NEWS-7 at FIVE is straight ahead--
a Roanoke jury upholds a lower court conviction, rejecting one man's claim that
police officers attacked him.
What's O-J Simpson's net worth-- that's the judge's question while the jury
And the latest on Girl Scout Cookies-- you might notice some changes.
The threat of snow accumulation has passed, but the clouds are still on the
The complete forecast ahead.
The former commander in the Persian Gulf insists there's no
evidence U-S troops were exposed to chemical weapons.
The latest on gulf war illnesses, coming up on Health Check.
Stick around-- News-7 at Five is next.
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IN Q=we the jury
((WE THE JURY UNANIMOUSLY FIND THE DEFENDANT STEVEN LAVONNE LEFTWICH GUILTY OF
ASSAULT AND BATTERY))
OUT Q=assault and battery
A Roanoke jury upholds a lower court conviction, rejecting Leftwich's claim
that police officers attacked him.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Connie Stevens.
The jury had to decide who was telling the truth.
Steven Leftwich said police attacked him for no reason during a traffic
stop, beating him senseless on the ground.
But police say Leftwich was trying to pull out an officer's gun from the
The jury found Leftwich guilty on all four counts.
Afterwards, Leftwich said he stands by his story.
SOT 12:21:08 LEFTWICH POST TAPE
IN Q=I still know the
((STEVEN LEFTWICH/DEFENDANT; I STILL KNOW THE TRUTH, INNOCENT, I RESPECT THE
JURY, THEY WERE UNDER TREMENDOUS PRESSURE TO GO AGAINST THE WHOLE ROANOKE CITY,
AND IT WAS HARD FOR THEM. BUT I RESPECT THEIR DECISION, AND GOD BLESS 'EM AND
THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY.
12:17:42 LEFTWICH POST TAPE
ANN GARDNER/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; IT WAS AN ISSUE FOR THE PEOPLE TO
DECIDE, THEY HEARD THE EVIDENCE AND THEY MADE THEIR DECISION AND THAT IS THE
REASON WE FEEL GOOD ABOUT IT.))
OUT Q=feel good about it
The jury reccommended a 30 day sentence on each assault charge.
Leftwich will be officially sentenced by the judge in April.
After spending four months in jail charged with the murder of Willie Goins
of Galax, Charles Howard walked free today.
Howard was charged after his half- sister allegedly told police he admitted
killing the elderly man and asked her to help him get out of town.
But on the witness stand, Scotty Austin said she wasn't clear WHAT her
brother had said.
With no other evidence, the judge dismissed the charge.
((GREG GOAD/CARROLL CO. PROSECUTOR: MS. AUSTIN ADVISED THAT THE DEFENDANT HAD
SAID THAT MR. GOINS HAD CURSED HIM AND HE GOT MAD AND COMMITTED THE CRIME. SO
THERE WAS AN ACTUAL ADMISSION BY HER ORIGINAL STATEMENT THAT HE PARTICIPATED IN
OUT Q=participated in it.
The defense claims Charles Howard made up the story as a ploy to get bus
tickets for him and his wife to leave town.
The judge DID certify murder charges against Tisha (TEE-shuh) Howard.
Police say she admitted stabbing Goins while high on a drug-laced cigarette.
In a Santa Monica courthouse, the jury in the O.J. Simpson civil trial is in
it's first full day of deliberations-- after getting the case at the end of the
SUPER=03-Santa Monica, CA; :
Simpson's defense lawyers must hand over updated financial information on
their client by day's end.
The information will be needed if the jury finds for the plaintiffs in the
wrongful death case.
Unlike the criminal trial, it takes only nine of the 12 jurors to reach a
But a mistrial is also a possibility, if FEWER than nine of the jurors can
Parental notification for minor abortions has the green light it's needed
for years in Virginia.
Abortion rights activists fought it... but for the first time in over a
decade, the bill was assigned to a friendly committee.
SOT tape one 14:51:26
IN Q=A woman
((A WOMAN FROM BEDFORD... SIGNING A PETITION.))
SUPER=01-Karen Rashke/Va. Planned Parenthood;
OUT Q=a petition.
Despite the opposition, the Senate Courts of Justice committee approved the
notification bill on a ten to five vote.
SOT 14:49:13 TAPE ONE
IN Q=The church
((THE CHURCH BELIEVES...THEIR CHILDREN.))
SUPER=01-Steve Colecchi/Va. Catholic Diocese;
OUT Q=their children.
The House of Delegates has passed parental notification in the past.
The full Senate appears likely to approve this bill.
Governor Allen says he'll sign it.
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Here's what's next on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- the Governor pays a visit to
Lynchburg's Ericcson plant--
And internet provider America Online settles complaints in many states, as
subscribers deal with busy signals when trying to log on.
On Health Check-- no more flu shots? California researchers say
they've found a new compound that may be able cure influenza.
It's all coming up right after this break.
Good news today for Lynchburg-based Ericsson Incorporated.
Governor George Allen was on hand as Ericsson announced a 33-million dollar
deal to build radio dispatching equipment for the Korean National Police.
The groundwork for the contract was laid out during the governor's Far East
trade mission in 1996.
Allen says he stressed to the Koreans that the Ericsson radios would actually
be built in Lynchburg.
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN ))
OUT Q=OBLIGATION OF RECIPROCITY.
The contract will NOT create any new jobs at the Lynchburg facility.
The three railroads involved in a bidding war for Conrail will hold their
much- anticipated pow- wow to try to settle their differences this week.
After a meeting with analysts in New York, Norfolk Southern chief executive
David Goode confirmed that yes, indeed, a time and place where N-S, C-S-X and
Conrail will meet-- has been set.
IN Q=We're going
((DAVID GOODE/NS CEO: WE'RE GOING TO MEET ON FRIDAY. I'M GOING TO BE THERE,
READY TO NEGOTIATE, OPTIMISTICALLY, AND PREPARED TO MEET A FAIR SOLUTION.))
SUPER=01-David Goode/Norfolk Southern CEO;
OUT Q=fair solution.
Goode would not reveal where the railroads will meet.
For more than four months N-S and C-S-X have battled for control of Conrail.
Conrail is the dominant railroad in the northeast.
N-S and C-S-X are based in Virginia.
N-S has roughly 35- hundred employees in our area.
American Online has agreed to refund frustrated customers up to two months
worth of the costs of the online service.
The proposed settlement will avoid a consumer fraud suit threatened by
attorneys general in dozens of states-- including Virginia.
A-O-L's circuits have been jammed since it offered an unlimited online
access plan for 19-95 a month.
The computer service will also put a disclaimer in ads to warn about busy
A-O-L has also agreed to make it easier for people to cancel the service.
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If you are a fan of Thin Mints, Tag-A-longs or Dosi-dos (doughs) then you'll
need to learn the latest Girl Scout Cookie lingo.
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Over the years, a lot has changed within the Girl Scout organization--
including even the cookies this year.
Patrick Evans tells us more about those changes, as illustrated by a new
exhibit at the Roanoke Valley History Museum.
SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=01-Janet Graves/Long-Time Girl Scout; 41
SUPER=01-Tia Morrison/Girl Scout; 1:06
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Next on NEWS-7 at Five Mike Stevens has some unwelcome news concerning the
But first-- When diagnosed with breast cancer, black women are more than
more likely to die than white women....because their cancer is often found
On Health Check, we'll feature an innovative new way, to try to instill in
women the importance of breast cancer education.
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Retired General Norman Schwarzkopf is insisting there's no evidence that
U-S troops were exposed to chemical weapons.
Schwarzkopf spoke before a Senate committee in Washington today--
IN Q=I never
((RETIRED GENERAL NORMAL SCHWARZKOPF: I NEVER RECEIVED BEFORE DURING OR AFTER
HOSTILITIES ANY REPORT OF IRAQI USE OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS. NOR THE DISCOVERY OF
OR DESTRUCTION OF IRAQI CHEMICAL WEAPONS. I FEEL ASSURED THAT HAD SUCH EVENTS
KNOWINGLY OCCURRED, I WOULD HAVE RECEIVED REPORTS, SINCE THIS WAS THE HIGHEST
INTELLIGENCE PRIORITY IN MY COMMAND. ))
SUPER=01-Norman Schwarzkopf/Retired General; :
OUT Q=in my command.
Schwarzkopf says in every case alarms that went off there were false.
And he says no one ever showed any symptoms of exposure.
Groundbreaking in Salem today for another type of care for the elderly.
Ridgewood Gardens is an Assisted Living Residence.
Plans include 74 individual residences, plus community dining, housekeeping
and activities services.
IN Q=It's a residence
((FRANK PECK/RIDGEWOOD GARDENS MANAGER: IT'S A RESIDENCE WHICH WILL PROVIDE
SOME SUPPORT, SUPPORT SERVICES THAT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO OUR RESIDENTS TO
ASSIST THEM IN LIVING AS INDEPENDENTLY AS POSSIBLE FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE))
SUPER=01-Frank Peck/Ridgewood Gardens Manager; :
OUT Q=long as possible.
The 52-thousand square-foot structure will house facilities ranging from
physical therapy, to an ice cream parlor.
But planners also say the LOCATION is a big factor.
IN Q=We are right
((WE ARE RIGHT SMACK IN THE MIDDLE OF THREE JURISDICTIONS THAT HAVE A NEED FOR
THIS TYPE OF SERVICE))
OUT Q=type of service.
Ridgewood Gardens is slated to open next January.
Human tests will soon begin on a chemical compound that may not just
treat-- but PREVENT-- the flu.
Researchers at California's Gilead Sciences say they've already found it
cures influenza in lab animals.
IN Q=When this compound
((NORBERT BISCHOFBERGER/GILEAD SCIENCES: WHEN THIS COMPOUND WAS GIVEN TO
INFECTED FERRETS, THE SYMPTOMS RESOLVED WITHIN A DAY. ))
SUPER=01-Norbert Bischofberger/Gilead Sciences; :
OUT Q=within a day.
It's also given orally-- making it easier for patients to take.
Influenza viruses have an enzyme on their surface that acts like a glue,
attaching them to cells to produce more flu virus.
This new drug blocks that enzyme so the flu viruses can't attach to the
IN Q=If you block
((IF YOU BLOCK THIS ENZYME WITH THIS COMPOUND,THE VIRUS IS BASICALLY
OUT Q=basically crippled.
Testing could take a few years, so it may be a while before the F-D-A
reviews the compound--
Triplets and other multiple births are on the rise in this country.
The National Center for Health Statistics says the number of multiple
births has more than quadrupled in the past two decades.
The reason-- more women in their thirties are having babies and they tend
to use more fertility drugs than younger women.
In 1994 there were over four-thousand triplets, 315 quadruplets, and 46
quintuplets or greater born in the U.S.
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U-S support for international family planning programs has dramatically
dropped-- as a result of pressure from anti-abortion groups-- that's according
to a report put out by the Rockefeller Foundation.
Congress cut funding by 35 percent last year and no money will be spent
until July first-- unless a resolution passes next month.
The United Nations says-- as a result of family planning programs-- there
would be 500 million fewer people in the world by the year 2050.
GRAPHIC=breast cancer awareness
Finally, the beauty salon may be the best place to talk about the
importance of breast cancer screening.
The results of a pilot program in San Diego aimed at black women has lead
to the first clinical trial to measure the effectiveness of the beauty parlor
as a health resource.
Beauticians are being trained to discuss with their clients breast self
exam, mammography, and the importance of a healthy lifestyle
IN Q=You'd be
((TESSIE BONNER/BEAUTICIAN & STUDY PARTICIPANT: YOU'D BE SURPRISED THE WOMEN
THAT REALLY DIDN'T KNOW HOW TO DO SELF-EXAM ON THEIR BREASTS CORRECTLY, BUT
WITH THE MODEL THAT WE HAVE IN THE SALON WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SHOW THEM AND
IT'S AMAZING. ))
SUPER=01-Tessie Bonner/Beautician & Study Participant; :
OUT Q=it's amazing.
While black women are diagnosed with breast cancer at about the same rate
as white women, they are 50-percent more likely to die, because their cancer is
typically not found as early.
If this project is successful, it could be used as a national model,
Turning now to Sports--The ROanoke Express will have to play without one of
its starters--- Mike has the latest in tonight's Ticker.
GRAPHIC=2 minute ticker
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your Wednesday ticker. We have Hometown
Hoops for you, but first some breaking news from the hard water.
The Express will play Knoxville at the Round House tonight without its number
1 goalie. Frank Anzalone will rest number one goalie Dave Gagnon and his
injured left shoulder. Back up Larry Moberg will start in goal.
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=do a great job"
GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops Weekly
Pulaski County, Staunton River, Jefferson Forest, Parry McCluer, William
Byrd and Rockbridge make up this Wednesday's Hometown Hoops Weekly. Here's
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Cougars vs. Colonels; :14
SUPER=01-Pat Burns/Pulaski Head Coach; :23(QUICK)
SUPER=03-Buchanan/Fighting Blues vs. Knights; :27
SUPER=01-Nelson Fox/Parry McCluer Head Coach; :35
SUPER=01-Mikey Clark/Played on 93-94 Team; :52
SUPER=01-Chip Coleman/Fighting Blues Point Guard; 1:00(QUICK)
SUPER=03-Moneta/Cavaliers vs. Golden Eagles; 1:21
SUPER=01-Win Hunter/Jefferson Forest Guard; 1:26(QUICK)
SUPER=03-Vinton/Wildcats vs. Terriers; 1:42
SUPER=01-Paul Barnard/William Byrd Head Coach; 1:49
OUT Q=..Hometown Hoops weekly"
((With only 1 senior and five sophomores, Coach Burns Cougars are 8-7 in the
In single A, Parry McCluer is ranked # 2 in the state under a basketball Fox
who finds ways to win.
Every Fighting Blues player is averaging under 14 points a game a stat that
is is drawing comparisons to the 1993-94 state championship runner up team.
Jefferson Forest is third in the Seminole District at 5 and 3 under Jim
Steve Farquhar's Staunton River Golden Eagles are 6 and 10 overall and 3 and
5 in district play in his first year, but are holding teams to around 50 points
William Byrd is 8 and 1 in the district, 12 and 4 overall, good enough for
the state's 10th ranking.
Rockbridge is much better than it's 3 and 10 record. First year coach Weenie
Miller's Wildcats lead Byrd 30-21 at the half before losing by 7 last night.
Steve Mason Hometown Hoops Weekly.))
Remember when anchorman Dan Rather was knocked to the ground and kicked
after a mugger asked him "What's the Frequency Kenneth?" -- ten-years later,
Rather has identified the man.
SUPER=03-New York/File Tape;
Rather says he recognized William Tager (TA-gur) when he was shown a picture
by a psychiatrist who treated Tager.
SUPER=03-New York/August 31, 1994;
He was arrested for shooting and killing an N-B-C technician outside the
"Today" show studios in 1994.
Tager was convicted and is now in jail.
He told the psychiatrist he believed the media beamed hostile messages to
Rather, and wanted the CBS anchorman to tell him what frequency was being used
to transmit the messages.
Tager probably won't be charged because the statue of limitations has
The incident with Rather even inspired rock group R.E.M to write a song
called "What's the Frequency, Kenneth."
Coming up at Six, the budding fisherman's rights movement is winning big in
double boxes Connie/Eric
Here's Eric Earnhart with a preview.
Connie, we're just trying hook viewers for Six.
The real story-- is that coming between a fisherman and his catch could soon
be a crime in the Commonwealth.
And it's the unwitting work of animal rights activists.
It got out of the House today with unanimous approval.
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We'll have boatloads of other news in just one half hour on NEWS 7 at SIX,
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--
join me for the region's first local primetime newscast, NEWS-7 Primetime--
tonight at 10 on WEFC.