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((TONIGHT ON NEWS-7 PRIMETIME...
FAMILY AND FRIENDS GATHER TO REMEMBER TWO WOMEN KILLED LAST WEEK AT A ROANOKE
STRANGE AS IT MAY SOUND, FIREFIGHTERS ARE ACTUALLY SETTING FIRES TONIGHT,
IN HOPES OF BURNING OUT A ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY FOREST FIRE. ))
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It's MONDAY, April 7th, our Top Story
police believe a man killed his parents and then took his own life in
Good evening, you're watching News 7 Primetime on WEFC.
I'm Connie Stevens.
Authorities are trying to figure out how a domestic disturbance turned
The trouble began early this morning inside the home at 110 George Street.
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((WILLIAM CAMPBELL/HEARD GUNSHOTS: I WAS OUTSIDE OF THE BASHFUL GIRAFFE DAYCARE
CENTER DOWN HERE WHEN I HEARD TWO SHOTS.))
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Police say 24- year- old Barry Wayne Bohannon had been arguing with his 52-
year- old parents, Hazel and Joe Bohannon.
At about 6 a-m authorities believe Barry gunned down his parents and then
took his own life.
Bohannon's 21- year- old sister Sandra fled to a neighbor's home and called
Authorities say Barry Bohannon had undergone treatment for psychiatric
problems in the past.
Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is the charge against a former
Lynchburg school administrator.
Authorities say former E.C. Glass athletic director Frank Murray had a two-
year- relationship with a female student... one that included phone sex and
some limited physical contact.
A grand jury indicted Murray this morning.
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((BILL PETTY/LYNCHBURG PROSECUTOR: THIS HAD TO BE A PLEA OF GUILTY. WE WOULD
NOT ACCEPT ANY KIND OF PLEA THAT IN ANY WAY TRIED TO MINIMIZE HIS
RESPONSIBILITY IN THIS CASE.))
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OUT Q=in this case.
Murray was given a 90- day suspended jail term.
He has resigned from his job at the school.
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The Roanoke man accused of killing his ex-girlfriend and her mother could
pay with his own life.
A grand jury today returned six indictments against Miguel Ortiz for the
shooting deaths of Sharon and Deborah Casey.
The charges include capital murder, which means prosecutors could seek the
Ortiz is still hospitalized one week after being shot in the stomach by
Meanwhile, friends, family, and neighbors gathered at the Hamlar-Curtis
Funeral Home this evening to remember the Caseys.
Most people expressed outrage at their deaths, and believe the death penalty
would be the only just punishment in this case.
It seems you really can fight fire with fire.
Fire crews battling a 250 acre forest fire in Rockbridge County have been
torching areas along the fire line, in an attempt to burn the blaze out.
At this point no one's been hurt and no homes have been threatened.
The fire's been going since Saturday night and it regained some strength
today because of the lack of rain.
Firefighters from several states have been called in and they expect to have
the fire under control by tomorrow.
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They're fighting back Mother Nature in the Northern Plains-- and still
reeling from a double whammy-- flooding and a blizzard.
Tens of thousands are still without power.
And for many, it's an hour-by-hour struggle to save their homes.
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((WE'VE BEEN LIVING UPSTAIRS BECAUSE THE WATER IS NOW IN OUR FIRST FLOOR.
WITH THREE KIDS, IT GETS TO BE SCARY, YEAH, BECAUSE THEY DON'T KNOW WHAT'S
GOING ON. ))
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In South Dakota, people are starting to return home-- President Clinton has
declared the entire state a disaster area.
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Still to come on News 7 Prime Time--more potential trouble for top tobacco
And they're racing against the clock on board the shuttle Columbia. That
story and more when we return.
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One person was killed in a two car accident in Roanoke today.
County police say 21-year-old Mary Ann Richards of Roanoke County pulled
onto Brambleton Avenue.
Her car was hit broadside by a Jeep.
She was taken to Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where she later died.
Rescue workers used the "jaws of life" to get the Jeep driver out.
He was also taken to the hospital; no word on his condition.
Victims of stalkers and domestic violence in Wythe and Smyth counties have a
new weapon at their disposal.
"Three-sixty Communications" has donated five cellular phones to both
sheriff's departments, and five to the Family Resource Center in Wytheville.
The agencies will distribute the phones to victims considered to be at high
risk for attack.
The phones may not receive calls.
They're programmed only to call the sheriff's departments in the event of an
Economic incentives have paid off, with today's announcement that a bakery
will soon build a large plant in northeast Roanoke.
Len Besthoff says the deal between Maple Leaf Foods and the city has been
cooking for a couple of months.
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IN Q=I'm very
OUT Q=city of Roanoke.
News-7 first told you in February that city owned land was earmarked for a
large manufacturer employing over 150 people.
But before landing this company, both the city and the Commonwealth had to
put a lot of bread on the table to keep Maple Leaf Foods from going elsewhere.
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((Now Maple Leaf already has a presence in the southeast, but the company says
that by coming to Roanoke it'll get closer to even more of its clients and make
it even more competitive. Len Besthoff, News-7.))
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The race for lieutenant governor now includes charter airline CEO Coleman
The Fairfax millionaire is the best funded in a field of three competing for
the Republican nomination June 10th.
Andrews says a thriving economy and social reforms are in his vision for
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((COLEMAN ANDREWS/R-CANDIDATE FOR LT. GOV.: I HAVE NO QUESTION THAT REBUILDING
A HEALTHIER SOCIAL FABRIC IS THE HARDER OF THE TWO CHALLENGES. BUT IT'S ALSO
THE MOST VITAL OF THE TWO CHALLENGES. BECAUSE THINK FOR A MOMENT, WHAT GOOD IS
A THRIVING ECONOMY IF IT EXISTS AMIDST FRACTURED FAMILIES AND CHAOTIC CRUMBLING
OUT Q=crumbling communities?
Among his positions: vouchers for school choice, a ban on so-called partial
birth abortions, and a super-majority needed to raise taxes in the General
He will will make 22 stops around the state in four days.
Scientists aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia are trying to get as many
experiments completed as they can-
before heading back to Earth.
A deteriorating and potentially explosive power generator is forcing an
((GREGORY LINTERIS/COLUMBIA CREW MEMBER: I WAS DISAPPOINTED THE MISSION WAS CUT
SHORT PARTICULARLY FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF SCIENTISTS WHO'VE BEEN WAITING AND
WORKING SO LONG TO TRY AND GET THESE EXPERIMENTS IN SPACE.))
SUPER=01-Gregory Linteris/Columbia Crew Member;
OUT Q=EXPERIMENTS IN SPACE."
One of those scientists is Virginia Tech grad Roger Crouch.
Crouch and other scientists have worked for three years putting research
together for the mission.
The shuttle will land tomorrow.
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An Oregon senator says tobacco company executives should be brought before
Congress again to testify about the possible hazards of their products.
At a Washington news conference Senator Ron Wyden also called on the Justice
Department to intensify its investigation into possible perjury involving top
In 1994, the heads of the seven major tobacco companies testified that, to
their knowledge, cigarettes were not addictive and that they do not market
their products to children.
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Recently, the Liggett group's C-E-O directly contradicted that
previous testimony as part of a settlement to state attorneys general.
A Roanoke Valley minister who worked to improve relations between the police
department and the city's minority residents has died.
The Reverend Alfred Prunty was pastor of Slate Hill Baptist Church.
He served as co- chairman of Roanoke's Community Relations Task Force.
That group encouraged community policing and urged the city to step up its
efforts to hire more black officers.
Prunty died Sunday in a Richmond hospital. He was 71.
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A possible reduction in Roanoke's real estate tax rate sparked a debate
today on city council.
Council asked city manager Bob Herbert to prepare a budget proposal that
includes a one cent cut which would take effect on January first.
But Council member Linda Wyatt argued it was an empty gesture that will
save the average citizen very little, and take more than 175- thousand dollars
away from important programs.
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((LINDA WYATT/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I JUST CANNOT IN GOOD CONSCIENCE VOTE FOR
THAT, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU'RE TAKING ONCE CENT. WHAT'S THAT GOING TO MEAN TO THE
AVERAGE CITIZEN IN THIS TOWN, 50 CENTS A MONTH ON THEIR TAX.))
((BILL WHITE/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: I THINK A ONE CENT DECREASE OVER TWO FISCAL
YEARS IS ACHIEVABLE, AND IT GIVES OUR CITIZENS SOMETHING TO HANG THEIR HATS
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SUPER=01-Bill White/Roanoke City Council; :11
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Council also heard from the family that hopes to keep its pot- bellied pig
as a household pet.
Pat Earls asked city council to amend the ordinance prohibiting swine
within city limits... but council did not take any action on her request.
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A new wrinkle in obesity research.
And-- more competition in the market for ulcer treatments.
Those are just some of the stories making medical headlines tonight.
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OUT Q=available in July.
University of Wisconsin scientists report that in some cases obesity MAY be
linked to a family of viruses.
Earlier research has shown this in animals-- now, evidence of this same
virus called A-D 36 has turned up in about 15 percent of obese people-- but in
none of the lean people tested.
And from the American Heart Association--
When it comes to children and diet, the latest theories show too much salt
and fat in infancy can contribute to high blood pressure problems later in
It's not just baby fat anymore.
Another new study finds four- and five-year-olds are getting fatter.
It's not that kids are eating more, or eating more fat.
Reporting in the journal Pediatrics, researchers say the problem seems to
be that children aren't active enough.
The world's best selling prescription medicine will soon have
A federal appeals court has ruled that a generic version of the anti-ulcer
drug Zantac will not violate the maker's patent.
Ranitidine Hydrochloride will cost up to 50 percent less than Zantac-- and
should be available in July.))
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Tonight for our video of the day, we'll take you to a party that maybe you
weren't invited to either.
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It's singer Elton John's 50th birthday bash in London-- the flamboyant
attire of his guests is certainly enough to turn heads alone.
The guest of honor arrived via a large truck-- wearing a silver brocade
coat-- and a three- and a -half foot powdered wig....
The wig was decorated with a galleon that actually blew smoke out of its
More than 500 guests turned out for the celebration.
Wining and dining all those friends cost Elton John about 500-thousand
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Tonight on Primetime sports, the Avalanche takes another stab at getting its
first win of the season.
We'll check highlights from the big leagues.
Plus, the day after for the Express - we'll check in with Pierre & Jeff
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But first, the Hokie bird is a two time national champion.
This past weekend in Daytona Beach, Florida, Virginia Tech's mascot was named
the top sports mascot in the country - taking first place at the National
cheerleading Association competition.
One of his top challengers was Little Red from the University of Nebraska.
If they had a competition for the worst mascot this guy would be at the top.
Check out Nebraska's Big Red.
Now your scores.
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The Salem Avalanche continued its quest for win number one on the season
tonight as the team welcomed the Wilmington Blue Rocks to the valley.
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The team drew over 12 thousand five hundred fans over the weekend, but had
just 12 hundred and 81 in the park tonight.
Salem fell behind 5-to-1 before rallying in the bottom of the ninth with 2
But they would get no closer than 5-to-3 on Garrett Neubart's slide. That's
the final as the SUPER=37-Wilmington/5/Salem/3/Avalanche Now 0-and-4;
Avalanche falls to 0-and-4 on the season.
They are home through Thursday night.
The Colorado Rockies were at Coors field playing their home opener as they
hosted welcomed the Cincinnati Reds to the mile high city.
And before the game they got some good news as Larry Walker was named player
of the week in the National League. He hit 440 with 6 homers last week.
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Eric Young, who also rehabbed in the Salem a little bit last season was given
the SIlver bat award before the game.
And it didn't take long for the balls to start flying out of the yard.
Jeff Reed hits a three run homer in
the first inning to give the Rockies a 5-to-nothing lead and they cruise to the
13 to 2 win over the Reds.
In the American League this afternoon, the temperatures were almost a chilly
as the reception the Brewers' fans gave the visiting Rangers.
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This is not the frozen tundra but Milwaukee. Temperatures were in the 30s and
below today as fans shivered their way into the ballpark.
Maybe the cold froze their brains.
It was free baseball day at County Stadium, and for some reason the fans threw
the balls back on the field.
Rangers manager Johnny Oates pulled his team off the field in protest, as
Brewers manager Phil Garner pleased with the fans.
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((PHIL GARNER/MILWAUKEE BREWERS MANAGER:))
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Play finally resumed with the Brewers Mike Matheny hitting one of those balls
back into the stands with this grand slam in the second off Ken Hill.
The Brewers beat the Rangers 5 to 3. But remember the game is being
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It was also a chilly afternoon - 37 degrees to be exact - in Detroit as the
Tigers hosted the Twins.
The Tigers ended last season with 17 straight home losses, so they were after
their first win since August 30th of last year today.
And they would get it. Brian Johnson nailed a three run homer as the Motor
City hitmen beat the Twins 10-to-4.
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Th Roanoke Express's season came to a close last night at this hour despite
a lot of hard work over the past six months.
The undermanned Express fell to Hampton Roads 4-3 at the Round House, losing
its best of five playoffs series three games to one.
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Injured Dave Gagnon was a welcome sight in the nets and despite a bad knee
and groin, the Express held a 3-2 advantage with under three minutes to play..
But Hampton Roads ended Roanoke's celebration by wearing down the Express
with depth and contract talent - scoring the winner with 16 seconds left.
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((PIERRE PAIEMENT/EXPRESS GENERAL MANAGER:))
((JEFF LODER/EXPRESS CENTER:))
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SUPER=01-Jeff Loder/Express Center; :21
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V-M-I cadets are giving something back to the city of Lexington.
For the third consecutive year, cadets could be found in- and- around
Lexington, making improvements to their community.
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((WILL MARTIN/VMI CADET: IT'S A LOT BETTER THAN STUDYING. IT GIVES US A BREAK
FROM STUDYING. IT'S THE MIDDLE OF OUR FTX WEEK WHICH IS OUR TRAINING EXERCISES.
AND WE JUST TAKE TODAY AND GET OUT OF THE CLASSROOM. GET OUT AND ENJOY THIS
BEAUTIFUL WEATHER AND IMPROVE OUR COMMUNITY. ))
SUPER=01-Will Martin/VMI Cadet;
OUT Q=our community
This group was busy planting 70 trees at Glen Maury Park in Buena Vista.
In all, 14 community service projects were completed with the help of 350
That's all for us--
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Supporters say it's simply a safety measure, opponents say it's an invasion
First Union plans to expand its program of having non-depositors
fingerprinted when they cash a check.
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Jean Jadhon will be along with that story and more, just 30 minutes from now
Thanks for watching NEWS-7 Primetime, goodnight.
over on WDBJ-7.