A State Health Department investigation is underway at Roanoke Community
hospital following complaints about understaffing.
And in Giles County a man reportedly kills his girlfriend before taking his
Stick around, News 7 at Noon is next.
Another case of domestic violence in Southwest Virginia comes to a tragic
Giles County authorities were called to the scene of a murder-suicide early
Double Boxes=Melanie and Tracy/Microwave
Tracy Altizer joins us from our New River Valley newsroom with details.
Melanie, it happened in the Glen Lyn section of Giles County, at a secluded
home on East River Mountain Road.
The 9-1-1 call came from a family member of one of the victims, 34- year-
old Anthony E. Meadows.
(Rollcue: Anthony E. Meadows )
((WILLIE LUCAS/GILES CO. INVESTIGATOR: HE HAD CALLED TO LET THEM KNOW THAT
THERE WAS PROBLEMS AND THEY WENT OVER TO CHECK ON THEM AND THEY WENT IN AND
FOUND BOTH BODIES. ))
SUPER=01-Willie Lucas/Giles Co. Investigator;
OUT Q=found both bodies.
Lucas says Meadows shot his live- in girlfriend, 32- year- old Susan Jean
Sartin in the head with a small- caliber rifle.
Meadows then took his own life with a high- powered rifle.
Lucas says before the shooting, Meadows dropped off a child at his sister's
About 15 minutes later, he called his sister saying the problems were about
Meadows and Sartin were both dead when authorities arrived.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Tracy/Microwave
QUESTION:(( Tracy, do you know if there was any warning that something like
this may happen, any history of violence with this couple?))
Roanoke police faced gunfire last night as they tried to execute a search
warrant at the home of a suspected drug dealer.
Officers say it happened in the Lincoln Terrace Housing project at the
18-hundred block of Gandy Drive.
They suspected the tenant was dealing crack cocaine.
IN Q=when they
((K. A JOHNSON/ROANOKE CITY POLICE: WHEN THEY WENT TO ARREST THAT INDIVIDUAL,
HE RETRIEVED A GUN, AND ATTEMPTED TO USE IT ON THE OFFICERS. A STRUGGLE
ENSUED, AND THEY WERE ABLE TO GET HIM UNDER CONTROL WITHOUT SERIOUS INJURY TO
SUPER=01-K.A. Johnson/Roanoke City Police;
OUT Q=TO ANYONE.
Police say a crowd gathered, and some people tried to assist the person being
arrested, to get him away from the officers.
That's when backup was called in to secure the area while vice officers
searched the home.
IN Q=WE GOT
((WE GOT A LOT OF BOTTLES THROWN AT US, A LOT OF SHOTS WERE FIRED, FROM THE
CROWD, A LOT OF TAUNTING AND THINGS. ))
OUT Q=AND THINGS.
Officers say the search DID reveal narcotics in the residence, and the
suspect was taken into custody.
IN Q=WE ALSO RECOVERED
((WE ALSO RECOVERED THE WEAPON FROM THE INDIVIDUAL WE ARRESTED, WE ALSO
RECOVERED WEAPONS THAT HAD BEEN DROPPED FROM INDIVIDUALS THAT HAD BEEN FIRING
THEM IN THE CROWD. ))
OUT Q=in the crowd
No one was seriously injured in the incident.
GRAPHIC=carilion community hospital
The State Health Department is investigating understaffing complaints at
Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital.
The complaints are directed at the neo-natal intensive care unit.
For the past six months, some nurses have accused the hospital of staffing
the unit below state guidelines.
Today a Carilion spokesperson confirmed that state inspectors are in the
hospital conducting an investigation.
Carilion officials say according to their personnel records, staff levels
in the unit DO meet state guidelines.
GRAPHIC=tobacco under fire
Philip Morris and R-J-R Nabisco reportedly are offering another major
concession to settle massive health claims.
Today's "Wall Street Journal" reports the cigarette makers might be willing
to hand over all their research into smoking and health.
Also reportedly under discussion: a 300 billion dollar deal that would
absolve the cigarette industry of liability for cigarette related lawsuits.
Tobacco foes say it's a turning-point.
(( ATTY. GEN. HUBERT "SKIP HUMPHREY III/MINNESOTA:THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY IS ON
THE ROPES AND AFTER 40 YEARS
THEY FINALLY WANT TO COME TO THE TABLE...CRIMES THEY'VE COMMITTED."
SUPER=01-Hubert "Skip" Humphrey/Minnesota Attorney General;
OUT Q=crimes they've committed.
The deal also includes F-D-A regulations of the cigarette industry and a ban
on billboard advertising, which means no more Joe Camel or the Marlboro Man.
Bob Dole is giving a little financial help to House Speaker Newt Gingrich.
The former Senate majority leader is loaning Gingrich 300-thousand dollars
to pay an ethics penalty.
Gingrich says he'll repay the loan over eight years, at ten percent
Gingrich is taking the loan to avoid having to use campaign funds.
The Red River is rising so high in Fargo, North Dakota that it's breaking
century old records.
The river hit 39 point 29 inches early this morning, just over the record
high set 100 years ago.
In fact, city officials say the river has even passed the 500- year water
IN Q=we're coming
(( PAT ZAVORAL/DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS:"WE ARE CONCERNED OVER THE DRAINAGE..
WE HAVE HAD A
RECORD SNOWFALL THIS YEAR..AND HOW IT WILL IMPACT THE RED RIVER." ))
SUPER=01-Pat Zavoral/Director of Public Works;
OUT Q=coming in our back door.
But even as the River continues to rise, Fargo officials are cautiously
optimistic that dikes will hold.
Several barriers were raised higher overnight with a burst of sandbagging by
Paralysis grips Israel's government today as it wrestles with influence-
A decision on whether to prosecute Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is
expected within 48 hours.
And the opposition is demanding his
Jesse Schulman reports.
SUPER=03-Jerusalem, Israel/Tuesday; :00
SUPER=01-Dennis Ross/U.S. Envoy; :33
SUPER=01-Jesse Schulman/Reporting; 1:11
OUT Q=CBS News, Tel Aviv.
When Israeli police wound up a three-month investigation on
Tuesday, the report they handed prosecutors contained a time bomb
that has now exploded. Their recommendation Israel's Prime
Minister be charged with fraud and breach of trust leaves
Benjamin Netanyahu fighting for his political life.
Also now fighting for life are efforts currently under way by US
trouble-shooter Dennis Ross to rescue the peace accords between Israel and the
Ross is trying to bring the two sides back to the negotiating
table. He says he'll ignore the scandal and push on.
DENNIS ROSS, US ENVOY: WE FOCUS ON THE ISSUES OF THE PEACE PROCESS AND THE
ISSUES THAT ARE RELATED TO WHAT'S GOING ON WITHIN ISRAEL, THOSE ARE MATTERS FOR
ISRAELIS TO RESOLVE.
But with headlines screaming "earthquake", the scandal has done
the almost-impossible... turned the Israel-Palestinian crisis
into back-burner stuff.
The main allegation is that a key Netanyahu ally, tried to get a
tame attorney general appointed in January to get himself off
corruption charges. The police suspect Netanyahu knew, and went
along with it.
Netanyahu has made no public comment, but he's said through his
aides he's being railroaded and isn't even considering stepping
Even if prosecutors do decide to go ahead and charge Netanyahu there's no
law that says he has to resign.
But the facts of political life could make it impossible for him to hold
on. JS, CBSN, Tel Aviv.))
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Previous violence sent Rhonda Banks Cunningham looking for the gun when her
husband got home at 5 a-m.
She told police the revolver discharged while she and her husband were
struggling for the gun.
A witness told police he heard the couple fighting.
Police recovered the gun and charged Rhonda Cunningham with first degree
murder in the death of her husband, Garrett.
She pleaded guilty to SECOND- degree murder, without admitting guilt.
The plea agreement calls for her to serve a sentence of 11-and-a half years
Don Terp says Roanoke County should abolish its police department and return
the responsibility for law enforcement to the sheriff.
Terp is running for the Hollins District Seat on the Roanoke County Board of
Today, he said the county could save from one- and- a- half to three million
dollars a year, and devote that money to schools.
IN Q=It's interesting
((DON TERP/SUPERVISORS CANDIDATE: IT'S INTERESTING WHEN YOU TALK TO THE PEOPLE
IN THE COUNTY. I HAVEN'T FOUND ANYBODY THAT SAID LET'S KEEP THE POLICE
DEPARTMENT, NOT A SOUL I'VE TALKED TO AND I'VE TALKED TO PEOPLE IN ALL WALKS OF
LIFE. I DON'T SAY THERE'S NO ONE OUT THERE THAT'S GOING TO SAY THAT, BUT I
THINK A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF THE PEOPLE ARE IN FAVOR OF GOING BACK TO A
SUPER=01-Don Terp/Supervisors Candidate;
OT Q=back to a sheriff's.
Terp hopes to win the seat that Bob Johnson now holds.
Johnson has scheduled a news conference tomorrow to announce his intentions.
It's a political rite of passage in Virginia... and it involves fish.
The 49th annual Shad Planking drew all ten candidates for statewide office.
Ellen Qualls more from the Wakefield fish fry.
IN Q=Let's face it
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Wakefield.
There may not have been any fish, but Franklin County had its share of
Closer to home, Mary Harkins accepted the Democratic nomination for the 9th
District seat in the House of Delegates.
She'll go up against Republican incumbent Allen Dudley.
IN Q=I am very
((MARY HARKINS/D- NINTH DISTRICT LEGISLATIVE CANDIDATE: I AM VERY GRATEFUL TO
EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOU FOR THIS NOMINATION. WITH YOUR HELP AND YOUR SUPPORT,
TOGETHER WE WILL WIN THE NINTH DISTRICT SEAT ON NOVEMBER FOURTH. ))
SUPER=01-Mary Harkins/(D) 9th District Candidate;
OUT Q=November 4th
Harkins is a Rocky Mount attorney... and she's chairwoman of the Franklin
County Democratic Party.
If elected, she promises to donate her state salary to programs that promote
volunteerism and education.
U-S Secretary of Defense William Cohen was in Lexington yesterday.
Cohen addressed the top R-O-T-C cadets from
across the country, maintaining there is no place in the military for hazing or
He invoked the memory of V-M-I grad, General George C. Marshall, and urged
the next generation of army officers to act with dignity and respect.
IN Q=And he understood the keys
((WILLIAM COHEN/SECRETARY OF DEFENSE: AND HE UNDERSTOOD THAT THE KEY TO
MILITARY SUCCESS, WHETHER AT THE PLATOON LEVEL OR THE NATIONAL LEVEL INVOLVED
TRUST AND TEAMWORK AND WHETHER BASED ON SEX OR RACE OR JUST GENERAL RESPECT,
HARASSMENT AND HAZING DESTROY TRUST AND BREAK DOWN MORALE AND BREAK DOWN
COHESION OF THE TEAM.))
SUPER=01-William Cohen/Secretary of Defense;
OUT Q=cohesion of the team.
Cohen also made the case for military preparedness.
If defense cuts continue, Cohen said Americans must be willing to accept
A bone marrow drive drew a crowd of fans to Martinsville speedway
Bone marrow donation is the only hope for a cure for thousands of people
stricken with fatal blood diseases.
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/February;
Ever since NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick was diagnosed with Leukemia, the
racing community has rallied around the cause.
IN Q=it's definitely...
((STEVE LOVELACE/MARROW CENTER OF VA.: IT'S DEFINITELY RAISED DRAMATIC
AWARENESS FOR US. IT'S DEFINITELY MADE IT A LOT EASIER, WITH THE FUNDS
AVAILABLE THROUGH THE MARROW FOUNDATION, AND HENDRICK, TO RAISE THE FUNDS FOR
THESE EVENTS. ))
SUPER=01-Steve Lovelace/Virginia Marrow Center;
OUT Q=these events.
Steve Lovelace says many people are needlessly afraid of marrow typing
But all you have to do is donate a small amount of blood.
IN Q=it's real
((BRIAN LOMAX: IT'S REAL SIMPLE, A LITTLE PAPERWORK, JAB IN YOUR ARM, THAT'S
((DOLORES EAST/DONOR: IT TOOK MAYBE 5, 7 MINUTES. REALLY PAINLESS, DIDN'T
BREAK A SWEAT, SHED A TEAR, OR ANYTHING. IT WAS REALLY PAINLESS. ))
SUPER=01-Brian Lomax/Marrow Drive Participant; :00
SUPER=01-Dolores East/Marrow Drive Participant; :05
It usually costs 47 dollars to join the national registry.
But yesterday's drive was free-- with more than 100 people getting their
Doctors in Southern California expect Arnold Schwarzenegger to make a full
recovery following heart surgery.
The 49- year- old actor underwent elective surgery yesterday to replace a
defective heart valve.
Schwarzenegger says he opted for the procedure now, while he's still young
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Seminole District power Rustburg lost to Blue Ridge contender William Byrd
SUPER=03-Vinton/William Byrd vs Rustburg;
The Lady Terriers got off to a quick start. Pitcher Wendy Belcher hits a
double to the fence in right center field, scoring Brandy Welch--but Bren
Hamblett is thrown out at the plate. Byrd led one to nothing.
The Lady Devils tied the score in the top of the second. Laura Stauffer hits
a fielder's choice to second base.
Byrd regained the lead in the SUPER=34-William Byrd/4/Rustburg/1;third.
Belcher brings in Brandy Welch from second and the Lady Terriers go on to win 4
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In the majors the Braves left the ballpark with their fifth straight win.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Reds vs Braves - TBS;
In the bottom of the inning Jeff Blauser lifts a solo homer to left field to
give Atlanta 3-to-1 lead.
Still in the 5th, Kenny Lofton comes up on the other side of the plate
and hits his first homer as a Brave to make it 4-to-1.
The Braves go on to win it 7-to-1.
The NHL playoffs have started, with eight teams going head to head
in the first round. They all have one thing in mind--winning the Stanley
SUPER=03-Royal Oak, MI; :00
The NHL has issued a strong warning to the Detroit Red Wings that the
traditional throwing of these slimy octopi onto the ice during the playoffs
will not be tolerated.
The Wings would not hold up against St. Louis. In the first period, Geoff
Courtnall puts the puck in the basket on the assist from Bret Hull.
Pierre Turgeon then scored on the power play and that was it, 2-0 Blues.
Nearly 200 golfers took some swings for charity yesterday at Countryside.
The Cave Spring Corners Kroger grocery store held its sixth annual golf
tournament for the March of Dimes.
The one day event raised 12-thousand dollars for the charity through entry
fees and a raffle.
And there's always plenty of good food for the participants.
((MIKE WALKER/CAVE SPRING KROGER MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Mike Walker/Cave Spring Kroger Manager; :00
OUT Q=...ON THE COURSE."