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REMAINS THE LOSER IN THE FINAL ONE-DAY SESSION OF THE 1997 GENERAL ASSEMBLY.
A VIRTUAL MARRIAGE OF SORTS COULD BE IN THE WORKS...AS THE TWO LARGEST
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IT'S WEDNESDAY, APRIL SECOND, OUR TOP STORY
FRIENDS, FAMILY AND NEIGHBORS TRY TO UNDERSTAND WHAT LEAD TO A DOUBLE
MURDER LAST NIGHT-- THAT LEFT A ROANOKE MOTHER AND HER DAUGHTER DEAD.
SEAN TURNER/VICTIM'S RELATIVE: EVERYBODY LOVED THEM. THEY WERE EASYGOING
PEOPLE. IF THEY NEEDED TO THEY'D GIVE THE SHIRT OFF THEIR BACK TO HELP YOU
OUT Q=help you out.
This is News 7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
It seems to be the end of a running dispute between 23-year-old Sharon
Casey, and her ex-boyfriend, 23-year-old Miguel Angel Ortiz.
IN Q=NAT SOUND IN
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SUPER=01-Mildred Mormon/Witness; 1:12
SUPER=01-Rodney Otey/Ortiz Friend; 1:35
OUT Q=thought he would do it.
IN Q=OPEN WITH A LITTLE NAT FROM SCENE
OUT Q=NAT FROM SCENE
Ortiz is accused of killing Casey, along with her mother 42-year-old
Deborah Casey at their East Caru Apartment.
Ortiz was shot himself last night-- by police, during a standoff at the
IN Q=Are they
((ORTIZ: ARE THEY DEAD MAN? I'M ASKING YOU ARE THEY DEAD?
BYSTANDER: I DON'T KNOW. ))
OUT Q=I don't know.
Ortiz held a gun to his head-- taunting police to come to him.
((ORTIZ, COME OUT HERE, COME OUT HERE COME OUT HERE. ))
OUT Q=come out here.
He also talked to his mother-- telling her he killed Sharon and Deborah
IN Q=I shot her
((ORTIZ: I SHOT HER, I SHOT HER, I SHOT SHARON AND HER MOM. I SHOT HER. ))
OUT Q=I shot her.
Eventually, Ortiz ran from police-- then stopped, turned, and pointed the
gun at them.
The standoff ended as one officer shot him in the stomach-- Ortiz was
transported to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
Relatives of Sharon and Deborah Casey are frustrated-- saying Sharon
complained to police more than once about her ex-boyfriend.
IN Q=Why wasn't he arrested
((SEAN TURNER/VICTIM'S RELATIVE: WHY WASN'T HE ARRESTED BEFORE ALL THIS
HAPPENED. THIS COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED. BUT NO ROANOKE CITY WOULD NOT LIFT
A FINGER TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. THAT'S WHAT I'M UPSET ABOUT.))
OUT Q=upset about.
But today, neighbors had praise for the way officers handled the
confrontation with Ortiz.
IN Q=I'm still scared
((MILDRED MORMON/WITNESS: I'M STILL SCARED. I'M SHAKING LIKE MAD, BUT THE
POLICE DEPARTMENT DID A GOOD JOB.))
OUT Q=did a good job.
Still, because the shooting involved police, the department will
investigate-- as will Commonwealth's Attorney Don Caldwell....who says he
hasn't decided whether to pursue a CAPITAL murder charge.
At the Clean Machine Car Wash, where Ortiz worked, co-workers tried to
make sense of his actions.
IN Q=He said on a
((RODNEY OTEY/ORTIZ FRIEND: HE SAID ON A COUPLE OF TIMES THAT YOU KNOW HE
WOULD KILL HER, BUT LIKE I SAID WE THOUGHT HE WAS JUST JOKING, YOU KNOW BECAUSE
HE WOULD ALWAYS LAUGH AFTERWARDS. YOU KNOW AND WHAT NOT. SO WE NEVER THOUGHT
HE WOULD DO IT.))
OUT Q=do it.
Meantime, tonight, Ortiz is what they call a "no-news patient" at Carilion
Roanoke Memorial Hospital, meaning they can't give us information on his
This morning, he underwent surgery-- earlier, police said his injury did
not appear to be life threatening.
And as far as the victims-- police say Sharon Casey's children were in the
apartment where their mother was shot.
The children are now with relatives.
Governor George Allen won out at today's veto session, despite Roanoke
lawmakers' best efforts, his veto stood on 700- thousand dollars in funding for
the College of Health Sciences.
SUPER=01-Del. Jack Reid/(R) Henrico Co.; :11
OUT Q=didnt get raises.
A two thirds vote was needed to fund the college.
Perhaps the most heated debate focused on teen recreation centers in Fairfax
The Governor, the National Rifle Association and rural lawmakers beat back a
ban on guns inside the facilities.
((SEN. JANE WOODS/R-FAIRFAX: HAVE YOUR PICKUP GAMES OF BASKETBALL. AND P.S.
BY THE WAY, IF YOU FOUL SOMEONE, WE REALLY CAN'T HELP IT THAT PERSON PULLS OUT
A WEAPON, STABS YOU, PULLS OUT A GUN, SHOOTS YOU. WE TRIED TO MAKE THESE SAFE
BUT NOT TOO SAFE.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Jane Woods/(R) Fairfax;
OUT Q=safe but not too safe
The measure is considered a victory for the NRA.
The work of the Assembly stretched into the evening, partly because the
first hour in the House of Delegates was spent on goodbyes.
Among them, Lynchburg Republican Joyce Crouch, who's stepping down after
eight years in the House.
And then Robert Nelms-- who announced last week he would NOT run again after
an embarrasing indecent exposure arrest in a Richmond park.
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IN Q=I am thankful
((DEL. ROBERT NELMS: I AM THANKFUL FOR INDECENT EXPOSURE AND LEGISLATIVE
IMMUNITY. THEY HAVE TAUGHT ME GREAT THINGS THAT I WOULD NEVER HAVE LEARNED NOR
WOULD EVER HAVE BELIEVED.))
SUPER=01-Del. Robert Nelms/(R) Suffolk;
OUT Q=have believed.
Delegate Nelms' ban from Richmond city parks expired this year... and the
police report will now stay suppressed.
It was only to be made public if Nelms tried to backtrack from his GUILTY
plea on the campaign trail this fall.
Senator Chuck Robb made a stop in Roanoke today-- He's visiting constituents
while on the traditional Senate Easter break.
The Democrat told the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce that when the
Senate reconvenes Monday he wants to get the ball rolling on a balanced budget.
He's a member of a bi-partisan group he says will make the necessary cuts to
adjust the budget. He admits the group is prepared to take the heat for the
SOT Tape #2: 4:44:14
IN Q=There's some very
((SENATOR CHUCK ROBB: THERE'S SOME VERY DIFFICULT CHOICES THAT WE HAVE TO MAKE,
AND SOME POLITICALLY SENSITIVE AREAS WE HAVE TO ADDRESS, AND WE'RE NOT GOING TO
SOLVE THE PROBLEM UNTIL WE DO THAT- SO WE'RE WILLING TO SAY "BLAME US" FOR SOME
UNPOPULAR DECISIONS, BUT LET'S GET THE JOB DONE.))
OUT Q=the job done.
Robb told Chamber members he sees signs there's movement towards balancing
the budget- but believes Congress has a tough road ahead.
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A standoff at a juvenile detention facility ends peacefully in
Danville...that story next on News-7 Primetime...
Plus, it's opening day at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest... they're
banking on Jefferson's recent television appearance to draw even more visitors
go to break
There are still many questions surrounding a hostage situation last night
inside a Danville juvenile detention home.
Three staff members were locked in a room by two juveniles with a gun.
It happened at the W-W Moore Detention Home around one thirty this morning.
Authorities were alerted when someone at the home called police.
The standoff ended about an hour later when an employee managed to grab the
gun and ran outside.
Police are still trying to figure out how a gun was smuggled inside.
IN Q=This young
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE CHIEF:THIS YOUNG MAN HAD BEEN THERE A WHILE SO WE
DON'T KNOW WHETHER SOMEONE GAVE IT TO HIM AT A COURT APPEARANCE IN FRANKLIN
COUNTY OR WHETHER HIS STORY IS TRUE THAT HE'S TELLING US OR NOT. WE'RE PURSUING
THAT RIGHT NOW. ))
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :00
OUT Q=right now.
There were 42- teenagers inside the facility-- police say many of them were
No one was hurt and no one escaped, but police say the interior of the
building was heavily damaged.
Botetourt County authorities are hoping the public can help catch an armed
A man walked into Scott's Thrift Store in Troutville Saturday night, and
robbed the cashier at gunpoint.
You can see him pointing a gun at the clerk in the upper right hand corner
of the store's surveillance tape.
No one was hurt.
The two largest computer on-line services.... America OnLine and Compu-Serve
are competitors-- but that may not be the case for long.
Rumors are flying that America Online is thinking of buying Compu-Serve.
Today Compu-Serve confirmed it is holding talks, but did not name a
A-O-L isn't commenting.
They're open for business again at the Poplar Forest estate in Bedford
County, where tourism officials hope to cash in on the recent attention focused
on the life of Thomas Jefferson.
A P-B-S series in February and the new Jefferson Passport could boost
tourism at nine Jefferson-related sites across Virginia.
And there will be more for visitors to see when they come to his Bedford
Poplar Forest officials say theirs is a work in progress.
IN Q=We've been
((SHERYL KINGERY/POPLAR FOREST: WE'VE BEEN, THE FOCUS IS RESTORATION AND WE'RE
SLOWLY FOCUSING ON MORE MARKETING AND TRYING TO GET THE WORD OUT THAT `HEY,
WE'RE OPEN..WE'RE A SITE THAT'S FUN TO SEE'. AND IT'S A NICE COMPLEMENT TO
MONTICELLO WHICH IS COMPLETE AND HAS ITS FURNISHINGS, AND TO SEE IT IN THIS
STAGE YOU KIND OF GET A SENSE OF WHAT JEFFERSON WAS DOING AS HE WAS BUILDING
HIS DIFFERENT HOUSES.))
SUPER=01-Sheryl Kingery/Poplar Forest; :00
OUT Q=his different houses.
Poplar Forest hopes to finish its exterior renovations by the end of this
More than 17-thousand people visit the estate each year.
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Tonight on Primetime sports. A Baltimore Orioles all-star inks a new deal.
And on health check-- how did thousand of children around the country become
exposed to the Hepatitis A virus? The story when the news continues.
go to break
We're heading into a real warm stretch, but recently we've had some very
Did this cold snap
effect local orchards?
Most of the fruit farmers we talked to said the recent cool air hasn't done
any damage to the trees.
But the threat will be around for a little while longer.
IN Q=Just one
((GRAHAM REED/REED ORCHARD: JUST ONE NIGHT IN THE LOW TWENTIES DURING BLOOM
TIME WILL KILL EVERYTHING. ))
SUPER=01-Graham Reed/Reed Orchard;
OUT Q=kill everything
The big problems usually occur during those warm days in the winter months.
That causes the fruit trees to bloom early... making them more vulnerable to
those cool spring nights.
toss to robin
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They're speculating the worst is over -- after school cafeterias in six
states may unknowingly have put a virus on the menu.
SUPER=03-Ottawa Co., MI; :
The states-- which do NOT include Virginia -- were sent strawberries,
some of which were contaminated with hepatitis A.
So far, the only illnesses are reported in Michigan-- where there are more
than 150 cases.
((SOCORRO SERRANO/L.A. UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: ACCORDING TO THE HEALTH
DEPARTMENT THEY WERE TAINTED BECAUSE
OF FECAL MATTER. WHOEVER WAS PROCESSING THE STRAWBERRIES EITHER DIDN'T WASH
THEIR HANDS PROPERLY OR THE FERTILIZER THAT WAS USED CONTAINED FECAL MATTER
OR THE WATER THAT WAS USED CONTAINED FECAL MATTER, SO THEY WERE TAINTED DURING
THE GROWTH AND PROCESSING TIME. ))
SUPER=01-Socorro Serrano/L.A. Unified School District; :
OUT Q=processing time,
SUPER=03-Los Angeles; :
Hepatitis A causes a mild liver infection-- it's spread through uncooked
The other states that received the tainted berries are Arizona, California,
Georgia, Iowa and Tennessee.
The strawberries were originally grown in Mexico-- by they were sliced,
frozen and shipped-out by a company in San Diego.
The president of that company has just resigned.
Researchers say they may have uncovered another silent killer.
They say an inflammation that smolders for years inside the arteries,
perhaps as a result of an infection, may be a major cause of heart attacks and
It' still a mystery why the micro-inflammation occurs.
The study-- from Brigham and Women's Hospital, is reported in
the "New England Journal of Medicine."
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For our video of the day-- hope you're stocked up on cocktail sauce.
IN Q=This is it
((THIS IS IT. THE BIG OF THE BIG. THE GIANT TASMANIAN CRAB. ))
OUT Q=Tasmanian Crab.
That certainly is one big Tasmanian crab claw.
The whole crab weighs in at about 35 pounds.
It's four and a half pound claw feeds four-- for about 200-bucks.
The monster crab is one of the feature attractions in Seattle's Fifth
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A busy night for PrimeTime Sports, Cal Ripkin signs a new deal with the
Orioles while Florida's Gary Sheffield becomes the highest paid player in
But First lets check out this N-F-L football news.
St. Louis Rams running back Lawrence Phillips was released today after
serving 23 days of a 30 day sentence for violating his probation after pleading
no contest to misdemeanor assault in an attack on a former girlfriend at
Now here's the numbers.
WIPE TO SCORES
OUT Q=....last score."
Baltimore Oriole infielder Cal Ripken has agreed to a two year contract
The deal will pay the All-star infielder 15 point one million dollars over
the 1998 and 1999 seasons.
Its the first opening day in 15 years that Ripken has not started at
Shortstop. He started at third and immediately came up with the defensive play
of the game.
At the Plate, Ripkin Doubled twice and belted this solo homer deep over
SUPER=35-Baltimore/4/Kansas City/2/;the left field wall giving the Orioles a
one to nothing lead in the fourth and Baltimore beats Kansas City this
afternoon 4 to 2.
The Florida Marlins have made Outfielder Gary Sheffield the highest paid
player in professional baseball.
The Marlins and the all star outfielder have agreed to a six year extension
worth 61 million Dollars. Its the Largest contract package in baseball history
surpassing the 55 million over five years given to Albert Belle of the Chicago
The 28 year old Sheffield hit 314 last year with 42 homers and 120 R-B-I's.
He'll make over six million this year and 10 million a season from 1998 to
2002 and 11 million in 2003.
IN Q="I never...
((GARY SHEFFIELD/SIGNS 61 MILLION DOLLAR CONTRACT: ))
SUPER=01-Gary Sheffield/Signs 61 Million Dollar Contract; :
OUT Q=......fLORIDA MARLIN."
The Rivers Edge was busy tonight with a softball showdown between single A
power Floyd County and group 3A contender Patrick Henry.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Buffaloes vs. Patriots; :00
The Lady Buffaloes came in guarding a perfect 4 and OH record and were in
for a high scoring affair with PH.
Here in the fifth; Leigh Ann Bishop connects on the pitch to bring home
Tracy Poff from third base and the lady Buffaloes had the lead 11-9 in the 6th
SUPER=34-Patrick Henry/13/Floyd/13/ ;
The lady Patriots stormed back. Kim Kays crushes this pitch to center. The
solid hit brought home three runners; Patrick henry took a 12-11 lead and the
game was called with the score tied 13 to 13.
The Winston Cup stars are in Texas this week for the first weekend of racing
at the brand new Texas Motor Speedway.
The one and a half mile tri-oval track has produced some mixed reviews from
those who have tested at the facility.
Dale Earnhardt says he hates it, while other think it's great.
Most are waiting until the track is full cars tomorrow before making a true
((RICKY CRAVEN/DRIVER - BUD CHEVY:))
((DERRIKE COPE/DRIVER - SKITTLES PONTIAC:))
SUPER=01-Ricky Craven/Bud Chevy Driver; :00
SUPER=01-Derrike Cope/Skittles Pontiac Driver; :12
OUT Q=...NICE FACILITY."
Winston Cup practice begins Thursday morning at 10. Qualifying for the Cup
cars takes place Thursday at 3.
And don't forget you can watch both the Busch race on Saturday and the
Interstate Batteries 500 Cup race on Sunday LIVE right here on WDBJ-7.
That's all for us-- but for more news in 30- minutes ...Jean Jadhon will be
along over on WDBJ-7 with NEWS-7 at 11. Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime,