News 7 is next-
An organized crime group in the area is busted-
The Ohio River has crested but not before leaving miles of damage.
And a new magazine targets a larger audience..
Strong storms in the Carolinas. Heavy rains here..but it won't last long.
Details coming up.
Two more cases of dysentery are reported-- connected with an area outbreak.
Plus-- can ketchup help fight cancer?
Studies show that tomato products just might help prevent other diseases as
((IN THIS CASE IT'S THE ABED ORGANIZED CRIME FAMILY. ONCE YOU KNOW WHO'S
INVOLVED IN THAT ORGANIZATION AND THEN YOU GO OUT AN LOOK AT A LOT OF THE
UNSOLVED FIRES AROUND THE ROANOKE VALLEY, IT COMES BACK TO SOMEBODY IN THAT
OUT Q=in that organization.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Extortion and racketeering charges have been filed against a group of
Palestinians living in Roanoke.
Keith Humphry has just returned from a news conference in the U-S
The story involves control of the convenience store business in the
Valley... using heavy-handed scare tactics... including arson and murder.
It sounds like the mafia.
It sure does, Jean.
These are serious charges: Solicitation to Commit murder, Homicide and
Arson, extortion, fraud, assault.
SUPER=03-Salem/April 2, 1994; :11
SUPER=01-Bob Crouch/U.S. Attorney; :34
OUT Q=burn out the corner store.
Nine fires are listed in the indictment... some so serious they ended in
death. The government contends that was no accident.
The most spectacular blaze may have been the one at Mixers restaurant and
Lounge... three years ago.
The Grand Jury says the owners paid the Abed family to torch the place for
the insurance money.
About 75 people were inside when the fire broke out.
NAT SOT from 94-16
Arson for hire was just a side-line in this family business, officials say.
Most often it was used to intimidate legitimate competitors, to try to run them
out of business.
SOT 15:23:55 Crouch
((PART OF THEIR ALLEGED ACTIVITIES WAS ROBBING STEALING FROM SOME OTHER
BUSINESS AND THEN USING THE STOLEN GOODS TO STOCK THEIR OWN STORES.))
Investigators believe the couple that died in this fire on 13th Street
Southwest two years ago- -was MURDERED- -eliminated because they MIGHT have
seen who set the Corner Store on fire earlier the same day.
SOT 15:13:58 Tom B.
((THE ABED FAMILY AND THEIR ASSOCIATES OWNED THE SPEEDWAY MARKET ON 13TH STREET
HERE IN TOWN. THE CORNER STORE WAS TAKING AWAY BUSINESS FROM THE SPEEDWAY. SO
THE EASIEST WAY TO TAKE CARE OF THAT IS TO BURN OUT THE CORNER STORE.))
OUT Q=corner store.
Narcotics trafficking is also a part of these allegations.
Sounds a lot like the MOB ...maybe just on a smaller scale?
The only thing missing here is prostitution.
It's an organized crime family, in fact, Jean.
The U-S Attorney says the Abeds used juvenile prostitutes to distribute
Oh, and two of the defendants are accused of paying for sex with illegal
We'll have more on this story on NEWS 7 at SIX.
President Clinton is clamping down on gun sales to foreigners-
just a week and a half after a Palestinian gunman opened fire at the Empire
((TODAY I'M ANNOUNCING THAT THE BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO AND FIREARMS WILL
IMMEDIATELY REQUIRE APPLICATIONS TO CERTIFY THAT THEY HAVE BEEN RESIDENTS AT
LEAST 90 DAYS IN THE STATE WHERE THEY ARE TRYING TO BUY THE GUN.))
OUT Q=TO BUY THE GUN."
The man fired shots on the building's observation deck- killing one tourist
and wounding six others before fatally shooting himself.
The palestinian teacher was able to buy a gun in Florida just a few weeks
after arriving in the United States.
The 8-year old Pittsylvania County boy accused of killing his stepfather is
now living out of state.
A source tells News-7 the child is in the custody of his natural father's
SUPER=04-The Franklin News-Post;
55-year old Bernard Rosser was beaten to death in late December.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./December 1996;
His body was discovered inside his Gretna home after he failed to show up
Even though the boy is living out-of state, it's believed he's making
regular trips back to Virginia for psychological testing.
Authorities believe a 13- year old boy fired the shot that struck a train
conductor in Pittsylvania County over the weekend.
A Norfolk Southern spokesman says the teenager is accused of using a
high-powered air pistol.
The incident happened Sunday afternoon near Chatham.
State police say 40- year old Robin (Say-Fritt) Safrit was riding in the
front of the train when he was struck in the left side with what appeared to be
a b-b pellet.
Safrit is recovering from minor injuries-- the shot did not penetrate the
skin but caused a bruise and bleeding.
The Ohio river has finally crested in Cincinnati at more than 12 feet above
It's being called the worst flooding there in three decades.
Synergy stadium- the old Riverfront is now part of the river.
Vice President Al Gore arrived at the Cincinnati- Northern Kentucky airport
today- to get a first hand look.
((AL GORE/VICE-PRESIDENT: I'M GLAD TO BE ABLE TO BE OF SOME ASSISTANCE TO THESE
FOLKS. THEY'VE HAD A TERRIBLE CATASTROPHE HERE.))
SUPER=01-Al Gore/Vice President;
OUT Q=CATASTROPHE HERE."
Vehicles and businesses are immersed in record flood waters.
Sandbagging is underway in areas where the river won't crest until tomorrow.
Crews found at least four more bodies in Falmouth, Kentucky- all victims of
Meantime, volunteers from Roanoke are on the way to disaster areas in
Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia.
SS=american red cross
The American Red Cross says it sent five trained disaster volunteers to help
with the relief operations.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
A stiff fine for a Hill City nuclear fuel plant for accidentally shipping
Plus which hotels in the Roanoke Valley are being boycotted by the N-
On Health Check-- a warning about asthma inhalers containing steroids-- and
an increased risk of glaucoma, for older patients.
Also coming up-- Patrick is checking out the latest art exhibit at Hollins
Plus Steve Mason takes us to the gridiron, the hardwood and the hardwater in
tonight's Ticker-- stay close.
Local leaders of the N- Double- A- C- P say they are supporting a national
boycott of ten major hotel chains.
This morning, Roanoke Chapter President Martin Jeffrey said the group hopes
to open a dialogue with local hotel operators in an effort to improve
employment and promotion opportunities.
IN Q=Based on the figures
SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Roanoke NAACP President;
OUT Q=we ought to be doing.
Locally, attention has been focused on the Hotel Roanoke, part of the
Doubletree chain, but the parent companies of other familiar hotels are also
the target of the N-Double-A-C-P action.
Today, local hotel operators defended their record of hiring minorities,
and questioned whether a boycott is justified.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is handing down a 12 thousand -five
hundred dollar fine against a Lynchburg nuclear fuel plant.
According to the N- R- C, (FRAM- uh- tohm) Framatome (koh- JEE- muh) Cogema
accidentally shipped uranium fuel to Germany.
The mix up did not endanger public health or safety.
Still, Framatome was cited FIVE times.
A company official told News- 7 that corrective measures have been
implemented at the plant and he EXPECTS to prevent these types of mishaps in
Pittsylvania County citizens who are eager to report a crime have a new way
to give authorities a tip.
Residents can mail the information for free, by filling out a "Hot Spot"
They're available at local convenience stores around the county.
Sheriff Harold Plaster says, so far, the cards have been working.
IN Q=I know
((HAROLD PLASTER/PITTSYLVANIA CO. SHERIFF:I KNOW A LOT OF PEOPLE WANT TO GET
INVOLVE, AND DON'T WANT TO STAND BY AND WATCH CRIME OCCUR OR SOMETHING THAT'S
GOING WRONG IN THEIR COMMUNITY, AND THIS IS , LIKE I SAID, ANOTHER AVENUE FOR
THEM TO GET INVOLVED WITHOUT USING THEIR NAME. ))
SUPER=01-Harold Plaster/Pittsylvania Co. Sheriff; :00
OUT Q=their name.
"Neighbors in Partnership", an organization made up of local professionals
concerned about drug abuse, paid for the printing.
The county's "Crime Stoppers" organization is picking up the tab for
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A study in A very specialized artistic techniqUe is now on display at a local
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Hollins College is welcoming a new art exhibit to campus, and it just
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Patrick Evans gives us a glimpse inside the Hollins Gallery, and to tell us
more about the special events planned around the exhibit.
SUPER=01-Mimi Harris/Gallery Director;
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health music under
Is he staying in college or going pro? That's the decision a University of
Tennessee quaterback made today-- Steve Mason has the story.
Researchers don't want to go as far as making a public health
but on Health Check, a new study offers a warning about hygiene powders.
IN Q=We found
((WE FOUND THAT WOMEN WHO DUSTED GENITAL AREAS WITH POWDER AFTER BATING OR USED
GENITAL DEODORANT SPRAYS HAD A MODEST INCREASED RISK OF OVARIAN CANCER. ))
OUT Q=ovarian cancer.
health bump next
At the Lynchburg Health Department, officials are reporting two more cases
of dysentery among children--
these new cases ARE related to the outbreak at Stewartsville Elementary School
With more cases at the Vinton Daycare Center, there are now at least 16
cases in the area.
Dysentery.. also known as shigellosis bacteria.. is a fecal- oral infection
caused mostly by poor handwashing.
A few days will have to go by with no new cases reported, before the
outbreak will be considered finished.
A warning for parents in the region-- if your child is experiencing
diarrhea, have them checked out by a doctor.
Scientists have now linked the use of bath powder to a higher risk of
A report in the American Journal of Epidemiology confirms the results of
Researchers found a nearly 60-percent increased risk of ovarian cancer,
for women who use powder in the genital area after bathing.
The risk was even greater-- 90-percent, among women who use feminine
And the longer the use, the greater the risk.
Despite these findings-- they say it's premature to make a public health
IN Q=We found that
((DR. LINDA COOK/FRED HUTCHINSON CANCER RESEARCH CENTER: WE FOUND THAT ANY USE
OF TALCUM OR BATH POWDERS WAS ASSOCIATED WITH AN INCREASE RISK OF OVARIAN
CANCER, BUT THIS WAS JUST SUGGESTIVE, OUR RESULTS WERE NOT CONCLUSIVE. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Linda Cook/Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; :
OUT Q=not conclusive.
To put the risk of ovarian cancer from using these products in
perspective, consider this:
Annually, 14 out of every 100-thousand American women are diagnosed with
So a 90-percent increased risk from using a genital spray means 27 out of
100 thousand women could be diagnosed with the disease.
Researchers say that's a moderate risk.
They're the latest phyto-chemicals-- though you may just know them as
Researchers in this country and in Europe have found tomatoes may reduce the
risk of getting cancer.
The benefit-- at least in part-- seems to be due to a substance in the
tomatoes called lycopene.
It's also the reason that tomatoes are red and now many researchers say
it's a powerful cancer-fighting antioxidant.
IN Q=Within the
((DR. STEVEN CLINTON/DANA FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE: WITHIN THE TOMATO PRODUCTS
THERE ARE PERHAPS MANY COMPOUNDS THAT MAY REDUCE THE RISK OF CANCER, AMONG
THOSE IS LYCOPENE WHICH IS IN A FAMILY OF CAROTINOIDS. THESE SUBSTANCES HAVE
MANY PROPERTIES WHICH MAY CONTRIBUTE TO A REDUCED RISK OF CANCER IN A VARIETY
OUT Q=variety of organs.
The work so far suggests that Lycopene is twice as potent as the
anti-oxidant in beta-carotene, it's better-known cousin.
However, this is not a reason yet to worry about buying Lycopene in
Some older people may risk glaucoma from using asthma inhalers containing
A Canadian study finds a higher risk in those who use the medication at
high doses for three months or more.
But one of the McGill University experts says the patients should stick with
the lifesaving medications anyway.
The advice-- those at risk should get eye exams-- by specialists who can
detect the early signs of glaucoma.
Time now for sports-- one college football star is staying in school.
Steve Mason has the latest on Peyton Manning.
GRAPHIC=Hometown Hoops Weekly
Good afternoon everyone. Hometown Hoops Weekly will take a time out today.
Next week, we will close out the the basketball year with a season year ender.
from the hard woodSS=manning
to a HARD decision and Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning has made one.
SUPER=03-Knoxville, TN; :00
Peyton held an afternoon news conference on the campus of UT to make his
decision known as to whether he was forgoing his senior year of eligibility for
the NFL or if he was going to play another year for the Volunteers.
((PEYTON MANNING/TENNESSEE QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Peyton Manning/Tennessee Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...at the university of Tennessee"
To the freezer. The Roanoke Express will hold a news conference tomorrow
night at 7 at the Roanoke Civic Center's Exhibition Hall to announce a change
Last night the Express topped the Dayton Bombers 8-5 thanks to a Wayne
Strachan hat trick.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Bombers vs. Express; :00
The Express also got a goal from Ryan Equale, who puts the biscuit between
the pipes in the first period to cut Daytons lead in half.
Chris Lipsett also scored one of Roanoke's 8 goals on the night as the
Express notch an emotional, "fight back" come from behind win.
((DAVE STEWART/EXPRESS DEFENSEMAN:))
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Defenseman; :00
OUT Q=....over the weekend"
To the hard wood. The Roanoke womens basketball team opens the NCAA
tournament tonight at the Bast Center in Salem against Kentucky's Thomas Moore.
((SUSAN DUNAGAN/ROANOKE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Susan Dunagan/Roanoke Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...to be"
Roy Stanley will have the highlights. That's it for sports, see ya at 6.
When you think of fashion magazines you probably think of thin models?
But one new magazine is hoping to change that.
It's called Mode Magazine- and it only shows women size twelve and above.
The magazine's publishers say that's the norm- with 62 million women size
14 or larger.
((NANCY LEWINTER/MODE CO-PUBLISHER: WHAT THEY'VE ASKED FOR IS GORGEOUS MODELS
THAT LOOK MORE LIKE THEM THAN THEIR NINE YEAR OLD CHILDREN.))
SUPER=01-Nancy Lewinter/"Mode" Magazine Co-Publisher;
OUT Q=NINE YEAR OLD CHILDREN."
All the ads in the magazines except cosmetics, feature larger models-
No diet and exercise articles either- instead tips on how to feel fit and
great in your own skin.
Coming up at SIX: spring break Mattaponi (matta-puh-NYE) style...
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Keith Humphry has details.
Jean, it's NOT Lauderdale or Cancun.
IN Q=We heard
((KRISTI NEPTUN: WE HEARD STORIES ABOUT THE SPIRIT EAGLE LAST NIGHT AND ABOUT
THE RIVER AND THE IMPORTANCE OF THE RIVER.))
OUT Q=the river.
A week at the Mattaponi Indian reservation in Virginia's Northern Neck is a
break from life at Virginia Tech.
And it's a good break for the hosts, many of whom live in poverty.
It's called the YMCA Native American Peoples program.
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Ellen Qualls takes us there in 30-minutes on NEWS 7 at SIX.
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.
See you later, Goodnight