground suffering from multiple gunshot wounds.
Miller was taken to Lynchburg General Hospital.. his injuries do "not"
The suspect.. 28-year-old Kevin Lewis Epperson of Rustburg... was arrested
at the scene.
IN Q=Yes he was
((CAPT. MIKE HARRIS/CAMPBELL CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: YES, HE WAS STILL ON THE
SCENE AND AGAIN WE SEIZED NUMEROUS ITEMS OF EVIDENCE, TO INCLUDE SOME FIREARMS.
HE WAS CHARGED WITH MALICIOUS WOUNDING AND USE OF A FIREARM IN COMMISSION OF A
SUPER=01-Capt. Mike Harris/Campbell Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :00
OUT Q=commission of a felony.
Epperson is being held without bond, pending a court appearance tomorrow.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on NEWS-7 at FIVE--Is the state song striking a chord with
legislators in Richmond?
But first--Olympic gold medalist Oksana Baiul is on thin ice after facing a
On Health Check-- the results of a major conference on AIDS in Washington.
New theories on drug cocktails-- as well as preventing the spread of AIDS
from mother to infant.
Patrick Evans is checking out the wedding scene...
No, he isn't getting married, but he has some tips for those soon to be
brides and grooms when we come back.
Olympic Skater Oksana Baiul did NOT
SUPER=03-West Hartford, CT;
enter a plea to charges of drunken driving in court today.
Instead, she applied to enter an alcohol education program.
The judge is expected to rule on her request next week.
Successfully completing the program generally leads to dismissal of the
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Millionaire John DuPont was wheeled into court for opening statements in
his murder trial.
His attorney said duPont injured his right knee cap when he fell Friday.
DuPont's lawyers say their client should be found innocent by reason of
insanity- for gunning down Olympic wrestler David Schultz.
Roanoke Gas says rates are on their way down.
The company announced rates should decrease by about six-percent in
February, and possibly more in March.
Freezing temperatures last fall drove the price of natural gas up, causing a
16-percent increase in rates.
IN Q= Natural Gas
((JOHN WILLIAMSON/ROANOKE GAS VICE PRESIDENT: NATURAL GAS PRICES, PROPANE
PRICES, FUEL OIL PRICES, ALMOST ALL THE ENERGY COMMODITIES JUMPED SUBSTANTIALLY
BECAUSE IT WAS SO COLD IN NOVEMBER. NOVEMBER WAS ACTUALLY, IT WAS THE COLDEST
MONTH OF NOVEMBER IN OUR RECORDS, AND WE'VE BEEN KEEPING RECORDS FOR 68
SUPER=01-John Williamson/Roanoke Gas Vice President
OUT Q=68 years.
The company announced the rate decrease at its annual shareholders' meeting.
A bi-partisan compromise to gracefully retire "Carry Me Back to Old
Virginia" as the state song is on the eve of a Senate vote.
Augusta County Republican Emmett Hanger failed in his bid to just change the
most offensive lyrics, and keep the song in place.
IN Q=There is
((SEN. EMMETT HANGER: THERE IS VERY LITTLE THAT WE CAN DO ABOUT HISTORY. THAT
IT WILL CONTINUE TO EXIST. WHAT HAPPENED, HAPPENED. AND CERTAINLY AS WE MOVE
FORWARD WE HAVE TO LIVE WITH OUR HISTORY.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Emmett Hanger/(R) Augusta Co; :00
OUT Q=our history.
Hanger's failed effort means the Senate will now vote on retiring it as the
"state song (E-Meritus) emeritus."
Manassas Senator Chuck Colgan polled Senate pages.
IN Q=I said
((SEN. CHARLES COLGAN: I SAID WELL, DO YOU KNOW ANY OF THE WORDS TO THE SONG?
AND EVERY PAGE SAID NO, WE DON'T KNOW THE WORDS. I SAID IF YOU HEARD IT ON THE
PIANO, WOULD YOU RECOGNIZE IT WITHOUT THE WORDS? AND THEY SAID NO. WE HAVE A
STATE SONG THAT OUR CHILDREN DON'T KNOW AND CAN'T SING.))
((SEN. DICK SASLAW: QUITE FRANKLY WHAT YOU OUGHT TO DO IS REPEAL THE WHOLE
THING AND DON'T WORRY ABOUT EMERITUS, CAUSE IT ISN'T GONNA OFFEND ME IF THIS
SONG GETS REPEALED ENTIRELY.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Charles Colgan/(D) Manassas; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Fairfax; :19
OUT Q=can't sing.
The Senate may vote on the plan tomorrow.
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When planning a wedding there always seems to be a long list of things to
Patrick has found one place where it's virtually one-stop shopping.
(patrick ad lib)
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The month of May is still tops when it comes to having a wedding, but NOW
is the time to plan those spring weddings.
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Patrick Evans joins us today with the story of a new service that allows
you to plan your wedding all in one place.
SUPER=01-Caroline Hammond/"Lady in Waiting";
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health music under
Next on NEWS-7 at Five-- The festivities continue in Green Bay after last
Mike Stevens has that and more sports in tonight's Two Minute Ticker.
Plus on Health Check-- maybe you had a little too much fun this
Superbowl Sunday-- and now your voice is paying for it.
The dangers with over-zealous cheering.
health bump next
The newest agents being used to treat the AIDS virus may have more than one
positive effect on the body.
Scientists announced at the fourth annual conference on Retroviruses held
in Washington over the weekend--
that the combination of drugs now in use not only decreases the amount of AIDS
virus in the body-- but it can also help re-build the immune system.
Also this weekend, they announced five major studies coming up, to help
combat the spread of AIDS from mothers to infants.
The World Health Organization says one-million children around the world
have died from AIDS so far.
And last year, 400-thousand babies caught AIDS from their mothers.
When children are vomiting or have diarrhea- it's crucial to keep them from
Usually, doctors recommend a Pedialyte-type solution, with water, minerals
and carbohydrates to try to restore the lost fluid, and provide calories.
Getting children to take it is a different matter.
But now, you can buy Freezer Pops designed to re-hydrate children, as well
as appeal to their taste buds.
For instance, there's one new product called "Revital-Ice."
In one study, it was preferred over the liquid treatment more than five to
one, and two-thirds of the children who refused to take the liquids, eagerly
took the freezer pops.
R.S.V is a virus that affects almost 100-percent of children under age two.
Most will just get a bad chest cold.
IN Q=Most children will
((DR. JESSIE GROOTHUIS/THE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL: MOST KIDS WILL HAVE HAD RSV BY
THEIR SECOND BIRTHDAY. IF YOU'RE
A HEALTHY CHILD TO BEGIN WITH, ONLY ABOUT ONE IN 200 END UP HOSPITALIZED.
THAT'S WHY PEOPLE DON'T THINK MUCH ABOUT IT. THESE ARE BABIES WHO GET A BAD
COLD - MAYBE A LITTLE WHEEZING BUT THEY CAME THROUGH IT AFTER A FEW DAYS. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Jessie Groothuis/The Children's Hospital
OUT Q=a few days.
But others, especially those born prematurely, risk hospitalization and
death from R.S.V.
Now, there's a new therapy, using respigam, a product recently approved by
the F-D-A to prevent R-S-V.
A Respigam I-V can provide antibodies against R-S-V that premature babies
didn't get, because they were born too early.
((PRETERM INFANTS ARE BORN WITHOUT MATERNAL ANTI-BODIES. THEY HAVE NO
PASSIVE PROTECTION. YOU GET MORE MATERNAL ANTI-BODIES IN THE LAST 3 MONTHS OF
PREGNANCY AND SINCE MOST OF THESE KIDS ARE BORN THREE MONTHS PREMATURELY AND
HAVE NOTHING TO PROTECT THEM.))
OUT Q=to protect them.
For selected patients, respigam is given every month, through the winter
season-- when R-S-V is most common.
The product is not cheap.
A single I-V can cost as much as two-thousand dollars-- though insurance
usually covers the cost, since the typical hospital stay is usually 75-thousand
In the midst of the Superbowl post-mortem-- time now to ponder this:
"What's a football game without a good loud crowd?"
It's not just the players risking injury.
Fans should also beware.
Game after game of constant yelling and cheering can take it's toll...even
causing permanent damage.
IN Q=There's really
((TERRY TREMAN/SPEECH PATHOLOGIST: THERE'S REALLY A GREAT DEAL OF DAMAGE THAT
OCCURS TO THE TISSUE IN THE THROAT. MANY PEOPLE DON'T REALIZE THAT YOU HAVE
TISSUE IN HERE, MUSCLES WORKING, AND IF YOU SLAM THEM TOGETHER LIKE THAT FOR
THREE STRAIGHT HOURS YOU ARE GOING TO CAUSE SOME DAMAGE.))
SUPER=01-Terry Treman/Speech Pathologist; :
OUT Q=some damage.
This professional speaker learned the hard way about Football Fan
But now he's found some tips for the next game.
IN Q=You cannot
((DAVID SELLS/FOOTBALL FAN: YOU CANNOT GO TO A GAME WITHOUT MAKING NOISE. BUT
AT LEAST I'VE GOT TWO THINGS-- I AM DRINKING MORE WATER, ESPECIALLY THE FOURTH
QUARTER WHEN THEY DON'T SELL BEER. AND THEN I ALWAYS MAKE SURE TO TAKE IT
EASIER AND DON'T SCHEDULE ANYTHING FOR THE NEXT DAY OR TWO. ))
SUPER=01-David Sells/Football Fan; :
OUT Q=day or two.
And if your cheering voice doesn't clear up the week after the game, give
your doctor a call.
While we're talking about the superbowl-- fans in Green Bay say yesterday's
win was long overdue...
The team and the fans are celebrating in grand style...here's Mike.
Good evening everybody, welcome to another work week and the Monday two
minute sports ticker.
Let's begin tonight with a little super bowl news.
For starters the Packers are back home.
SUPER=03-Green Bay; :00
The Pack touched down in Green this morning right in the middle of a big snow
storm and in the middle of a bunch of Packers' fans.
Schools and most businesses were closed today as the city declared it a
Also, in Milwaukee the Miller Brewing company was busy cranking out
commemorative Miller Lite cans recognizing the Packers Super Bowl win.
The company says they will be on store shelfs by weeks end.
Also, a number of Packer fans joined MVP Desmond Howard in the making of this
year's Disney commercial.
IN Q=AUDIO FULL
SUPER=04-Disney Commercial; :00
OUT Q=...FREEZES ON CASTLE."
SUPER=03-New Orleans/Last Night; :00
While tinkerbell was turning the castle Green and Gold the Patriots were
licking their wounds, but not hanging their heads.
IN Q="I thought we...
((CHRIS SLADE/PATRIOTS LINEBACKER:))
SUPER=01-Chris Slade/Patriots Linebacker; :00
OUT Q=...the same thing."
The sleet and freezing rain has made itself at home in the Roanoke Valley
tonight, but they don't have enough of it inside the Roanoke Civic Center.
As a result the Express is being forced to move tomorrow's night game with
Knoxville to Wednesday night.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 20, 1994;
a mechanical problem with the Civic Center's refrigeration system, similar to
the one experienced back in October of 1994 when a gasket interrupted ice
making is causing a few headaches.
Civic Center officials say the ice that was in place over the weekend lacked
the key ingredient known as glycol.
The bad ice was removed early Sunday morning, the system has been repaired
and new ice is being made at this hour.
Despite the ice on the roads in some area college basketball is on for
VMI hosts Marshall at Cameron Hall at seven.
And Ferrum is home tonight against Chowan.
SS=two minute ticker
I'll have more sports for you coming up at six, until then have a safe night
everybody. Jean will be back right after this short break.
take a break
Finally tonight-- you haven't heard the last of Richard Jewell-- in fact
you'll be able to hear and see more of him.
SUPER=03-Atlanta/July 27, 1996;
The Olympic security guard initially suspected of planting the bomb at the
1996 summer games is reportedly close to selling the movie rights to his story.
"Daily Variety" reports three studios have tried to buy Richard Jewell's
story for at least 500-thousand dollars.
Jewell is apparently leaning toward Fox, instead of offers from Tri-Star and
(toss to ROBIN)
(ROBIN tosses to Jean)
That's it for 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.