Next on News 7-
A Roanoke woman and her mother are murdered- An ex-boyfriend is then shot by
police. We'll show you the dramatic scene-
Plus two of the largest on line- services may become one.
Spring is working full force for the rest of the week. Readings near 70 each
On Health Check-- the latest development in breast cancer research.
Plus-- children in six states may have been exposed to the hepatitis A
virus by eating contaminated strawberries in their school cafeterias.
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IN Q=are they dead
((MIGUEL ORTIZ; ARE THEY DEAD MAN, I'M ASKING YOU ARE THEY DEAD? ))
OUT Q=are they dead
A suicidal murder suspect pleads with police to tell him if his
ex-girlfriend and her mother are dead...
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon
A mother and daughter ARE dead, and the man accused of shooting them is shot
by police during a standoff.
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Eric Earnhart is at the East Caru apartments, to tell us more about what
Jean, the standoff began when police were called to the East Caru apartments
and found the bodies of two women, mother and daughter, both shot.
As police began the task of investigating the murder scene here, someone saw
the suspect, 23 year old Miguel Ortiz, standing among bystanders.
There was a scuffel, and Ortiz pulled a gun and ran a short distance, then
stopped and put the gun to his head...
IN Q=from there the 2 hour
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :00
OUT Q=once in the stomach
(( From there the 2 hour standoff began...
Ortiz walking in circles, sometimes holding the gun to his head, sometimes
at his side...
Asking to talk to his mother and sister, and asking, sometimes pleading to
know if his ex-girlfriend, 23-year-old Sharon Casey, and her mother, 42 year
old Deborah Casey, were dead.
IN Q=somebody please
((ORTIZ; SOMEBODY PLEASE JUST LET ME KNOW ARE THEY DEAD MAN? ARE THEY MAN? ))
OUT Q=are they man?
With swat team members standing by, negotiators asked Ortiz to put down his
weapon, but Ortiz refused, asking police instead, to shoot him.
IN Q=why don't you
((ORTIZ; WHY DON'T YOU COME SHOOT ME? WHY DON'T YOU COME SHOOT ME?))
OUT Q=come shoot me?
The standoff ended when Ortiz begins to walk away... as police follow him he
According to the police report, he then stopped turned around and pointed
the gun at police... that's when police shot him once in the stomach.))
The hospital is not releasing any information about Ortiz's condition... we
only know that he is alive.
Officials have told us they expect him to survive...Jean?
In Danville, there are still many questions surrounding a hostage situation
inside a 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- young people inside the facility-- police say many of them
No one was hurt. No one escaped, but police say the interior of the building
was heavily damaged.
America OnLine and Compu-Serve are competitors- but that may not be the case
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.
Noxious fumes filled a Fort Worth Office building-for the second time in
just two days.
SUPER=03-Fort Worth, TX;
It all started yesterday when several workers were overcome by fumes-
One thousand employees were evacuated- the building checked- ruled safe, and
workers were allowed back.
Today it happened again- workers complained of headaches, nausea and
72 people were taken to area hospitals.
No word on what the fumes were or where they came from.
It's the WARMTH after the storm- in the Northeast.
That means melting snow, but it's going to take awhile to get rid of it
Cleanup is slow-going.
It's tough to reach your destination, or in this case, even get to the bus.
Many streets are still blocked by snowdrifts.
People with shovels are out in force- Many residents are still without
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Governor Allen takes center stage for the one-day veto session...Ellen
Qualls has a live report, next on NEWS-7 at Five...
Plus, it's opening day at Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest... they're
banking on Jefferson's recent popularity to draw even more visitors this year.
On Health Check, new theories on chronic low back pain and the correlation
with mental health.
The latest research finds patients should also be treated for stress.
Later, Patrick has a live report from the Salem Museum.
Plus the Two Minute Ticker, when we come back.
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The 1997 General Assembly is crossing it's T'S and dotting it's I's.
It's also blackening some eyes in its final one-day session of the year.
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Ellen Qualls is at the state capitol with the latest.
Jean, some of the fights we fought in February came back today.
The most controversial only applies to teen recreation centers in Fairfax...
but increases the heat between rural and urban legislators over gun control.
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IN Q=There are
SUPER=01-Sen. Jane Woods/(R) Fairfax; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; :21
OUT Q=on the wall.
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((SEN. JANE WOODS/R-FAIRFAX: THERE ARE VERY FEW REASONS WHY SOMEONE NEEDS A
WEAPON, CERTAINLY AN ILLEGAL WEAPON, IN A TEEN CENTER.))
But Governor George Allen vetoed a bill that would ban them... calling it an
utterly useless "feel good" measure.
Northern Virginia lawmakers blasted the Governor's veto.
SOT J TAPE 12:17:09
((SEN. JOE GARTLAN/D-FAIRFAX: I AM HUMBLED BY THIS TO REALIZE THE GREATNESS OF
SOUL THAT CAN GENERATE THE INCONSISTENCY THAT COMES DOWN WITH THIS CHICKEN POX
ATTACK ON PUBLIC POLICY.))
The only passionate defense of Allen's veto came from Bo Trumbo, who was
afraid it would ban plastic dart toy guns.
SOT J TAPE 12:29:29
((SEN. BO TRUMBO/R-FINCASTLE: IT IS A PLASTIC WHERE YOU PUT THE DART INTO IT
IN A SPRING, YOU SHOOT IT AGAINST A WALL, AND THE DART STOPS ON THE WALL AND IS
STUCK ON THE WALL.))
As with most of what we're seeing today, despite Republican Jim Gilmore's
opposition to the Governor, his veto stood.
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That's considered a victory for the NRA.
What happened to funding for Roanoke's College of Health Sciences?
That's another situation where the Governor's veto stood, despite the best
efforts of Dick Cranwell, Vic Thomas, Lacey Putney, and Republican Morgan
Jurors in the Oklahoma City bombing trial are being asked their thoughts on
the death penalty.
Some are for it, others oppose it.
In an exclusive interview, Timothy McVeigh's father spoke about the trial-
and the possibility of the death penalty.
((BILL MCVEIGH: THAT'S A TOUGH QUESTION BUT IF IT COMES TO THAT THERE'S NOT
MUCH WE CAN DO. IT'LL BE TERRIBLE AS A FATHER BUT OTHER THAN THAT I HAVEN'T
REALLY PUT A LOT OF THOUGHT TO IT.))
SUPER=07-Bill McVeigh; :06 quick!
OUT Q=a lot of thought to it."
So far only 12 jurors have been questioned-
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The contributions of African American women are on display at the Salem
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
History is replete with examples of those who achieved when the odds were
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
Today Patrick Evans profiles an exhibit at the Salem Museum that details
the historic contributions of African-American women.
SUPER=01-Mary Hill/Salem Museum;
SUPER=01-Marylen Harmon/Exhibit Consultant;
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health music under
In tonight's Two Minute Ticker--The Roanoke Express goes head to head with
Hampton on the road in the first game of the playoffs...
On Health Check-- the American Heart Association is targeting fad diets--
and pleading with the public to avoid the extreme.
IN Q=So I
((SO I TRIED ONLY WATERMELON FOR A WHILE. THAT ONE WAS RATHER INTERESTING.))
((THESE DIETS OFFER MAGIC CURES. I THINK THE MAGICAL QUALITIES ARE
ATTRACTIVE TO PEOPLE, AH, BUT UNFORTUNATELY, THEY FLY IN THE FACE OF SCIENCE.))
OUT Q=face of science.
health bump next
It's being called new intelligence in the war on breast cancer.
SUPER=03-New York; :
New York researchers say they've isolated a molecule believed to trigger
IN Q=In breast cancer
((DR. CRAIG MALBON/STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER: IN BREAST CANCER WE
FIND IN ALL OF THE PATIENTS WE HAVE EXAMINED WITH INVASIVE
TUMORS A HYPER EXPRESSION OF THE SWITCH THAT PUSHES THIS SWITCH TO A
PERMANENTLY "ON" POSITION AND INTO A DANGER ZONE WHERE UNCHECKED CELL
SUPER=01-Dr. Craig Malbon/Stony Brook Univ. Med. Center; :
OUT Q=cell proliferation.
The discovery could lead to new methods for early detection-- which means
better treatment for breast cancer.
Breast cancer strikes about 180-thousand American women each year-- and is
expected to kill 44-thousand yearly.
School cafeterias in six states may unknowingly have put a virus on the
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/LA Unified School District; :
OUT Q=processing time,
SUPER=03-Los Angeles; :
The other states that received the tainted berries are Arizona, California,
Georgia, Iowa and Tennessee.
Hepatitis A causes a mild liver infection-- it's spread through uncooked
A new study in the Journal of the American Psychological Association finds
coping with stress may be an important step in relieving low back pain.
IN Q=People are not
((JEFF FRIEDMAN/PSYCHOLOGIST: PEOPLE ARE USUALLY NOT AWARE OF WHERE THEY'RE
HOLDING TENSION. AND WHEN WE HOOK PEOPLE UP TO BIOFEEDBACK EQUIPMENT, THEY
MIGHT SAY THAT THEY FEEL
RELAXED, BUT THE MONITORS ARE SHOWING THAT THEIR TENSION IS INCREASING.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Friedman/Psychologist; :
OUT Q=is increasing.
The study recommends that chronic lower back pain be treated as both a
medical and psychological disorder.
When it comes to developing healthy eating habits-- don't swallow a FAD
diet to lose weight.
That's the main message behind a new American Heart Association campaign.
IN Q=My most important
SUPER=01-Naomi Henderson/Dieter; :00
SUPER=01-Dr. Ronald Krauss/American Heart Association; :22
SUPER=01-Barry Sears/Diet Author; :55
OUT Q=in America.
IN Q=My most
((NAOMI HENDERSON/DIETER: MY MOST IMPORTANT WEIGHT LOSS WAS LEMON JUICE AND
WATER AND MAPLE SYRUP AND CAYENNE PEPPER. NOW THERE IS A DIET A GIRL CAN LIVE
OUT Q=live on.
For 25 years, Naomi Henderson was up and down the fad diet rollercoaster.
She recently had surgery for gallstones-- likely the result of years of
gaining, then losing weight.
IN Q=We really do
((DR. RONALD KRAUSS/AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION: WE REALLY DO WANT TO PREVENT
PEOPLE FROM GOING OFF THE DEEP END IN TRYING TO FOLLOW SOME OF THESE EXTREME
DIETS. THEY MAKE NO SENSE
NUTRITIONALLY, THEY'RE POTENTIALLY DANGEROUS. ))
OUT Q=potentially dangerous.
The Heart Association has targeted everything from single food diets like
the cabbage soup craze-- to high protein low carbohydrate diets like the
best-selling diet, "The Zone."
The Heart Association is calling on America to follow it's nutritional
guidelines of low fat, with lots of fruits and vegetables.
But Zone Diet author Barry Sears says the guidelines haven't helped enough
Americans lose weight.
IN Q=The problem
(( BARRY SEARS/DIET AUTHOR: THE PROBLEM IS NOT BEING SOLVED BY THE DIET THAT
THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION HAS RECOMMENDED FOR THE LAST 15 YEARS, SO IT'S
UPON THEIR LEADERSHIP TO FIND NEW ALTERNATIVES TO SOLVE THIS GROWING PROBLEM IN
OUT Q=problem in America
Some 58 million Americans are now obese-- one out of every three Americans
SPorts is next...Hampton is ROanoke's opponent tonight on the ice for the
first game of the playoffs.
Roy Stanley has a preivew-- along with a delayed opening day for the Orioles.
Thank You Ladies and welcome to the two minute ticker. The Orioles opened
their season today against Kansas city and the score is 2 to nothing Baltimore
through 5 innings. And Florida Marlin Outfielder Gary Sheffield said Show me
the Money and the Florida Marlins did.
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 basketball, Ohio State has hired Jim O'Brien to run the basketball
program in Columbus.
He's been the Hoops coach at Boston College the past 11 seasons. Details
of the offer were not released but reports say it is for five years at about
650-thousand dollars per year.
GRAPHIC=Express/Hampton Game 1
The Roanoke Express opens the first round of the Kelly Cup playoffs tonight
at 7:30 in Norfolk at the Scope against Hampton Roads.
This is Roanoke's first meeting against the Admirals in the playoffs. But
the same keys to victory hold true for the Express-- the play of Dubkov,
Jablonski, Stewart and, of course, goalie Dave Gagnon.
IN Q="The last
((DAVE GAGNON/EXPRESS GOALIE:))
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Dave Gagnon/Express Goalie; :00
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :25
OUT Q=...win the game"
More sports coming up at Six-- but stick around for more NEWS-7 at FIVE,
right after this short break.
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.
Coming up on News-7 at Six, more on the double murder and standoff last
night in Roanoke.
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/LEN
Len Besthoff has more on the shooting victims.
Jean both familySUPER=@LEN1;
and friends speak highly of Sharon and Deborah Casey.
IN Q=Everybody loved
((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
SUPER=01-Sean Turner/Victim's Relative;
OUT Q=you out.
Relatives wonder if this double murder could have been prevented.
They say Sharon Casey had complained to police before about her ex-
boyfriend, the primary suspect in this case.
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We also spoke with the alleged gunman's co- workers, who say he half-
jokingly stated on several occasions that he was going to kill his ex-
girlfriend and her mother.
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.
have a nice evening, Goodnight