(( TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...A STATEMENT FROM THE 39 PEOPLE WHO
KILLED THEMSELVES NEAR SAN DIEGO SUGGESTS THEIR SUICIDE IS TIED TO THE
ARE VIRGINIA POLITICIANS ADDICTED TO TOBACCO MONEY?
IT'S FUNDING THE CAMPAIGN FOR GOVERNOR. ))
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It's Thursday, March 27th, our Top Story
Some tense moments tonight for Roanoke police as they surround a house in
Old Southwest... but negotiations pay off.
Good Evening, you're watching NEWS-7 Primetime on WEFC, I'm Connie Stevens.
Police were prepared for the worst, but the stand- off ended quietly
tonight with one man in custody.
Roanoke police surrounded the home in the 500 block of Elm Avenue after
receiving a report that shots had been fired.
Members of the police tactical unit were called in, while a negotiator spoke
with the man by phone.
Ultimately, officers persuaded the man to surrender. He walked out the back
door and was taken into custody without incident.
It's unclear whether any shots were actually fired. Police haven't
released the man's identity, or the extent of charges he could face.
The 39 people who killed themselves in Southern California left farewell
messages indicating they wanted to leave their bodies on earth so their spirits
could get to heaven, perhaps in a UFO traveling with the Hale-Bopp comet.
Police today released video showing the bodies shortly after they were
discovered in a million dollar estate in San Diego County-- a warning, some may
find the video very unsettling.
Lee Cowan reports.
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(( This was the scene that greeted San Diego county sheriff's deputies as
they entered the home wednesday.
39 people, lying in cots and beds... all wearing the same black
clothing... the same black sneakers... the same purple shroud over their faces.
It was neat and tidy, and disturbing.
BILL KOLENDER, SAN DIEGO CO. SHERIFF: THIS APPEARS TO BE A PLANNED SUICIDE...
SPECIFIC PLACE AND TIME.
The recipe for death, according to the Medical Examiner, was a mixture of
phenobarbital and alcohol, placed in containers of pudding and applesauce.
DR. BRIAN BLACKBOURNE, SAN DIEGO CO. MEDICAL EXAMINER: DID IT GROUPS OF
THREE, THE FIRST GROUP WENT AHEAD, THE SECOND GROUP ASSISTED THEM AND COVERED
THEM WITH THIS RED CLOTH WHEN THEY DID. AND THE SECOND TEAM HELPED THE THIRD
And there were farewell tapes, messages from the group's leader...
"DOE"/LEADER: YOU CAN FOLLOW US, BUT YOU CANNOT STAY HERE AND FOLLOW US.
... and followers, looking forward to leaving their bodies for some higher
level of existence.
I DON'T HAVE ANY CHOICE BUT TO GO FOR IT, BECAUSE I'VE BEEN ON THIS PLANET
AND THERE'S NOTHING HERE FOR ME.
Their bodies were removed today for further testing and for positive
identification by their families.
The police say they called themselves "Heaven's Gate".
Many were computer whizzes who created internet web sites, like this one.
On their own web site, there is talk of the hale-bopp comet marking their
way to heaven, perhaps via a ufo traveling alongside it.
In addition to the videotaped messages, cult members made it very easy for
investigators to figure out who they were.
ID was found in the pockets of every single one of them.
Apparently they wanted to make it very clear who they were and why they did
what they did.
Lee Cowan, CBS News, Rancho Sante Fe.))
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((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: I THINK THE ATTORNEY GENERAL FACES A SERIOUS CONFLICT OF
INTEREST RIGHT NOW. ON THE ONE HAND HE'S ACCEPTING SERIOUS CONTRIBUTIONS FROM
THIS INDUSTRY. ON THE OTHER HAND, HE HAS THE RESPONSIBILITY TO ENFORCE OUR
LAWS AND PROTECT OUR CHILDREN.))
OUT Q=our children.
**CONNIE AUDIO ON CART**
Did the Republican gubernatorial candidate crossing the line when he
recently picked up a 20-thousand dollar check from Philip Morris?
Soon after, the Attorney General told reporters he had NO plans to withdraw
Virginia's friend of the court brief on behalf of the tobacco companies AGAINST
the FDA regulations on teen smoking.
Opponent Democrat Don Beyer picked up 12-thousand dollars himself from
Philip Morris last year.
His prospective running mate L-F Payne picked up 10-thousand dollars last
Governor George Allen admits Gilmore's donation didn't come at the best
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT....DISCLOSED. WHICH
MEANS EVERYONE CAN HAVE ALL THEIR POT SHOTS AND COMMENTS ABOUT IT.))
OUT Q=comments about it.
Attorney General Jim Gilmore did not make himself available for comment on
this story today.
Meantime, Don Beyer spent part of his day talking about tougher mandates for
He's won "two strikes and you're out" laws and a sex offender registry in
Virginia in recent years.
At a Richmond schoolyard, Beyer proposed that convicted molesters and
rapists be introduced to the community they're moving into at a public meeting.
He's NOT worried it will get ugly.
IN Q=But they
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: BUT THEY ))
OUT Q=children again.
The American Civil Liberties Union calls it a novel idea that fits into a
new trend of "public shaming."
((KENT WILLIS/VA ACLU: EVERYONE CARES ABOUT FAMILIES...IN THE FIRST PLACE.))
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Beyer says the average child molester has victimized 117 times.
One man's few minutes of fame apparently lead to his arrest.
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Authorities say 19- year- old Chad Michael Pedro robbed the Quik-E food
store in Forest early Wednesday morning.
After seeing a videotape of the holdup on t-v last night, an acquaintance of
Pedro's called police to say she recognized the teenager's voice and clothing.
Detectives arrested the teen this afternoon at his girlfriend's home near
He reportedly has confessed to the crime.
Pedro has been charged with robbery and use of a firearm in commission of a
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Chelsea Clinton has shyed away from the media throughout her years in the
But during her trip to Africa, the 17-year old speaks up about problems
facing American teenagers.
And a little later tonight on NEWS-7 Primetime, Central Virginia high school
students help create America's Treeways..stick around.
go to break
The judge in the O-J Simpson civil trial is ordering Simpson to give up one
of his prized possessions...his Heisman Trophy.
18:24:24 (5-6:30 tape) still photo
Simpson must turn over the trophy to the family of Ronald Goldman.
The judge also says he'll order surrender of expensive crystal and
Nicole Brown Simpson's family won a similar order earlier this week.
It's all part of attempts to collect on the civil judgments against Simpson
in the wrongful death case.
A Roanoke developer didn't follow his stop work order, now he's headed to
The city filed CRIMINAL charges against Phillip Bane for failing to bring
his 11- home project up to code.
Among Bane's alleged violations-- covered storm drains, street debris and
improper drainage fields.
This will be the second time Bane's been to court for not following city
The first time, he was fined one- thousand dollars, 900 of it was
Students in Virginia public schools got improved marks this year from the
State Board of Education.
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((RICHARD LAPOINTE/VA. SUPERINTENDENT FOR PUB. INSTRUCTION: THERE'S SOME NICE
MOVEMENT. I BELIEVE THE MORE RIGOROUS STANDARDS THE BOARD IS MOVING TOWARD
WILL TAKE US TO AN EVEN HIGHER PLATEAU.))
The Board heard that more students are taking algebra before the 9th grade,
and more are receiving advanced studies diplomas.
Last year, Virginia students showed NO improvement on nearly two- thirds of
First Lady Hillary Clinton and daughter Chelsea continue their two-week
tour, deep in Africa--
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It was Chelsea who spoke up today, at the urging of her mother--
A group of school girls asked about the problems of American youth-- and
the 17-year-old had some ideas of her own.
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((CHELSEA CLINTON: WHETHER WE START OUT UP HERE OR DOWN THERE WE ARE THE ONES
WHO ARE GOING TO MAKE UP OURSELVES WHAT WE MAKE, AND MAKE OUR OUR LIVES AND
MAKE OF OUR FUTURES WHAT WE MAKE. AND I THINK THAT'S SOMETHING THAT PEOPLE IN
OUR COUNTRY STILL HAVE TO WORK ON. ))
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The First Lady says she hopes their visit will quote-- "plant a seed" for
improving the lives of women in Africa.
Area highways are getting a little greener, thanks to some high school
volunteers and a program called "America's Treeways".
Hundreds of redbud and willow oak trees were planted today along several
major roadways in Appomattox, Campbell and Pittsylvania Counties.
It's all part of a joint effort between the Virginia Department of
Transportation and the National Tree Trust aimed at beautifying the state's
Since 1991, the Tree Trust has helped plant nearly five million trees in 48
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If you've been confused with all the press surrounding mammography, you're
probably not alone.
But today experts in Washington have put the controversy to rest, at least
for the time being, by announcing the recommendation that women should get
mammograms starting at age 40.
IN Q=The National
SUPER=01-Barbara Rimer/National Cancer Inst. Advisory Board; :20
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :28
OUT Q=third-party payers.
The National Cancer Institute has been the last holdout in the controversy
over the value of mammograms for women in their forties.
And experts at the NCI now say that regular mammograms for women aged 40 to
49 can reduce the death rate from breast cancer by 17 percent.
IN Q=For women at
((DR. BARBARA RIMER/NATIONAL CANCER ADVISORY BOARD:FOR WOMEN AT AVERAGE RISK--
FOR WOMEN 40-49 YEARS OF AGE
IT IS PRUDENT TO HAVE MAMMOGRAMS EVERY ONE TO TWO YEARS. ))
OUT Q=two years
President Clinton, whose own mother died of breast cancer, endorsed the
IN Q=Breast cancer
((BREAST CANCER IS THE MOST COMMONLY DIAGNOSED CANCER AMONG WOMEN, IT EFFECTS
ONE IN EIGHT WOMEN GET BREAST CANCER, AND HAS TOUCHED NEARLY EVERY AMERICAN
FAMILY INCLUDING MY OWN.))
OUT Q=including my own.
Now the NCI, The American Cancer Society and breast cancer advocacy groups
all agree that women in their forties can benefit from mammograms.
Women in high risk groups should seek medical advice to determine if they
should begin even earlier and have mammograms more frequently.
But the biggest issue for many women may not be when to start but how to
IN Q=And we certainly
((AND WE CERTAINLY HOPE THAT OUR STATEMENT ENCOURAGING AND REALLY STRESSING THE
IMPORTANT OF PAYMENT, THAT THAT MESSAGE GETS OUT TO ALL THIRD-PARTY PAYERS.))
OUT Q=third party payers.
And of course, mammography isn't foolproof.
All women must also have yearly breast exams by a health professional.
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Tonight's video pick comes from high in the sky-- it was the biggest
billboard they could find.
The Virginia Lottery wants everyone to know about the Big Game, so they
hired sky-writer Jim Butler to get the attention of Roanokers, by smoking out
He calls his craft a lost art--
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((JIM BUTLER/SKY WRITER: THIS IS LIKE AIR SHOW SMOKE, WE CALL IT. IT'S A VERY
VERY FINE, ALMOST LIKE BABY OIL TYPE OF SUBSTANCE AND IT'S ACTUALLY JUST PUMPED
INTO THE EXHAUST SYSTEM OF THE PLANE AND IT BURNS AND CREATES THE ACTUAL SMOKE.
SUPER=75-Jim Butler/Sky Writer; :10
OUT Q=the actual smoke
Even though the message didn't last long-- lottery officials hope it sunk
Tomorrow's 56-million dollar jackpot is the largest ever in the
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Tonight on Primetime sports, Lefty is formally introduced as the new boss man
Michigan wins the NIT title tonight. Botetourt has a new girl's head
basketball coach, and the W&L lacrosse team is off to its best start in over 20
But first, the Atlanta Braves continue to clean house in the outfield today.
After shipping Marquis Grissom and Dave Justice to Cleveland on Tuesday,
the Braves get rid of Jermaine Dye this afternoon.
The only former Danville Brave to make it to the big leagues was traded along
with minor league pitcher Jamie Walker to the Kansas City Royals for outfielder
Michael Tucker and infielder Keith Lockhart.
Now your scores.
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TAKE A BREAK
The NIT crowned its 1997 champion tonight and unfortunately for you ACC hoop
fans out there, it was not Florida State.
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The big reason the Noles were denied was Robert Traylor the big 250 pound
Traylor had a career high 26 points and 13 rebounds scoring on an array of
power moves in the paint.
But FSU came back from an 18 point halftime deficit thanks to the shooting of
James Collins, who scored a team high 20.
But Maurice Taylor threw down this alleyoop to put the game away as Michigan
wins the first ever meeting between these two teams 82-to-73 to capture the NIT
Elsewhere in the College basketball today, while the NCAA final four teams
were continuing their travels to Indianapolis, former JMU head coach Lefty
Driesell was formally accepting his new job as the head coach of Georgia State.
The 10th winningest coach in NCAA history inherits the worst team in all of
Division one basketball.
Georgia State has had just 3 winning season in the program's 34 years of
IN Q="This program...
((LEFTY DRIESELL/NEW GA. STATE HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Lefty Driesell/New Ga. State Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...GOTTA PERFORM."
Speaking of coaches, Lefty isn't the only one with a new job tonight.
The top high school girls' program in the state the past two years completed
its changing of the guard today in Daleville.
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Last November, the Lord Botetourt girls' basketball team captured its second
straight state championship.
It also was the final game for head coach David Wheat, who later resigned his
This afternoon, Chuck Pound was given the keys to run the girls team as its
new head coach.
Pound is also the Cavaliers head baseball coach and a longtime basketball
assistant at the school.
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((CHUCK POUND/NEW BOTETOURT GIRLS COACH:))
SUPER=01-Chuck Pound/New Botetourt Girls Coach; :00
OUT Q=...THAT TRADITION."
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If you like great college rivalries and fast paced, hard hitting action you
might want to be in Lexington this weekend the unbeaten Generals of Washington
and Lee host Roanoke College in lacrosse.
W & L is off to its best start since 1974. The Generals are 6 and 0 and
ranked third in the latest division three national poll.
IN Q="I just think...
((JIM STAGNITTO/W & L HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Jim Stagnitto/W & L Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=......all around."
The last three meetings between the two division three powers have been
decided in sudden death overtime, with Roanoke winning the last two games.
This year Roanoke is 3 and 2 on the season and currently ranked sixth
IN Q="It's the same...
OUT Q=.....IN THE COUNTRY."
The winston cup stars are off this week for their traditional Easter break,
but in just a couple of weeks they will be back in area in Bristol on April
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This afternoon, Ernie Irvan stopped by the track to check out some of the
The track will have 118 thousand seats for the spring race, plus new luxury
suites and a bigger track.
The back stretch wall has been moved back four week making way for a wider
right here on WEFC...have a good night.
That's all for us-- Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, see you tomorrow,