A tragic ending to an apparent troubled relationship between a Giles County
The two are now dead, victims of an apparent murder-suicide.
It happened early yesterday morning at the home 34- year- old Anthony
Meadows and 32- year- old Susan Jean Sartin shared in Glen Lyn.
Family members found their bodies shortly after receiving an alarming phone
call from 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 according to the family, Sartin wanted to leave Meadows.
But investigators don't know if that's what prompted the shooting.
Lucas says it appears Meadows shot Sartin with a small-caliber weapon,
before turning a semi-automatic rifle on himself.
Some Botertourt County residents are concerned that elected officials may be
sacrificing education for industrial growth.
Scott Prince has the story.
IN Q=Botetourt County
SUPER=01-Michele Kernan/Concerned Parent; :06
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :19
SUPER=04-File Tape; :28
SUPER=01-Jerry Burgess/Botetourt Co. Administrator; 56
OUT Q=S.P., N-7, Botetourt County
((Botetourt County parents made one final plea for more educational funding.
IN Q=Take that
((MICHELE KERNAN/CONCERNED PARENT: TAKE THAT BIG PIGGY BANK THAT YOU HAVE AND
SHAKE IT A LITTLE BIT MORE. YOU'RE GROWN PEOPLE. YOU'RE NOT GOING TO GET
SPANKED FOR DOING IT. JUST TAKE IT AND SHAKE IT AND SEE WHAT COMES OUT.))
OUT Q=comes out
Parents like Michele Kernan are having a hard time understanding why her
Board of Supervisors have asked the School Board to cut its budget by more than
2 million dollars.
If full funding is not granted, teacher pay raises will be sliced and no new
school busses will be purchased.
Parents say it would be one thing if the county was financially strapped.
But they say that's not the case.
Parents point to money that will be pumped into Botetourt Center at
Greenfield and the rebuilding of the Eagle Rock bridge.
But they're most intrigued by the 14 million dollars sitting in the county's
They wonder why some of that money can't be transferred over to the schools.
But county officials say the reserve fund won't be so plentiful in the
IN Q=We've been
((JERRY BURGESS/BOTETOURT COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: WE'VE BEEN VERY FISCALLY
CONSERVATIVE IN BOTETOURT COUNTY IN THE PAST. THAT'S THE REASON WE'VE GOT INTO
THIS SITUATION. BUT THAT AMOUNT OF RESERVE FUNDS IS GOING DOWN. ))
OUT Q=going down
So what impact will this public hearing have?
Parents will get the answer to that question April 25th... when the final
school budget is voted on.
Scott Prince, News- 7, Botetourt County.))
Residents in North Dakota are continuing their struggle to hold back the
swollen Red River.
The Dikes protecting Fargo are showing the strain.
One gave way late yesterday, flooding a school and several homes.
The river reached its highest level on record in Fargo yesterday.
Down river, folks in Grand Forks are scrambling to repair cracks in a dike.
A thousand people have been evacuated as a precaution.
The Red River is expected to top fifty feet there later today or tomorrow.
Still a youngster by some standards, Virginia Tech is celebrating a 125
years of educating students.
The university is so proud of its years it had students and faculty display
the numbers on the campus drillfield yesterday.
About two thousand people were expected to join the display, which an aerial
photographer captured on film for posterity.
Tech enrolls more than 23-thousand students.
The State Health department is studying the numbers at a Roanoke Hospital.
That, after some nurses complained about staffing at Carilion Roanoke
Their complaints focus on the neonatal intensive care ward- where they say
the number of on-duty nurses falls below state guidelines.
Health Department inspectors will wrap up an on-site investigation today.
Carilion says personnel records show they are following state guidelines.
The Health Department will report it's findings in six to eight weeks.
A Richmond man is giving others a glimpse into some of his darkest hours.
Jay Ipson is re-creating his experiences in the Holocaust for all Virginians.
Ellen Qualls has more.
IN Q=Our neighbors
SUPER=01-Jay Ipson/Holocaust Survivor; :00
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
sot tape one 16:33:17
((JAY IPSON/HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR: OUR NEIGHBORS HAD STARTED SLAUGHTERING WITH
BUTCHER KNIVES THE JEWS IN THE STREET.))
Jay Ipson's childhood memories aren't easy to hear.
sot tape one 16:33:27
((THEY TOOK THE RABBI AND CUT HIS HEAD OFF AND PARADED IT THROUGH THE STREETS.
WE WERE ALMOST RELIEVED WHEN THE GERMANS PUT US INTO A GHETTO.))
In 1941, life became a three year hell for Lithuanian Jews.
This museum re-creates the horrible scenes.
550 Jewish scholars killed in one night in their own synagogue... also the
scene of a tragedy that a child remembers.
sot 16:52:16 TAPE 2
((CATS AND DOGS WERE BROUGHT IN AND THEY WERE ALL THE PETS OF THE CHILDREN IN
THE GHETTO. THEY WERE KILLED. THEY WERE SKINNED. THEIR HIDES WERE SHIPPED TO
THE RUSSIAN FRONT TO BE MADE INTO GLOVES AND EARMUFFS. AND THE CARCASSES WERE
FED BACK TO THE JEWS IN THE FORM OF FOOD.))
One of the museum's prized finds is this photo, with a young Jay clearly
visible, of the family waiting in a selection line for the gas chambers.
In the Ipson family, only Jay and his parents were selected to survive.
His sister, grandparents, aunt, and uncles were sent on to what the Nazis
called "the final solution."
sot tape two 17:03:03
((THIS IS THE ROAD TO THE NINTH FORT. EXACTLY--WHEN YOU WERE TOLD TO GO TO THE
LEFT, YOU WENT DOWN THE ROAD TO THE NINTH FORT. AND THERE YOU WERE EXECUTED.))
Two chilling facts for Virginians: the number of Holocaust victims is
roughly Virginia's population today.
The number of children killed in the Holocaust equals Virginia's current
sot TAPE ONE 16:40:00
((JAY IPSON: THE FINAL SOLUTION ROOM IS AN OPTIONAL ROOM. WE'RE GONNA ASK THE
TEACHER BEFORE WE SHOW IT TO ANY CHILDREN. THE REST OF IT: IT HAPPENED TO ME
WHEN I WAS SIX YEARS OLD; IT HAPPENED TO MY SISTER WHO DIED IN THE HOLOCAUST;
IT HAPPENED TO OTHER CHILDREN. WE SURVIVED. WE'VE LEARNED. WE'RE TRYING TO
PREVENT IT FROM HAPPENING.))
The surviving Ipson's escaped into hiding.
14 people spent nine months in a wood-lined underground cave sharing time
near an oxygen tube.
Finally, Eisenhower and the Allies liberated the Holocaust victims.
The Virginia Holocaust Museum opens in Richmond on May first.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
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A move from the red to the black has Valley Bank's shareholders' smiling.
In the earlier part of its startup stage, it was operating at a loss.
But for the second straight quarter, the Roanoke bank is in the black.
Management is especially pleased with the past three months, when it had the
added expense of a new branch after a key location in South Roanoke became
IN Q=We've kept
((ELLIS GUTSHALL/VALLEY BANK PRESIDENT: WE'VE KEPT OUR HAND ON THE EXPENSES.
IT'S A REAL TEAM EFFORT, BECAUSE AS THE BANK GROWS, WE CAN GENERATE MORE
SUPER=01-Ellis Gutshall/Valley Bank President;
OUT Q=interest income.
Valley Bank believes it now has earnings momentum because the money it's
making on loans and other investments is outpacing its expenses.
It's stock is traded under the symbol V-Y-F-C.
The Dikes protecting Fargo, North Dakota from the rising Red River are
showing the strain.
One gave way late yesterday, flooding a school and several homes.
The river reached its highest level on record in Fargo yesterday and is
expected to top fifty feet in Grand Forks later today or tomorrow.
A thousand people there have been evacuated because of cracks in a dike.
The Air Force is considering suspending its intense search for missing air
force pilot Craig Button and his A-10 warplane.
SUPER=03-Eagle Co., CO;
Military officials say if the jet is NOT located within four days the search
will probably be suspended, although satellite observations will continue.
The air search would resume once warmer weather sets in and starts melting
snow at higher elevations.
It's been 15 days since the plane
disappeared -- officials believe it went down within five miles of
New York Mountain.
Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has figured out how to pay a
three-hundred thousand dollar ethics penalty,
he's borrowing the money from former Senate leader and Republican
Presidential candidate Bob Dole.
Some critics say the loan's improper because Dole's about to go to work for
a Washington lobbying firm.
But Dole maintains it's nothing more than a loan between friends and that
he's been thinking about it for a long time.
Some Botetourt County parents fear their children are suffering because
elected officials are placing too much emphasis on industrial growth.
A standing room only crowd greeted the Botetourt County Board of Supervisors
for its annual budget hearings.
More than a dozen concerned parents took to the podium asking that more
educational funding be included in the upcoming budget.
IN Q=I am so
((MICHELE KERNAN/CONCERNED PARENT: I AM SO SICK AND TIRED.... WE'VE GOT THE
BEST SCHOOLS ))
((STEVE HARRIS/CONCERNED PARENT: WE WANT BOYS AND GIRLS TO HAVE THE BEST
EDUCATION... RIGHT NOW. ))
SUPER=01-Michele Kernan/Concerned Parent; :00
SUPER=01-Steve Harris/Concerned Parent; :10
OUT Q=right now
Last month, the SCHOOL BOARD was told it needed to cut its proposed budget
by more than two- million dollars.
Last night's public hearing was the last opportunity for residents to
express their concerns before the Board of Supervisors votes on the budget next
A shelter on the Appalachian Trail has been home to a 58- year- old homeless
woman since September.
Keith Humphry says Peggy (CHILL-ders) Childers LIVED there until her arrest
IN Q=Now she's been
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co.; :17
SUPER=01-Woody Lipps/National Forest Service Officer; :27
SUPER=01-Kathy Nichols/Forest Service Special Agent; :45 (HYPER QUICK)
OUT Q=Humphry NEWS 7.
(( Now she's been convicted- -again--of occupying National Forest Service
property... a crime punishable by SIX months in jail.
SOT STANDUP 12:00:00
((BY HER OWN ACCOUNT, PEGGY CHILDERS LIVED HERE FIVE OR SIX MONTHS, STRAIGHT
THROUGH THE WINTER, LIVING ON PEANUTS AND WHATEVER HUNTERS, HIKERS AND LOCAL
RESIDENTS WANTED TO SHARE WITH HER. ))
OUT Q=share with her.
While the Appalachian Trail Conference asked the Forest Service for help in
getting Childers evicted from the shelter, trail club members were among those
who were bringing her food, enabling her to stay.
IN Q=and a person
((AND A PERSON LIVING THERE FOR MONTHS AT A TIME CREATES QUITE A MESS. IT
BECOMES A HEALTH HAZARD. AND PEOPLE CALL US BECAUSE THEY'RE CONCERNED ABOUT THE
INDIVIDUAL'S WELL-BEING. IT'S COLD. ))
The forest service contacted a long list of social service agencies for
help- -but they know Childers' story all too well. There's not much more they
((THEY HAVE TRIED. BUT SHE ALWAYS LEAVES. ))
For now, Childers has gone back to the city jail, while the Probation
Office works with her attorney in search of a solution.
Keith Humphry NEWS 7.))
GRAPHIC=mornin health check
In Health News this morning,
Imagine being told you can never drive a car, read a book or watch television
For years, doctors told Lynchburg resident Mike Tucker just that.
Tucker is considered legally blind, and had little hope until he met a
Doctor Joe Blackstock prescribed glasses with a micro-spiral telescope.
IN Q=They've got distance
((DR. JOE BLACKSTOCK/OPTOMETRIST: THEY'VE GOT DISTANCE VISION THROUGH THE
TELESCOPE, BUT THEY'VE ALSO GOT SIDE VISION WHEN THEY LOOK AROUND, THEY'VE GOT
USE OF BOTH THEIR SIDE VISION AND THEIR CENTRAL VISION.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Joe Blackstock/Optometrist
OUT Q=their central vision.
Because the device is able to focus, Tucker can see objects at a distance and
IN Q=Without the use
((MIKE TUCKER/EYE PATIENT: WITHOUT THE USE OF THIS DEVICE, I WOULDN'T BE ABLE
TO PERFORM THE JOB FUNCTIONS THAT I DO, AND WITHOUT IT THERE'S NO WAY I COULD
SUPER=01-Mike Tucker/Eye Patient
OUT Q=I could work.
Doctor Blackstock says about 30 of his patients are now using the tiny
(toss to Bump)
Domestic violence claims two more lives in Southwest Virginia.
This time in Giles County...an apparent murder-suicide.
Giles County authorities were called to a home on East River Mountain Road
yesterday morning for a murder-suicide.
Family members of 34- year- old Anthony Meadows went to the home after he
Investigators say Meadows told his family the problems he and his live-in
girlfriend were having were going to end.
When they arrived, they found Meadows and 32- year- old Susan Jean Sartin
((WILLIE LUCAS/GILES CO. INVESTIGATOR: WE'VE FOUND THAT THERE MAY HAVE BEEN
SOME DOMESTIC PROBLEMS THERE. WE UNDERSTAND THAT SHE WAS WANTING TO LEAVE TO GO
BACK TO HER FAMILY. ))
SUPER=01-Willie Lucas/Giles Co. Investigator;
OUT Q=to her family.
Lucas says Meadows shot Sartin with a small-caliber weapon before turning a
high-powered rifle on himself.
Understaffing complaints brought Health Department inspectors to Carilion
Roanoke Community Hospital.
The complaints focus on the hospital's neonatal intensive care unit, saying
the ratio of nurses to babies falls below state guidelines.
A Carilion spokesperson confirmed that an investigation is underway.
Health inspectors will be wrapping up an on-site investigation at the
Carilion officials say the neonatal intensive care unit is NOT
understaffed, and their personnel records will prove it.
A Lynchburg optometrist says he has NOT decided whether to heed the call of
his fellow Republicans and run for the House of Delegates.
22nd District representative Joyce Crouch announced last month she was
Crouch and other G-O-P leaders are pushing Gary St. Clair to run.
IN Q=I still have
((DR. GARY ST. CLAIR/POSSIBLE 22ND DISTRICT CANDIDATE: I STILL HAVE A LITTLE
MORE THINKING TO DO. ALL THIS ENCOURAGEMENT MAKES IT HARDER TO SAY NO, BUT I
NEED TO TALK MORE TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS AND SHOULD BE ABLE TO COME UP WITH A
DEFINITE DECISION HERE VERY, VERY SOON.))
SUPER=01-Gary St. Clair/Possible 22nd District Cand.; :00
OUT Q=very very soon.
Lynchburg dry cleaner Ron Buchanan is the only Republican to officially
announce his candidacy for the seat.
It was not an experiment,
but they did answer the age old question-what do you get when you combine
three-thousand preschoolers and an amusement park?
IN Q=Nat sound
OUT Q=Nat sound
Cloudy skies did not stop the National Association for the Education of Young
Children and Roanoke County Parks and Rec from holding their second annual
Kids got a chance to step behind the wheel or fly through the air.
Also keeping them busy were magic tricks and pony rides.
IN Q=The children can
((TWILA BRISCOE/FESTIVAL ORGANIZER: THE CHILDREN CAN PULL FROM FOUR DIFFERENT
AREAS OF PLAY TODAY, THEY HAVE BROUGHT THEIR PICNIC LUNCHES, THEY'RE GOING TO
PICNIC IN THE PARK, AND THE COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY HAS PROVIDED FREE DRINKS
SUPER=01-Twila Briscoe/Festival Organizer
OUT Q=drinks for everybody.
To deal with the onslaught of kids, festival planners made sure the children
stayed amused and that all lines were kept to a minimum.
Marc Sagmoen hit an inside-the-park home run to help Texas beat Kansas City
For last night's scores, let's check the boards.
WIPE TO SCORES
SUPER=0091-j/Texas/5//Kansas City/1////New York/4/j/Milwaukee/5///;
oc- ...LAST SCORE."