TAPE#net (edit of 97-20)
Friends and family of the victims and suspect in Tuesday night's double
murder and ensuing standoff were shocked.
Miguel Ortiz allegedly shot his ex-girlfiend Sharon Casey and her mother
The 23- year- old suspect showed up in the crowd of onlookers while police
were investigating the bodies at the East Caru Apartments.
One of the Casey's relatives said he tried to help Sharon Casey after she
got in a fight with ex- boyfriend Tuesday night.
IN Q=I get
((SEAN TURNER/VICTIM'S RELATIVE: I GET IN MY CAR I GO HOME THEN TEN MINUTES
LATER MY MOTHER CALLS ME ON THE PHONE SCREAMING AND CRYING THAT HE HAD COME
BACK AND SHOT BOTH OF THEM AND KILLED THEM.))
SUPER=01-Sean Turner/Victim's Relative;
OUT Q=killed them.
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.
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?))
((RODNEY OTEY/ORTIZ CO-WORKER: IF HE HAD PLANNED THIS, I WOULDA KNOWN. SO IT
COULDN'T A BEEN NOTHING THAT WAS PLANNED. YOU KNOW LIKE I SAID. IT HAD TO
BEEN JUST SOMETHING THAT HE JUST, IT WAS JUST BUILT UP IN HIM AT THE TIME.))
SUPER=01-Lonnie Taylor/Ortiz Co-Worker; :00
SUPER=01-Rodney Otey/Ortiz Co-Worker;:05
OUT Q=at the time.
Police say Sharon Casey's children were in the apartment when she was
They're unharmed and in the care of relatives.
Police say they waited until Ortiz turned the gun on an officer before
Those who witnessed the standoff
say the officers used restraint.
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
He says he has not decided whether to pursue a CAPITAL murder charge.
Republican Attorney General James Gilmore will soon have a full time job
drawing NO paycheck.
Gilmore-beyer, 97-14, 3/24/97
Gilmore today announced he will resign June 11th to devote all his time to
his campaign for governor, and to avoid the appearance of a possible conflict
Gilmore's decision is not a first--previous Virginia attorney generals who
have run for governor have also resigned.
Gilmore today also called on his Democratic opponent, Lieutenant Governor
Don Beyer, to follow his example and resign while campaigning for governor.
The 19-97 General Assembly is officially over and Governor Allen is calling
it a good session.
Many of his vetoes and amendments withstood the legislature's best attacks.
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,
U-S Senator Chuck Robb is away from the capital, on the traditional Senate
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, and says he'll make the necessary cuts
to adjust the budget. He admits the group is prepared to take the heat for
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.
Blacksburg police have arrested ANOTHER Virginia Tech football player.
Twenty-one- year- old Pedro Edison, a rising junior on scholarship, is
charged with obstructing justice and two counts of destruction of property.
Police responded to University Terrace just before midnight when a caller
said a man had used his foot to shatter a car windshield.
Witnesses identified Edison, whom police had to be subdue with pepper spray.
Edison was placed in the back seat of a marked police car. Within minutes,
police say he kicked out a back window.
He was freed early this morning on five thousand dollars bond.
It's day four of jury selection in the Oklahoma City bombing trial.
And a hearing is scheduled on whether the tedious process should be open
to the media.
So far, all but one of the 19 potential jurors interviews remain in the
Among them, a convicted thief, a man with I-R-S troubles, and a woman with
Some possible candidates have even expressed strong opinions against
defendant Timothy McVeigh AND against the death penalty.
It'll likely be weeks for the jury is fully chosen.
A series of bomb THREATS and one actual bomb brought traffic to a standstill
in central England today.
British police set off a controlled explosion on a suspected device along a
The bomb threats were made during the morning rush hour, creating chaos for
Traffic was backed up for 10 mles both ways while police conducted
Thousands of students in half- a- dozen states will be vaccinated after the
recent Hepatitis- A scare.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
An investigation continues into the San Diego packing plant that used
Mexican- grown strawberries for school lunches-- a violation of federal law.
SUPER=03-Santa Maria, CA;
Meanwhile, U-S growers are worried the incident will harm their sales.
Some farmers are reporting some losses.
But industry leaders assure consumers they should NOT worry about
California berries because of high quality controls.
Local fruit growers have some worries of their own.
Although it's nice and warm outside now, our area has had a number of chilly
There is some GOOD news.
Most of the fruit farmers we talked to said the recent cool air has not 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.
Those cause the fruit trees to bloom early... making them more vulnerable to
cool spring nights.
While the east coast is finally basking in warm April weather--
the recent two- foot snowfall is still causing problems for New Englanders.
The snow is now melting-- and cleanup has been slow- going in Boston.
Many of the city's side streets are still blocked by snow drifts and stuck
Meanwhile, tens of thousands of New England residents have been without
electricity since April Fool's Day. Officials say some places could be
in the dark until this weekend.
Meanwhile, Mother Nature was also shaking things up on the other side of the
SUPER=03-Kyushu Island, Japan;
An earthquake measuring five- point- five on the Richter scale shook a
southern Japanese island this morning.
The tremor caused landslides, and injured at least four people.
Officials believe the quake is an aftershock of another earthquake that
occurred last Wednesday.
That quake measured six- point- two on the Richter scale.
If you're ready for a new set of wheels, but don't want to invest in buying
a car-- How about leasing one?
But before you sign on the dotted like, there are making factors to
Consumer Reporter Jan Fox tells us how to lease a car, without being taken
for a ride.
IN Q=All Set Neal?
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :00
SUPER=01-Ira Dorfman/Leasewise User; :18
SUPER=01-Robert Ellis/Leasewise; 1:12 QUICK
OUT Q=for CBS News
((All set Neal, buckled in?
Neal and his dad are cruising in their brand new leased Ford Explorer. This
is not the first lease for Ira Dorfman. The first he negotiated on his own.
I'm not a rocket scientist, but I think I'm fairly well educated and I felt
like I was taken to the cleaners the last time around and this time I feel
like I did it on a more educated basis.
What Ira did was pay a $290 fee for "Leasewise" - a service from Consumers
Checkbook Magazine, a DC based nonprofit organization.
If I had gone back to the dealer I used the first time, it would have cost us
50 dollars more a month.
On a 3-and-a-half year lease, that works out to a savings of 2,100 dollars!
What you get is a written report that identifies the best lease plan near
you. Here's how it works:
You decide on the make, model, style, lease term and yearly mileage of the
car or truck you want.
Leasewise gets 5 dealers in the area to bid against one another.
First negotiation, the vehicle price.
Most lease ads are based on sticker, you don't want to be paying sticker for
Next, the interest rates and fees. Leasewise gets the dealer to lock in on
the entire lease package.
And finally, the comparison, to see which dealer is the cheapest. You get
two calculations, depending on whether you plan to purchase the car or turn
it back at the end of the lease.
I think the key thing is to really evaluate what your needs are, know how
many miles you really drive a year. Excess mileage charges will kill you on
Jan Fox for CBS News.
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.
Two Roanoke disc jockeys are off the air for a second day, reportedly on
suspension for an April Fool's Day joke.
On Tuesday, W-R-O-V invited fans to Salem Memorial Stadium. The event was
billed as a casting call for the sequel to the movie, "Bull Durham."
Two hundred people turned out for what proved to be a April Fool's joke.
Sam Giles and Mark Nelson were reportedly suspended after the event.
Contacted by phone this morning, Giles said he wants to get back to work.
He said the suspension was not another publicity stunt.
The public got its first peak at Thomas Jefferson's Bedford County summer
home since the Virginia statesman was featured in a P-B-S documentary.
Tourist officials hope a renewed interest in Jefferson's life will attract a
record number of visitors to Poplar Forest.
Steve Smallshaw reports.
IN Q=On average
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :00
SUPER=04-"Jefferson" PBS; :23
SUPER=01-Sheryl Kingery/Poplar Forest; :32
OUT Q=News7, Bedford County.
(( On average, seventeen thousand people stroll the grounds of the Poplar
Forest estate each year.
But if this first day of the 1997 season is any indication, those numbers
((UP NEAR THE SKYLIGHT IN THE CENTER, IT WAS HIGH..))
After spending years in the shadow of its better-known neighbor Monticello,
Thomas Jefferson's summer home in Bedford County is finally coming into its
In February, filmmaker Ken Burns debuted his Jefferson documentary on P-B-S.
Poplar Forest officials figure that can only be good for business.
IN Q=I think we'll
((SHERYL KINGERY/POPLAR FOREST: I THINK WE'LL SEE AN 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
OUT Q=in that profession.
Poplar Forest also is tied to the Jefferson Passport, an all-access
admission pass to nine Jefferson- related sites across Virginia.
IN Q=With the emphasis
((KINGERY: WITH THE EMPHASIS ON JEFFERSON, THERE'S SO MANY SITES ACROSS
VIRGINIA, SO ONE TIME YOU COULD GO THREE DAYS AND SEE THREE SITES AND THEN YOU
CAN COME BACK ANOTHER WEEKEND. SO WE'RE HOPING IT WILL ENCOURAGE REPEAT
OUT Q=repeat visitation.
And Kingery says to fully appreciate Poplar Forest, you NEED to keep coming
back, as renovations continue to change not only the building's appearance, but
how tour guides tell its story.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Bedford County.))
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The Roanoke Express lost to Hampton Roads in the playoff opener last night.
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 two 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. The Admirals pulled out a win 4 to 3 in three overtimes.
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
more than 15- million- dollars over the 19-98 and 19-99 seasons.
SUPER=03-Baltimore, MD/KCWB; :
It's 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, Ripken 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.
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Down at The Rivers Edge last night softball showdown between single A power
Floyd County and group 3-A contender Patrick Henry.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Buffaloes vs. Patriots; :00
The Lady Buffaloes came in with win wins and no losses.
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.
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The Russian Junior National team was in Martinsville last night.
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.
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
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The Central Florida Zoo has some spotted new arrivals.
Two leopard cubs were born March 21st and this is the first time they are
In fact, the cubs just had their first doctor's visit.
But, these hungry little guys still don't have names.
The zoo is hosting a contest for the next several weeks to find names for
The winner will have their picture taken with the two cubs.