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The latest on that double murder suspect- shot by police after an overnight
Wind takes the sails out of a sailboat in North Carolina- stranding 6
Plus a hepatitis scare in six states.
And a taste of Kentucky in GAZA City.
News 7 is next.
A double murder suspect shot during a standoff is alive tonight- though the
hospital isn't releasing his condition.
The standoff began last night after a woman and her mother were fatally shot
at the East Caru Apartments.
The suspect then appeared in the crowd with a gun.
SUPER=03-Cape Hatteras, NC;
High wind ripped the sail on a boat off Cape Hatteras leaving 6 people
stranded for 24 hours- before they were rescued.
SUPER=03-Gaza City, Gaza;
Plus Kentucky Fried Chicken meets Gaza City.
The fried Chicken Chain opened in the Palestinian territories today.
Join us for News 7 at Eleven.
A double murder suspect, shot during a standoff with Roanoke Police last
night, is still alive, though the hospital isn't releasing any information
about his condition.
The standoff began as police were investigating the discovery of two bodies,
a mother and daughter, at the East Caru Apartments last night.
The suspect, 23 year old Miguel Ortiz, appeared in the crowd of onlookers,
with a gun.
Eric Earnhart reports.
IN Q=the scene went on
SUPER=01-Miguel Ortiz/Murder Suspect; 1:06
OUT Q=in the stomach
(( The scene went on for about 2 hours... 23 year old murder suspect Miguel
Angel Ortiz, walking in circles, holding a gun to his head.
A crowd of bystanders yelled at him, occasionally encouraging him to shoot
Ortiz's mood seemed to shift rapidly, sometimes screaming, sometimes
chanting, sometimes pleading, but always asking the same question... are they
IN Q=are they dead
((ORTIZ; ARE THEY DEAD MAN? I'M ASKING YOU ARE THEY DEAD?
(BYSTANDER) I DON'T KNOW! ))
OUT Q=I don't know
Police negotiators tried repeatedly to get Ortiz to put the gun down,
offering to let him meet with his mother...
IN Q=Mike put the
((NEGOTIATOR; MIKE, PUT THE GUN DOWN NOW...I WANT TO TALK TO MY MOM.
WELL YOU CAN IF YOU PUT IT DOWN.))
OUT Q=If you put it down
At one point Ortiz does put down the gun, but refuses to walk away from
it... instead, taunting police to come to him.
IN Q=come out here
((ORTIZ, COME OUT HERE, COME OUT HERE, COME OUT HERE ))
OUT Q=come out here
As time passes, Ortiz's mood changes... As he talks to his mother, his anger
seems to fade... He tells her he loves her, that it's not her fault, and he
tells her he killed Sharon and Deborah Casey.
IN Q=I shot her
((ORTIZ; I SHOT HER, I SHOT HER, I SHOT SHARON AND HER MOM ))
OUT Q=I shot her
A few minutes later, Ortiz tells his mother it's his time to go...
IN Q=it's my time to
((ORTIZ; IT'S MY TIME TO GO MA... YES IT IS MA, YES IT IS))
OUT Q=yes it is
Ortiz starts walking away and says I'm not going to stop walking... as
police follow him, he walks around the building and begins running across the
As officers run after him, the police report says Ortiz stopped, turned
around and pointed the gun at them...
The standoff ends as one officer shot him in the stomach.
There hasn't been any security at the East Caru Apartments since the end of
last year, when the old security company's contract ended.
A new security company is scheduled to begin patrolling the grounds this
Eric Earnhart, News 7))
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SUPER=01-Sean Turner/Victim's Relative; :19
SUPER=01-Lonnie Taylor/Ortiz Co-Worker; :53
SUPER=01-Rodney Otey/Ortiz Co-Worker; 1:03
OUT Q=Len Besthoff
(( I'm Len Besthoff.
Both friends and family speak highly of Sharon Casey and her mother
Sharon was well liked at Ameri-Suites, where she was a maid.
The Roanoke Times, where Deborah worked in distribution the past seven
years, had similar things to say.
Relatives say Sharon Casey and her mother Deborah were two close and caring
IN Q=Everybody loved
((SEAN TURNER/VICTIM'S RELATIVE: EVERYBODY LOVED THEM. THEY WERE EASYGOING
OUT Q=easygoing people.
Sean Turner believes his relatives' murder could have been prevented, saying
Sharon Casey complained more than once to police about her ex- boyfriend,
Miguel "Mike" Ortiz.
IN Q=I wanna
((TURNER: I WANNA KNOW WHY FRIENDS OF HIS AROUND HERE CARRYING GUNS, AND WHY
NOTHING IS BEING DONE. You mean like why wasn't he arrested before? TURNER:
YEAH LIKE WHY WASN'T HE ARRESTED BEFORE ALL THIS HAPPENED.))
OUT Q=all this happened.
Ortiz's co- workers say when he described his rocky relationship with Sharon
Casey, he joked he was going to kill both her and her mother.
IN Q=But we
((LONNIE TAYLOR/ORTIZ CO-WORKER: BUT WE REALLY DIDN'T THINK HE WAS GOING TO DO
ANYTHING LIKE THAT, YOU KNOW WHAT I'M SAYING?))
OUT Q=what I'm saying?
Those familiar with the situation say Ortiz's recent breakup with Casey
apparently became too hard to handle.
IN Q=He had
((RODNEY OTEY/ORTIZ CO-WORKER: HE HAD A TEMPER. AND HE HAD QUITE A FEW THINGS
ON HIS MIND. THAT COULDA SET IT OFF AND BEING THAT THEY WEREN'T TOGETHER. ))
OUT Q=weren't together.
IN Q=It wasn't
((TURNER: IT WASN'T GOING ANYWHERE. AND HE COULDN'T ACCEPT IT. SO THEN HE HAD
TO COME BACK AND DO THIS.))
OUT Q=and do this.
Len Besthoff, News-7.))
Police say Sharon Casey's children were in the apartment when she was
They're unharmed and in the care of relatives.
Witnesses to last night's stand- off had praise for police officers today.
They say the officers used restraint in their confrontation with Ortiz.
But every police shooting brings an internal investigation and a review by
the commonwealth's attorney's office.
Don Caldwell will determine whether the officers' actions were appropriate.
IN Q=So actually
((DON CALDWELL/ROANOKE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: SO ACTUALLY YOU HAVE TWO
SIMULTANEOUS INVESTIGATIONS GOING ON AT THIS TIME, THE SHOOTING OF THE
DEFENDANT BY THE POLICE AND THE SHOOTING OF THE TWO LADIES BY THE DEFENDANT.))
OUT Q=by the defendant.
Caldwell expects to seek indictments against Ortiz when the grand jury
meets on Monday.
He says he has not decided whether to pursue a CAPITAL murder charge.
An employee inside a Danville juvenile detention home helped avert a
potentially dangerous hostage situation.
Danville police say two juveniles at the W- W Moore Detention home took
three staff members hostage at gunpoint around one- thirty this morning.
The three were held inside a room for about an hour before one of the
employees managed to grab the gun and run outside.
Police say about 42- juveniles were inside at the time-- they're still
determining who was involved.
IN Q=There was
((NEAL MORRIS/DANVILLE POLICE:THERE WAS CONSIDERABLE DAMAGE, HOWEVER, TO THE
INTERIORS BECAUSE THERE WAS A RAMPAGE INSIDE WITH PEOPLE THROWING STUFF AROUND,
THROWING TV MONITORS, THEY SET OFF THE FIRE EXTINGUISHER INTO THE FLOOR AREA
AND THINGS LIKE THAT. ))
SUPER=01-Neal Morris/Danville Police Chief; :00
OUT Q=like that.
Danville police are trying to figure out how a gun was smuggled inside the
So far, three juveniles have been charged.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at 11, the General Assembly gathers again to
challenge the Governor's vetoes,
and parents in several states are worried as some school children are fed
MUSIC UP FULL
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SUPER=83-Down 1.01 feet/Down 1.02 feet;Lake levels
Thousands of children may have been exposed to the Hepatitis A Virus-
The source- tainted strawberries served in school cafeterias.
John Roberts reports-
SUPER=03-Calhoun Co., MI; 00
SUPER=01-Joe Carver/Calhoun Co. Health Officer; 14
SUPER=01-Eric Smalek/Student; 36
SUPER=03-Los Angeles; 46
SUPER=01-Scorro Serrano/L.A. Unifed School District; 53 quick!
OUT Q=forced to resign."
((In Western Michigan--ground zero of the outbreak--they're still
In the middle of march, when people started getting ill--Calhoun County
health officer Joe Carver called in the centers for disease control.
JOE CARVER:WE NORMALLY SEE 3-5 CASES A YEAR. WHEN WE STARTED GETTING INTO
NUMBERS OF 25-30-40--WE KNEW WE HAD A SERIOUS OUTBREAK.
An investigation turned up frozen strawberries supplied by the
department of agriculture for school lunches as the culprit.
Strawberries Erik Smalek ate.
In Los Angeles--as many as 10 thousand students may have been exposed
to the same batch of tainted strawberries last week.
SCORRO SERRANO/LA UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: WORKING WITH THE HEALTH DEPARTMENT,
WE ARE NOW SETTING UP SOME CLINICS TO INOCULATE THE STUDENTS.
There's been no reported cases yet--but the incubation period runs 28
And the story takes another turn--it was learned today the fruit was
illegally labeled as grown in the U.S.
According to federal law, foods sold to the school lunch program must come
These strawberries were actually grown in Mexico, shipped to a San
Diego company--processed and frozen. 1.7 million pounds were sold to the
department of agriculture, guaranteed as home grown--then distributed to
school districts in 6 states.
Investigators from the FDA and CDC are now trying to determine if the
strawberries were contaminated in mexico or at the Andrew and Williamson
processing plant in San Diego. Today, the CEO of that company was forced to
Mexico says its not responsible- the berries were probably contaminated
during processing and packing.
A fruit dealer there claims Mexico has rigorous procedures handling fruit
A robbery and shootout are caught on tape at a Louisiana grocery store-
One person is dead- a suspect who was shot by police.
Investigators say the officer confronted the 17 year old suspect- and then
shot him when he pulled out a gun.
((NAT SOUND ))
OUT Q=NAT SOUND
The officer then fired off several more rounds in an attempt to prevent
the other two suspects from getting SUPER=03-Shreveport, LA;
away. Those two men are still on the loose.
The botched robbery happened around 11:00 last night at Consumer's Grocery.
Botetourt County authorities are looking for help in catching an armed
A man walked into Scott's Thrift Store last 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 work of the 1997 General Assembly is wrapping up tonight... and Governor
George Allen has done well.
Many of his vetoes and amendments have withstood the legislature's best
That includes the 700-thousand dollars the Governor slashed for Roanoke's
College of Health Sciences.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=As a result
SUPER=01-Del. Jack Reid/(R) Henrico Co.; ::10
SUPER=01-Sen. Jane Woods/(R) Fairfax; :31
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; :47 QUICK!!
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( sot J TAPE 13:30:29
((DEL. DICK CRANWELL: AS A RESULT... NO SALARY INCREASES.))
sot J TAPE 13:34:47
((DEL. JACK REID: THIS IS THE SITUATION LAST YEAR WHEN WE WERE HANDED
PICTURES...DIDN'T GET RAISES.))
A two thirds vote was needed to fund the college.
Roanoke lawmakers couldn't get it.
On gun control, the Governor, the NRA and rural lawmakers beat back a ban on
guns in Fairfax County teen recreation centers.
SOT J TAPE 12:27:13
((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.))
SOT J TAPE 12:17:55
((SEN. JOE GARTLAN: WE HAVE A CONSISTENCY RULE. DO WHATEVER PLEASES THE
((SO THE NRA IS A WINNER. IRONICALLY, REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR JIM
GILMORE OPPOSED THE GOVERNOR'S STANCE ON THIS ISSUE. NORTHERN VIRGINIA VOTERS
MAY APPRECIATE THAT STANCE IN A POPULOUS REGION. ELLEN QUALLS, NEWS 7,
Soft Music Under
Coming up a little later in the newscast, the middle east will soon be dining
and we'll see how Thomas Jefferson's secret hiding place is not such a secret
MUSIC UP FULL
Thomas Jefferson called it his hidden treasure, but modern-day visitors are
beginning to rediscover Jefferson's Bedford County retreat.
A large crowd of tourists helped Poplar Forest kick off its 1997 season
While not as well-known as Monticello, Thomas Jefferson's summer home is
starting to come into its own.
Tourism officials say the recent Ken Burns documentary on P-B-S and a new
pass to all nine Jefferson sites should help boost visitation.
IN Q=Anything that we
((SHERYL KINGERY/POPLAR FOREST: ANYTHING THAT WE GET A NATIONAL FOCUS ON
VIRGINIA AS A HISTORIC TRAVEL DESTINATION IS GOING TO HELP US. I THINK WE'LL
INCREASE I HOPE THIS YEAR. WE'VE ALREADY SEEN AN INCREASE IN OUR SCHOOL GROUP
BOOKINGS, EVEN IN THE SPRING. SO I THINK OUR NAME IS BECOMING SORT OF
RECOGNIZABLE BY TEACHERS, AT LEAST IN THAT PROFESSION.))
SUPER=01-Sheryl Kingery/Poplar Forest; :00
OUT Q=in that profession.
Poplar Forest is also a work in progress.
Scaffolding surrounds the outside of the building, but officials hope to
complete the exterior renovation by the end of this year.
Wind is usually good when you're sailing- but 40 mile an hour winds were too
much for one sailboat off Cape Hatteras, North Carolina.
SUPER=03-Off Cape Hatteras, NC;
The sail ripped- stranding 6 people aboard the boat.
The group spent 24 hours adrift before help arrived.
Another vessel, the Sea Wolf maneuvered alongside the 34 foot sailboat- the
passengers were able to to board it through a hatch.
The sailboat, Alegra, was on its way from Charleston, South Carolina to
it's home of Annapolis, Maryland.
SUPER=330-Mostly Clear/Light Winds/30-34/Mostly Sunny/And Mild/70-74;
SUPER=331-Clear And/Pleasant/38-42/Mostly Sunny/Wind W-10/74-76;
SUPER=332-Clear And/Cold/24-26/Mostly Sunny/Wind W-10/68-72;
SUPER=333-Clear And/Chilly/30-34/Mostly Sunny/Light Wind/64-66;
SUPER=334-Clear And/Cold/28-32/Mostly Sunny/Wind W-15/70-72;
The Roanoke Express opened the first round of the East Coast Hockey league
playoffs tonight at the Scope in Norfolk against the Hampton Road Admirals.
SUPER=03-Hampton/Admirals vs Express; :
The Admirals wasted no time in getting on the board leading one to nothing
Hampton gets it to Dominique Malteis he scores the goal and the Admirals took
the one to nothing lead in the second period.
The Express answered that goal in SUPER=38-Hampton/3/Roanoke/3/;the
second period Eric Landry gets the puck on the power play and scores to make it
2 to 1 Hampton and the game is in the second overtime tied 3 to 3.
The Russian Junior National team continued its tour through the area this
time stopping off to take on a team from Martinsville.
The Virginia Select team getting ready for last night's tip off.
Virginia gets on the board Leander Preston from Martinsville hits this
jumper to give the team a 9 point lead.
Floyd County's Travis Cantrell would drive in for the one handed layup as
Virginia takes a 11 point lead.
But the Russians wouldn't give up as Valdimir Belchilcov throws this pass
to Alexander Miloserdov who gets the jam to cut into the lead.
Virginia's Iro Tenngren works his SUPER=33-Virginia/92/Russia/88/;way
inside for the short jumper and scores and Virginia goes on to win the game 92
Down at The Rivers Edge last night 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.
Cal Ripken will be with the Orioles for at least two more years. The All
Star outfielder has agreed to a two year contract extension that will pay him
15 point one million dollars over the 1998 and 1999 seasons.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/KCWB; :
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 4 to 2.
Outfielder Gary Sheffield of the Florida Marlins is 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."
That's it for sports. Have a great day everybody.
Roger Clemens was on the mound for the first time as a Toronto Blue Jay for
that and all of the scores lets check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
OUT Q=....last score."
And coming up, The Winston Cup Drivers talk about their first trip to Texas
And Steve Mason has a chat with Virginia Tech third baseman Chad Foutz from
Virginia Tech is At West Virginia today and tomorrow for a two game stint.
Steve Mason catches us up to date on the Hokies and a local player who has
been ripping the cover off the ball. Steve.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=01-Chad Foutz/Va. Tech Sophomore Third Baseman; :19
SUPER=03-Rocky Mount/1995 Season; 1:03(QUICK)
OUT Q=News 7 sports"
((Foutz's current hot streak has pushed his season batting average to .375
with 26 RBI's. perhaps the biggest key to his increased bat savvy is the
Virginia Tech weight training program that Chad has dedicated himself to.
While his offense is up to speed; Foutz has also leaned to take care of his
bread and butter.
The Hokies are 4 and 2 in the Atlantic 10 and in 2 nd place in the West .
Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
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.
Kentucky Fried Chicken is venturing far from Kentucky- to the Gaza strip.
SUPER=03-Gaza City, Gaza;
KFC opened its newest restaurant in Gaza City today.
The language may look foreign- but the familiar Colonel's face in the
window is the same.
It's the first American fast food chain to open a restaurant in the
Palestinian Autonomous territories.
Diners by the way said they welcomed the arrival. They say it offers more
variety in the food available in Gaza.