Next on News 7 at Five-
Brush fires are burning this afternoon in Roanoke and Bedford Counties.
We'll have a live report.
Plus a potential starter for Virginia Tech Football is booted off the team.
Dry today, dry tomorrow and even warmer. The weekend may bring a shower.
That story and a look at the comet coming up.
On Health Check-- tonight we feature Turner's Syndrome, a condition which
keeps girls from growing.
Plus-- new findings that inflammation inside arteries could be as powerful
as cholesterol in triggering heart attacks and strokes.
FIre crews throughout Bedford and Roanoke Counties battle several small
GRAPHIC=NEWS-7 AT FIVE
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
The danger level is increasing as fire fighters try to contain a string of
brush fires there.
DOUBLE BOXES JEAN/SCOTT
Scott Prince has been tracking the trail, and he joins us from the Niagra Dam
overlook on the Blue Ridge Parkway.
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IN Q=right now
SUPER=01-Chris Thomson/Resource Forester;
OUT Q=go that long.
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double boxes Jean/Scott
(questions: How are the weather conditions effecting all this? )
Police in Hillsville are surrounding a trailer at this hour, where a man has
shot and wounded two women.
One of the victims, a 16-year-old girl, was shot in the chest and taken to
The other victim, her mother, is lying in the yard and is presumed dead.
Police are engaged in a tense standoff with the girl's father and the
woman's husband, 37-year-old Donnie Ray Dalton.
Family members tell News-7 that Dalton and his wife have been separated for
a couple of weeks. After a court hearing today, Audry Dalton went home to pick
up her things and was gunned down in the yard.
Dalton and police exchanged a barrage of gunfire just a few minutes ago.
One person has been hospitalized after jumping off a train trestle into the
James River this afternoon.
Authorities say two people apparently were walking across the trestle when a
southbound Norfolk-Southern train approached, forcing them to jump.
One fell about 80-feet into the James River and was recovered on the Amherst
22- year- old Mandy Shackelford and 23- year Gabriel Forest have been taken
to Lynchburg General Hospital Shackelford is in critical condition.
Sheriff's authorities are investigating the accident.
The leading candidate to start at tight end for Virginia Tech next season is
kicked off the football team.
Blacksburg police charged 20 year old Pedro Edison with two counts of
destruction of property and resisting arrest.
Edison allegedly kicked in a car window at University Terrace apartments.
Police say they had to use spray to subdue Edison after he resisted arrest.
They say he also kicked out the window of a police cruiser while sitting in
the back seat.
Edison was already due to serve two months in jail this summer for a fatal
car accident in Staunton last year.
Republican Attorney General Jim Gilmore set out today to make a million
dollars and Virginia fundraising history.
But he also made a big decision.
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IN Q=I will resign
((ATTORNEY GENERAL JIM GILMORE: I WILL RESIGN THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY
GENERAL OF VIRGINIA ON JUNE 11TH.))
((GILMORE: TO MAINTAIN PUBLIC CONFIDENCE IN THAT OFFICE, THAT OFFICE DESERVES
NO LESS. AND THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA DESERVE NO LESS THAN A FULL-TIME CANDIDATE
FOR GOVERNOR OF VIRGINIA.))
SOT TAPE TWO 12:55:11
((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: IT'S A BRAVE DECISION. IT WAS THE RIGHT DECISION.
PERSONALLY THOUGH, I WAS TALKING ABOUT HOW HE'S BEEN SUCH A GOOD ALLY AND
TRUSTED FRIEND, I'LL MISS HIM.))
OUT Q=miss him.
But Gilmore's giving his boss two months' notice.
He won't give up his 97-thousand dollar a year post until the day after he's
nominated for governor.
So as Attorney General, he tripped around the state today with former
Vice-President Dan Quayle on a fundraiser tour his staff called the "million
A picture with the big wigs and a place at the table cost one thousand
dollars per person.
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Protecting the identities of jurors in the Oklahoma City bombing trial...
The latest coming up tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE--plus-- with the
recent contaminated strawberries in several states, is the bad press hurting
If it's a common theme around your house....we might have some insight
Take out the trash-- but don't miss Health Check.
Also coming up-- they're boxing up books and sending them out to Africa...
Patrick has an update when we come back.
A van hauling prisoners burst into flames in Tennessee- killing six
Another prisoner and a driver are hurt.
It happened in Dickson- about 35 miles west of Nashville.
A state official says the van went up in flames when the drive shaft or the
axle broke and punctured the gas tank.
The state prisoners were shackled to each other, but not to the van.
The driver tried to save them but could not. He was burned.
Day four of jury selection in the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
Only the attorneys, the judge and Tim McVeigh can see potential jurors during
((TOM KELLEY/ATTORNEY: MY FEAR IS THIS VERY IMPORTANT PART OF THE TRIAL IS NOT
GOING TO BE TRULY PUBLIC.))
OUT Q=be truly public."
Kelley says he doesn't want the public to know jurors' names.
But he questions why jury selection is being made behind closed doors.
((JOHN WALSH/CBS NEWS CONSULTANT:
ONE OF THE THINGS THAT JUDGE MATSCH HAS SAID IS THAT HE WANTS TO PROTECT THE
PRIVACY OF THE JURORS.))
SUPER=01-John Walsh/CBS News Consultant;
OUT Q=PRIVACY OF THE JURORS."
Some say the judge is also trying to protect their safety.
Berry growers want Americans to know strawberries are safe.
SUPER=03-Santa Maria, CA;
U-S growers worry a hepatitis scare blamed on Mexican berries- will hurt
((YES IT SCARES US QUITE A BIT. WE FEEL PEOPLE MAY JUST HEAR THE WORD AND NOT
KNOW THE STORY OF WHAT'S INVOLVED.))
OUT Q=of what's involved.
Industry leaders say consumers should not worry about California berries.
They say California has stricter quality control than foreign nations and
most other states.
California produces 80 percent of the domestic strawberry crop.
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Roanoke is rallying together to help people in Africa, educationally....with
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
The "Books for Africa" campaign has been quite successful. Thousands of
books have already been collected.
The question now is what's happening with all those books?
Patrick Evans has the answer.
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health music under
The Roanoke Express ran out of steam last night in the first game of the
playoffs-- Roy has highlights in tonight's Two Minute Ticker...
As thousands of people in six states may have been exposed to the Hepatitis
Food safety advocates want a new federal agency.
They say the government isn't protecting the safety of the nation's food
IN Q=The multiple
(( THE MULTIPLE AGENCIES CURRENTLY RESPONSIBLE FOR FOOD SAFETY ARE ALL STEP
CHILDREN WITHIN THEIR OWN DEPARTMENTS. ))
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The government is still trying to figure out how fruit in the federal
school lunch program got contaminated with the hepatitis-A virus.
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Students in six states may have been exposed to the disease--
At many schools, they're trying to stave off possible outbreaks by giving
out shots of gamma globulin.
Michigan is the only state where an outbreak is confirmed-- about 150
people have come down with the bug.
Food safety advocates converged Capitol Hill this week--
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :
demanding a new food agency that can quote-- "make food safe from FARM to
IN Q=This beautiful
((NANCY DONLEY/"SAFE TABLES OUR PRIORITY" THIS BEAUTIFUL LITTLE RED-HEADED
LITTLE BOY DIED A GRUESOME DEATH FROM EATING E.COLI 0157H5 CONTAMINATED
HAMBURGER. BUT IT JUST AS WELL COULD HAVE BEEN FROM HIS SALAD OR APPLE JUICE OR
FROM SWIMMING IN CONTAMINATED WATER. ))
SUPER=01-Nancy Donley/"Safe Tables Our Priority"
OUT Q=contaminated water.
As many as nine-thousand Americans die each year from food-borne illnesses.
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
IN Q=We found
((WE FOUND THAT THE BASELINE LEVELS OF THIS INFLAMMATORY MARKER SEEM TO PREDICT
THE FUTURE RISK OF THEM GOING ON TO HAVE EITHER A HEART ATTACK OR A STROKE. ))
OUT Q=or a stroke.
It' still a mystery why the micro-inflammation occurs.
The study is reported in the "New England Journal of Medicine."
Maybe you've never heard of Turner's Syndrome-- it's a genetic condition
that affects only girls.
Though the cause isn't completely understood, the effects are.
SUPER=04-Baylor College of Medicine; :
One of the main characteristics of Turner's-- patients are very short.
IN Q=They can
((THEY CAN HAVE PUFFY HANDS AND PUFFY FEET WHICH IN A NEWBORN COULD BE A TIPOFF
OF TURNER'S SYNDROME. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Carlos Bacino/Geneticist; :
OUT Q=Turner's Syndrome
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
But the condition can go undiagnosed for many years.
Growth hormone can be given to help patients grow.
They may also have kidney and cardiac abnormalities-- which are treatable.
And infertility is another aspect of Turner's Syndrome that patients face.
IN Q=The reproductive
((DR. JOHN KIRKLAND/PEDIATRIC ENDOCRINOLOGIST: THE REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGISTS HAVE
MADE TREMENDOUS ADVANCES AND WITH APPROPRIATE HORMONE MANIPULATION AND A DONOR
EGG, PREGNANCY IS A POSSIBILITY.))
SUPER=01-Dr. John Kirkland/Pediatric Endocrinologist; :
For more information, contact the Turner's Syndrome Society at
Who does the nagging in your house?
Researchers say women nag more than men because they have more to nag
The study at Ohio State University involved about 50 couples.
It found women are more likely to demand a change in the behavior of their
And the researchers say husbands are more likely to withdraw in response to
a wife's complaint.
That withdrawal may take the form of brief answers, trying to change the
subject-- or promising to change.
Next--in sports...The ROanoke Express kept it close, but it wasnt enough on
the road in Hampton.
Roy has highlights along with a mini-pep rally.
Thank you ladies and welcome lets get right to the two minute ticker. The
Roanoke Express opened the first round of the East Coast Hockey league playoffs
last night at the Scope in Norfolk against the Hampton Road Admirals.
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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/4/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 admirals win it in three overtimes 4 to 3.
GRAPHIC=express/hampton roads game 2
The Express plays Hampton Roads tomorrow night in Norfolk in game two of
the Kelly Cup Playoffs. Game three faces off at the Round House Saturday night
at 7:30. About a month ago; your Hometown Station aired the WDBJ 7 ways to
being a hockey fan.
Roundhouse Wrapup Full
Many requests came in; asking us to show the story again. So; here's Steve
Mason with round two of how to be a hockey fan in this edition of Round House
PEEL FULL SCREEN TO MASON
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SUPER=01-Chris Lipsett/Express Center; :16
SUPER=01-Doug Searle/Express Defenseman; :30
SUPER=01-Dave Stewart/Express Defenseman; :54
SUPER=01-J.F. Tremblay/Express Right Winger; 1;04 quick
SUPER=08-Matt O'Dette/Express Defenseman
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; 1:38
Ricky Craven crashes at Texas more coming up at six Connie and Jean will be
back in a moment.
Two disc jockeys at a Roanoke radio station were off the air again today,
reportedly suspended for an April Fool's Day joke.
Two hundred listeners of WROV-FM turned out Tuesday at Memorial Stadium in
The event was billed as a casting call for a sequel to the movie "Bull
But it proved to be an April Fool's promotion.
Station Mananger Joe Conway says the suspension of Sam Giles and Mark
Nelson was not just another publicity stunt.
He says he expects them to return to their afternoon shift soon, perhaps as
early as tomorrow.
TOnight on News-7 at Six...Tracy ALtizer joins us live from Hillsville with
the very latest on a standoff there.
Plus a woman who was in Sharon Casey's apartment right before an
ex-boyfriend shot and killed Casey and her mother spoke today.
Atoka Coles describes herself as Sharon Casey's best friend.
Both Coles and another close friend of Casey's say Casey and Mike Ortiz
fought before their breakup, but Ortiz's actions Tuesday night still came as a
The story tonight at six