Next on News 7 at Five-
A school bus and car collide in Montgomery county- killing the car's driver.
Plus this man is charged with the brutal rape and beating of nine year old
And a Hokie heads into space- aboard Space Shuttle Columbia.
Glorious weather today, with sunshine and temperatures into the 80's, but
tomorrow, a more seasonal forecast. Clouds and highs in the 70's. I'll have
all the details.
On Health Check-- some consider it a diet that's easy to swallow--
A look at prescription diet drugs,
Well tell you whose a candidate to lose weight with these pills...and who
is likely to gain it all back.
GRAPHIC=News 7 at 5
Good Evening I'm Jean Jadhon.
It was almost a head-on crash.
State police say a Toyota Camry and Montgomery County bus number one
collided in a curve on Bishop Road.
The 13 students on board were on their way home from Blacksburg Middle
School and Blacksburg High School.
The driver of the Camry died at the scene.
A 12 year-old girl who was riding in the front seat of the bus was taken to
the hospital with a bloody nose and neck pain.
All of the other students were released to their parents.
Hillsville police now believe a 16 year-old girl was the UN-INTENDED victim
of a gunshot meant for her mother.
Andrea Dalton died at the hospital yesterday from a gunshot fired by her
Police say 37 year-old Donnie Ray Dalton fired one round from a sawed-off
shotgun at his wife-- Andrea's mother.
Audrey Dalton was killed instantly.
But the spray from the shot also struck Andrea.
Dalton later fired one more round to take his own life.
When police finally determined it was safe to enter the trailer, they found
his body near the door.
Family members said Dalton was upset over divorce proceedings.
Police had escorted Audrey to the trailer so she could collect some
For months, a Roanoke mailman was stalking women on his postal route.
Then he took it a step further.
He broke into one woman's home and fondled himself in front of her.
For that, 36-year old Anthony Tyler Jefferson might spend five years in
He pled guilty to three separate charges in Roanoke Circuit Court this
Prosecutors say because he was a letter carrier, he had unique knowledge of
these women's lives.
IN Q=He could tell
((BETTY JO ANTHONY/PROSECUTOR: HE COULD TELL BY THAT WHO WAS ON VACATION AND
WHO WASN'T. WHO HAD A LIVE IN PERSON AND WHO DIDN'T. WHO HAD A BOYFRIEND AND
WHO DIDN'T. SO IT JUST GIVES YOU A TREMENDOUS PSYCHOLOGICAL ADVANTAGE OVER THE
SUPER=01-Betty Jo Anthony/Prosecutor;
OUT Q=the victim
Aside from jail time, Jefferson will likely receive extended probation.
He'll be sentenced next month.
Members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference were hoping "Stop
The Violence Week" would make Roanoke a little safer.
But this week was marred by killings.
Today a group of concerned citizens gathered for a lunch time prayer service
in Lee Plaza.
These folks say after this week's double murder
at the East Caru Apartments prayer is needed in Roanoke.
On Tuesday, Sharon and Deborah Casey were allegedly shot by 23-year-old
IN Q=PRAYER CAN CHANGE
((PERNELLER CHUBB-WILSON/SCLC: PRAYER CAN CHANGE THINGS. IF WE ALL WOULD COME
TOGETHER I THINK THE WHOLE CITY COULD CHANGE. PRAYER DO CHANGE A LOT.))
SUPER=01-Perneller Chubb-Wilson/Southern Christian Leadership Conf.;
OUT Q=DO CHANGE A LOT
The prayer service also honored Martin Luther King, Junior, who was
assassinated 30 years ago today.
The S-C-L-C and N-DOUBLE-A-C-P organized the service.
Participants would like the event to become a yearly tradition.
A pair of high-profile drug informants entered pleas of NOT guilty before a
federal magistrate in Roanoke today.
Javier Cruz and Leo Ri-vera both pled guilty long ago, but were re-indicted
in January... Same charges- -only this time adding specific acts of drug
The two men freely lived in the Roanoke Valley for years while working as
informants for the government.
They may still have to testify against some of the two dozen other people
indicted along with them.
Bond is set at six million dollars for the man charged with the savaage
attack on Chicago's Girl X.
25 year old Patrick Sykes is accused of raping and beating the nine year
((PAUL JENKINS/CHICAGO POLICE: WE PRESENTED HIM WITH SOME OF THE PHYSICAL
EVIDENCE WE HAD IN THE CASE AND HE GAVE A CONFESSION GIVING UP INTIMATE DETAILS
THAT HAD NOT BEEN REPORTED IN THE PRESS.))
SUPER=01-Paul Jenkins/Chicago Police;
OUT Q=reported in the press."
Prosecutors say Sykes admitted he stomped on the girls neck and sprayed
roach spray in her mouth.
Sykes is an ex con- who had served time for sexual assault.
Girl X was attacked at this housing project in January.
She's now out of a coma, but still can not speak.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian's burning mad-
-so mad he lit a match to a cease and desist order that warns him not to
practice medicine without a license.
The order came from the State.
It's the latest way Michigan authorities are trying to stop Kevorkian from
((DR. JACK KEVORKIAN: IT'S NOT ME BURNING THIS PAPER. IT'S THE PATIENTS I'VE
HELPED AND THE SUFFERING HUMANITY THAT'S BEEN INSULTED BY THIS DESPICABLE
SUPER=07-Dr. Jack Kevorkian;
OUT Q=this despicable gesture."
The state says Kevorkian could face felony charges and a fine if he assists
in another suicide.
Officials from the Virginia Department of Forestry continue to survey the
damage from brush fires in Roanoke and Bedford Counties.
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night;
More than one dozen blazes broke out yesterday afternoon... but by nightfall
only a few remained.
Those fires were extinguished early this morning thanks to crews from four
Forestry officials believe the flames were sparked by a passing Norfolk
N-S assisted in fire fighting... but at this point, has not acknowledged
A seven million-dollar state-wide scholarship program will help students
from every public high school in Virginia attend college.
Virginia Tech announced the Pamplin Scholars Program to award a one-year,
one thousand dollar scholarship to one student at each school.
The program is scheduled to begin the Fall semester of 1998.
Two longtime Tech benefactors, Robert Pamplin, Senior and his son Robert
Pamplin, Junior are contributing half the funding for it.
((PEGGY MESZAROS/VA TECH PROVOST: FOR THE PAMPLINS THEIR GENEROSITY REPRESENTS
THE PROMISE OF LIVES FULFILLED THROUGH LEADERSHIP AND IN SERVICE TO BUILDING
RESPONSIVE COMMUNITIES. ))
SUPER=01-Peggy Meszaros/Virginia Tech Provost;
OUT Q=responsive communities.
To compete for the scholarships, students must meet academic requirements,
and demonstrate leadership skills and community involvement.
There's a new voice over A-M radio in Roanoke, and it may be one you've heard
The Oliver North Show began playing over Three-W-R 910-AM yesterday.
North himself showed up to broadcast from the station's studio today.
The former marine and U-S Senate candidate says his show is a mix of news,
talk and opinion-- all live.
IN Q=I tell people
((OLIVER NORTH/TALK SHOW HOST: I TELL PEOPLE WE OFFER THEM THE TRUTH, THE WHOLE
TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH- WELL, WITH JUST A LITTLE BIT OF SOLID
SUPER=01-Oliver North/Talk Show Host;
OUT Q=conservative opinion.
The show features guests and viewer call-ins...
Today Congressman Bob Goodlatte discussed what the Congress plans to do
about the school lunch program.
But North is quick to point out that the show is not just for conservatives--
he says it's for everyone.
The Oliver North Show runs weekdays from three-to-five over three-W-R 910-AM.
Picture in your mind a scientist: for most people, the first thing they
think of is a man in a white lab coat.
But WOMEN have made significant contributions to the sciences as well.
Celebrating those successes and teaching students how to achieve is the topic
of a two-day conference at Sweet Briar College.
IN Q=There's been a
((CATHERINE O'BRIEN/CONFERENCE ORGANIZER: THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF ROADBLOCKS
BECAUSE OF THE TRADITIONAL MALE INSTITUTIONS. BUT THIS CONFERENCE IS MORE ABOUT
NOT WHAT THOSE ROADBLOCKS HAVE BEEN BUT GETTING BEYOND THEM, NOT GETTING CAUGHT
UP IN THOSE AND JUST TALKING ABOUT HOW TO LIVE UP TO YOUR POTENTIAL.))
SUPER=01-Catherine O'Brien/Conference Organizer; :00
OUT Q=to your potential.
M-I-T graduate Dr. Lynda Jordan was one of this morning's speakers.
Astronaut Kathryn Sullivan, the first woman to walk in space, will address
the conference tonight.
groovy music UNDER
Patrick Evans has a nice-looking forecast for your weekend.
And today's space shuttle launch has a local connection--a Virginia Tech grad
is Columbia's payload specialist. Stay with us for more News 7 at 5.
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
A measure to ban chemical weapons worldwide gets support in Washington-
not only from President Clinton- but from members of the Bush Administration.
The measure was negotiated under George Bush.
Now President Clinton is pushing to get it passed.
((IT SAYS AMERICA IS COMMITTED TO PROTECT OUR TROOPS, TO FIGHT TERRORISM AND TO
STOP THE SPREAD OF WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION.))
OUT Q=of mass destruction."
But the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Releations committee opposes the
Jesse Helms calls it a threat to U-S security.
The Space shuttle Columbia blasts into space with a Virginia Tech grad
((THREE, TWO, ONE AND LIFTOFF....))
SUPER=03-Cape Canaveral, FL;
OUT Q=and liftoff.
Roger Crouch is a 1968 physics grad from Virginia Tech.
While Columbia orbits the earth, Crouch will work as a payload specialist
conducting 25 experiments in space-
That includes lighting more than 200 fires in a special chamber to learn
more about how flames behave in space.
Columbia lifted off this afternoon on a 16 day mission.
British surgeons have used a rather
unusual technique to restore vision to a blind man.
It's a complicated procedure-- with two separate operations--
Benji Varsani had been totally blind for two years.
Surgeons first removed one of his teeth and a piece of his jawbone-- which
they shaped into a frame for a plastic optical lens.
This artificial cornea was then implanted under his cheek so the tissue
could grow over the bone.
Four months later, the new cornea was removed from his cheek and sewn into
his left eye.
IN Q=NAT SOUND
((DR. CHRISTOPHER LIU/EYE SURGEOn: IN TERMS OF THE EYE CHARTS HE COULD SEE
HALFWAY DOWN THE EYE CHARTS. AND I WAS WALKING WITH HIM AND HE COULD SEE OUR
FACES FOR THE FIRST TIME.))
OUT Q=for the first time.
This surgery is also performed in Italy.
And in case you were wondering, the surgeons actually did use one of his
It's the latest trend in weight loss-- the ballooning popularity of
prescription diet drugs.
Products like Redux and Fen-Phen, short for Fenfluramine and Phentermine,
are not for those with just a few pounds to lose though.
Rather, they're prescribed for patients who are 30-percent above their
ideal body weight-- or less, if they suffer from heart disease, hypertension or
Today, in Roanoke, the California company, "Institute for Natural
Resources" offered health professionals a one-day educational seminar on the
As they heard, even with the pills, patients have plenty of work ahead.
IN Q=These drugs
((THESE DRUGS WILL NOT WORK UNLESS THE PERSON CHANGES THE WAY THEY EAT, UNLESS
THEY EXERCISE. BECAUSE ONE OF THE THINGS THE DRUGS DO IS INCREASE ENERGY
EXPENDITURE...INCREASE THERMO-GENESIS, AND ONCE THE PERSON GOES OFF THE DRUGS,
THEIR ENERGY EXPENDITURE GOES BACK TO NORMAL, UNLESS THEY EXERCISE AND DO OTHER
SUPER=01-Elizabeth Holm/Registered Dietician; :
OUT Q=other things.
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART***
Not only are the experts worried about patients re-gaining the weight,
they're also warning about potential health risks.
IN Q=There is
((THERE IS THE RISK FOR PULMONARY HYPERTENSION FROM ANY OF THE PHENFLURAMINE
DRUGS. AND THAT IS A
RARE SIDE EFFECT, BUT IT IS A VERY
SERIOUS SIDE AFFECT. AND IT IS OF SOME CONCERN. AS FAR AS OTHER RISKS, WE DON'T
REALLY KNOW IF THERE ARE MANY SEVERE RISKS FROM IT, BUT THERE IS SOME CONCERN
THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO BECOME PSYCHOLOGICALLY DEPENDENT ON THE DRUGS,BECAUSE
THEY'RE GOING TO BE UTILIZING THEM OVER AND OVER AGAIN TO LOSE WEIGHT- BECAUSE
THEY DON'T CREATE A PERMANENT CHANGE-- BECAUSE IT'S STILL KIND OF A QUICK FIX.
OUT Q=quick fix.
And for some patients, a quick fix may in fact, be what they NEED.
Excess body weight carries its own risks.
Obesity increases the odds of developing high blood pressure, heart
disease, diabetes, sleep apnea and cancer.
Meantime, doctors have some good news concerning the health of Magic
The H-I-V infection that forced the N-B-A Star into retirement has dropped
to UN-detectable levels.
Doctors credit drug therapy-- Johnson's wife though says God intervened.
GRAPHIC=TEXAS MOTOR S'WAY
It has been another wet, nasty day in Roanoke, Texas as the Winston Cup cars
have again been stymied in their attempt to qualify for Sunday's Interstate
SUPER=03-Roanoke, TX/This Afternoon; :00
This is what the track has looked like most of today, and when the rain
hasn't been falling the winds have been blowing.
Right now NASCAR is trying to decide whether to give qualifying one more
chance tomorrow morning, or start the field based on the points standings.
IN Q="It's taken...
((TERRY LABONTE/DRIVER - KELLOGGS CHEVY:))
SUPER=01-Terry Labonte/Driver - Kelloggs Chevy; :00
OUT Q=...THE WEATHER."
Game two of the Kelly cup playoffs between The Express and the Admirals
faces off tonight at the Scope in Norfolk at 7:30.
SUPER=03-Norfolk/Express vs. Admirals; :00
While Hampton Roads did come out victorious in game one; Roanoke players
are still confident the series is far from over. The Express IS STILL 3 and 2
at the Scope this season and knows what it takes to win there
((JEFF JABLONSKI/EXPRESS LEADING SCORER:))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jablonski/Express Leading Scorer; :00
OUT Q=...keep going hard""
Game two faces off at 7:30 and we will have the highlights later on tonight.
SS=TWO MINUTE TICKER
Hope you have a safe weekend everybody. I'll see you again at six.
go to break
SS=two minute ticker
Welcome everybody to the end of the work week two minute sports ticker.
The Salem Avalanche opens the 1997 Carolina league season at home tonight
against the Durham Bulls.
Double Boxes=Mike/Roy Microwave
Roy Stanley is over at Memorial Stadium this afternoon with a very special
guest, as the Avalanche gets ready for the season opener, Roy.
LIVE=Roy full(Roy ad libs into live interview)
SUPER=01-Bill McGuire/Avalanche Manager; :
Drop in B-Roll of team working out over 2nd Roy and McGuire question and
answer. (TAPE RUNS :30)
Double Boxes=Mike/Roy Microwave
(Roy tosses back to Mike)