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Is an eight year old boy capable of standing trial for murder?
Find out what a judge decides.
The Air Force says it's found pieces of a missing war plane.
Plus police say beware a band of gypsy thieves.
The rain will end early tomorrow and temperatures will pop back up to normal.
The complete weather story just ahead.
Even if you hate to exercise-- wait until you hear this latest study--
there's no denying the benefits-- for an improved and longer life.
And-- women with heart disease may need to be more aggressive in lowering
IN Q=The charges
((THE CHARGES WERE DISMISSED WITHOUT PREJUDICE TODAY. THIS WAS BASED PRIMARILY
ON THE CHILD'S AGE. ))
out=the child's age
An EIGHT- year- old murder suspect is cleared in Pittsylvania County.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
After a 45 minute hearing in Pittsylvania County Juvenile Court, a judge
decided the boy accused of murdering his stepfather is not capable of standing
55-year old Bernard Rosser died from a severe blow to the head in December.
His body was discovered inside his Gretna home after he did not show up at
Even though the charges were dismissed, prosecutors reserve the right to
charge him AGAIN.
But the boy's attorney says it's doubtful that will happen.
IN Q=That legal
((GLENN BERGER/CHILD'S ATTORNEY: THAT LEGAL POSSIBILITY EXISTS. WHETHER OR NOT
THAT COULD BE DONE OR WOULD BE DONE. THAT'S CERTAINLY IS ANOTHER QUESTION.
THOUGH, THE POSSIBILITY EXISTS, I WOULD NOT EXPECT THAT TO OCCUR. ))
SUPER=01-Glenn Berger/Child's Attorney;
OUT Q=to occur
No one would comment on the boy's future.
For the past few months he's been staying with relatives in Maryland.
But because the case was dismissed, the court loses its authority to
determine where the child lives.
That means it IS possible the boy COULD return to his home in Gretna.
The EX-boyfriend has been charged with last October's murder of a James
Madison University student and her new boyfriend.
25-year old Ann Margaret Olson was shot in the head.
So was 23-year old Keith O'Connell.
Their bodies were found at O'Connell's Harrisonburg apartment.
Both were JMU students.
They had been dating two months.
Olson's former boyfriend, 1996 JMU graduate Brent Simmons, has been arrested
Simmons' name immediately surfaced last fall as a suspect.
Olson filed assault charges against him in July of last year after he
allegedly threw her down and told O'Connell to "watch his back."
A Montgomery County grand jury has indicted two former Virginia Tech
football players on charges of rape and sodomy.
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./File Tape;
Brian Edmonds and James Crawford are accused of assaulting a woman who had
attended a party at their apartment in December.
The woman told News-7 the men, whom she considered her good friends, took
advantage of her while she was drunk.
The grand jury returned true bills against both players, and set their
trials for September eighth.
GRAPHIC=military plane crash inv.
The Air Foce has recovered pieces of metal from an apparent military crash
site in the Colorado Rockies.
The Air Force says one piece appears to be part of a jet engine.
Another could come from a cable assembly found in a military plane.
Investigators are looking at the pieces to verify that they came from an
The weather finally broke today allowing military choppers to go down to the
The warplane disappeared April Second.
Thousands of schoolkids are starting their summer break early.
SUPER=03-East Grand Forks, MN;
Grand Forks, North Dakota, and East Grand Forks, Minnesota, ended their
school years because of flooding.
Meanwhile the Mayor is urging people to pull together and rebuild.
((PAT OWENS/GRAND FORKS' MAYOR: I KNOW THERE ARE SOME FRIGHTENED PEOPLE
TALKING ABOUT RELOCATING. I HEARD A COUPLE ON THE RADIO THIS MORNING. JOIN BACK
WITH US. HELP US FIGHT TO GET BACK. WE CAN'T QUIT NOW. WE CAN GO AHEAD. WE NEED
SUPER=01-Pat Owens/Mayor of Grand Forks;
OUT Q=WE NEED OUR PEOPLE."
The Red River has fallen about half a foot, but it will be weeks before even
basic services are restored.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Police in Roanoke are warning residents to be on the lookout for what's
being called a "gypsy" burglary ring.
And the Mill Mountain Star will not shine for a while... repairs are
underway to fix the Roanoke landmark.
On Health Check-- Muhammad Ali is still fighting-- this round, he's after a
cure for Parkinson's Disease.
Also coming up-- heavy rain yesterday postponed the kickoff of the Greater
Mike has a schedule update in tonight's Two Minute Ticker...stay close.
A chemical weapons treaty goes up for a vote in the Senate tomorrow-
Today it was up for debate.
The treaty's chief opponent, Jesse Helms calls the pact dangerously
((SEN. JESSE HELMS/R- NORTH CAROLINA: THIS TREATY GIVES THE AMERICAN PEOPLE A
FALSE SENSE OF SECURITY THAT SOMETHING IS BEING DONE IN WASHINGTON D.C. TO
REDUCE THE DANGER OF CHEMICAL WEAPONRY WHEN IN FACT NOTHING IS BEING DONE.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Jesse Helms/(R) North Carolina;
OUT Q=is being done."
Helms says the treaty requires the U-S to share chemical weapons know-how
with Iran, Cuba, Russia and China.
While other Republicans and Democrats support the treaty.
((GEN. COLIN POWELL/FORMER JOINT CHIEFS CHAIRMAN: THIS IS IN OUR BEST INTEREST.
WE DON'T HAVE CHEMICAL WEAPONS. WE DON'T WANT CHEMICAL WEAPONS. WE'RE
DESTROYING THEM AS RAPIDLY AS WE CAN.))
SUPER=01-Gen. Colin Powell/Former Joint Chiefs Chairman;
OUT Q=RAPIDLY AS WE CAN."
In a surprise move, former Republican Senator Bob Dole threw his support
behind the treaty.
Police say a band of burglars moving from city to city may have Roanoke on
its hit list.
The burglary ring, sometimes referred to as "Gypsies", has hit two Roanoke
Police say the burglars divide into small teams.
Often a man will drive two women into an upscale neighborhood and drop them
IN Q=one of the females
((SGT. R.L. ARRINGTON/ROANOKE POLICE DEPT.;ONE OF THE FEMALES WILL INVOLVED THE
RESIDENTS IN CONVERSATION WHILE THE OTHER ONE SLIPS INTO THE HOUSE AND REMOVES
OR LOOTS THE HOUSE OF SILVER, CASH AND JEWELRY. ))
SUPER=01-Sgt. R.L. Arrington/Roanoke Police Dept.;
OUT Q=silver, cash and jewelry
Arrington says if you're doing yard work or sitting on the porch, make sure
all the doors to the house are locked.
He adds, if you see any suspicious activity, call the police.
The man who's led Pat Robertson's Christian Coalition since it was founed
eight years ago is moving on.
Ralph Reed is resigning as the Coalition's director to form his own
political consulting firm, Century Strategies.
Reed says the organization will be energeized by new people.
((RALPH REED/CHRISTIAN COALITION: I ALSO BELIEVE IT'S IMPORTANT FOR AN
ORGANIZATION TO BE BUILT AROUND PRINCIPLES AND NOT AROUND PERSONALITIES.))
SUPER=01-Ralph Reed/Christian Coalition Exec. Dir.;
OUT Q=NOT AROUND PERSONALITIES."
Reed says his departure is amicable.
He'll remain on the group's board of directors and help search for a
groovy music UNDER
If you've thought about becoming an organ donor, but don't how to get
involved, Patrick has some suggestions for you.
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
The Star City of the South is losing some of its luster.
The Mill Mountain Star will be dark for the next several weeks, while it
receives a major facelift.
Kinsey Crane and Sign Company built the star in 1949, and today employees
began removing the neon tubing.
The entire structure will be refurbished and by the end of June the star
will have new neon and a fresh coat of paint.
The project will cost the city 60-thousand dollars and officials say it
will keep the star shining for another 20 years.
SUPER=330-Mostly Cloudy/Light Rain/42-44/Mix Of Clouds/And Sun/60-62;
SUPER=331-Light Rain/Wind NE-10/40-42/Clouds & Sun/Wind N-10/60-62;
SUPER=332-Drizzle Likely/Wind NW-10/40-42/Turning Partly/Cloudy/50-54;
SUPER=333-Occasional Rain/Ending Late/40-42/Turning Partly/Cloudy/50-54;
SUPER=334-Rain Or Drizzle/Wind NW-10/38-40/Mostly Cloudy/Wind NW-10/50-55;
health music under
Golfer Fuzzy Zoeller withdraws from the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic.
This comes after comments made about Masters champ Tiger Woods...
Mike has reaction in tonight's Ticker.
On Health Check, exercise and just how it relates to quality of life.
These women, exercising well into their 70's and 80's say use it or lose
IN Q=My doctor says
((MY DOCTOR SAYS I'M IN GREAT SHAPE. EVERY TIME I GO FOR A PHYSICAL, HE SAYS
IT'S JUST UNBELIEVABLE. ))
health bump next
Hi I'm Len Besthoff...coming up tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.
This may be hard to believe, but for years the people that own this Bedford
County farm have complained that Norfolk Southern trains riding alongside it
are dumping bags of human waste on their property.
SOT CHATTIN/CRANWELL TAPE 04:01:00
IN Q=They talked
((LARRY CHATTIN/BEDFORD COUNTY FARMER: THEY TALKED LIKE THEY WAS GONNA CLEAR
IT ALL UP, AND THAT'S WHAT THEY'VE BEEN TELLING ME FOR TEN YEARS, THEY WAS
GONNA CLEAR IT ALL UP.))
OUT Q=clear it all up.
Norfolk Southern will not admit the bags of human waste are coming from its
But the railroad giant does have what it calls a "dry hopper" system, where
on board employees must relieve themselves in a plastic bag.
We'll tell you more about this,take full screen
in part one of our series, "Hopping Mad at N-S"-- tonight: why the farmers
believe N-S is the source of their problems...
double boxes Jean/LEN
Jean, that report's coming up on News-7 at Six.
Len, what do Norfolk Southern and its employees have to say about this?
GRAPHIC=exercise and women
A growing number of women over 50 believe exercise is essential for a long
and healthy life.
It's a belief borne out by a study in today's Journal of the American
Following more than 40-thousand post menopausal women, researchers
found moderate exercise-- at least once a week-- reduced premature deaths of
all kinds by 24-percent.
Two-to-four times per week caused a decrease of 30-percent, while women who
exercised four or more times a week were 38-percent less likely to die.
And what's most interesting-- exercise appears to confer the same quality
of life and life extending benefits as taking the female hormone estrogen,
according to the study's author.
IN Q=The magnitude
((LAWRENCE KUSHI/UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, STUDY AUTHOR: THE MAGNITUDE OF THE
BENEFIT IS COMPARABLE TO WHAT WE MIGHT SEE FROM HORMONE REPLACEMENT THERAPY BY
SUPER=01-Lawrence Kushi/Study Author; :
OUT Q=by itself.
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART*****
Exercise was shown to be most effective at reducing the risk for heart and
For these women--exercising well into their 70s and 80s, it just reinforces
the old adage.
IN Q=The more you
((THE MORE YOU EXERCISE, THE LONGER YOU'RE GOING TO LIVE. IF YOU DON'T
USE IT, YOU'RE GOING TO LOSE IT.))
OUT Q=or lose it.
A new study on women and cholesterol.
Doctors wanted to find out if women with heart disease were reducing their
cholesterol levels enough to prevent further disease.
SUPER=03-New York; :
Reporting in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers
looked at 27-hundred post-menopausal women with heart disease.
They measured LDL cholesterol-- also known as the bad cholesterol.
They found only 10-percent of these women met the current recommendation of
a level of 100 or less.
IN Q=The study found
((DR. DONALD A. SMITH/MT. SINAI MEDICAL CENTER CHOLESTEROL EXPERT: THE STUDY
FOUND THAT POST-MENOPAUSAL WOMEN WHO ALREADY HAD CORONARY DISEASE WERE BEING
INADEQUATELY TREATED TO LOWER LDL
SUPER=01-Dr. Donald Smith/Mt. Sinai Medical Center; :
OUT Q=LDL cholesterol.
****CONNIE AUDIO ON CART****
An LDL of 100 is important because it can reduce the risk of heart attack
and the need for heart bypass surgery.
IN Q=The message for
(( DR. DONALD A. SMITH: THE MESSAGE FOR WOMEN IN THIS STUDY IS THOSE WHO
HAVE CORONARY HEART DISEASE SHOULD BE VERY AGGRESSIVE WITH THEIR PHYSICIANS IN
LOWERING THEIR LDL CHOLESTEROL LEVEL.))
OUT Q=LDL cholesterol level.
So even if women are taking cholesterol-lowering medications they need to
check with their doctor to be sure they are reaching the goal of an LDL of 100
LDL is important-- it's actually what causes clots in the blood.
It's also the cholesterol that's most effectively treated.
Over 52 thousand people are currently awaiting transplant surgery in the
United States, and a new name is added to that list every 18 minutes.
Patrick Evans has a special guest with him today to help highlight National
Donor Awareness Week--a week designated to shed light on the pressing need for
Connie, this is an important week, and an important subject.
As you pointed out, there is a tremendous need for organ donation, and just
one donor can actually help 75 to 100 others in need of organs and tissue.
With me today is Linda Severn, who underwent a transplant more than 2 years
ago. She now volunteers for Virginia's Organ Procurement Agency.
SUPER=01-Linda Severn/Transplant Recipient;
(Linda, first tell us a little about your experiences.)
(ROLL AFTER SUPER)
(As part of Donor Awareness week, special events will take place around the
state and the country, a couple right here in the viewing area. What are some
of those events?
There is more to organ donation than simply signing the card, correct?
What more can people do?)
(Where can they get more information?)
(Virginia's Organ Procurement Agency
My thanks to Linda Severn for taking the time to come and enlighten us on a
very important topic today. Connie.
This week is also National Infant Immunization Week.
from 4na 4:31:35 to 4:31:59
Though the number of kids getting vaccines is at an all time high of 76
percent--- more than one million are vulnerable to vaccine-preventable
The Clinton Administration has set a goal of 90 percent of U-S kids getting
their vaccines by the year 2000.
Muhammad Ali paid a visit to Capitol Hill today,
SUPER=03-Washington DC; :
The former heavyweight boxing champ is urging lawmakers to pass the Morris
Udall Parkinson's Research and Education Act.
The bill would authorize 100-million dollars in research funds.
IN Q=This time
((SENATOR JOHN MCCAIN/R-ARIZONA: THIS TIME THE FIGHT IS TO FIND A CURE FOR
PARKINSON'S DISEASE. FOR HIMSELF AND FOR THE ONE MILLION AMERICANS WHO ARE
AFFLICTED WITH THIS DISEASE. ))
SUPER=01-Sen. John McCain/(R) Arizona; :
OUT Q=with this disease.
Parkinson's, a chronic degenerative nerve disorder, presently has no known
Time now for sports-- soggy greens postponed the Greater Greensboro Classic--
The real news was made OFF The links--here's Mike Stevens.
GRAPHIC=two minute ticker
Welcome folks to your Wednesday night, and today's two minute ticker that
again begins on the golf course in Greensboro.
Today the course was supposed to host the annual pro-am, but the weather
turned out to be as dismal as the mood around the clubhouse this week.
SUPER=03-Greensboro, NC; :00
Heavy rain over night and more rain this morning forced tournament officials
to delay and then completely cancel the pro-am.
Then this afternoon, Fuzzy Zoeller, held a newsconference to announce that
he's withdrawing from the tournament in the wake of the Tiger Woods
IN Q="FOLLOWING THE MASTERS.
((FUZZY ZOELLER/WITHDRAWS FROM GREENSBORO CLASSIC:))
SUPER=01-Fuzzy Zoeller/Withdraws from Greensboro Classic;:00
OUT Q=...was offended.
Fuzzy referred to Tiger as that little boy, and suggested fried chicken and
collard greens would be his pick for Tiger's Masters' championship dinner menu.
Last night K-Mart cancelled its sponsorship agreement with Fuzzy. The company
has since set up an 800 number to handle reaction. (1-800-63 Kmart)
The NBA is again off tonight as the playoffs get set to begin tomorrow night.
SUPER=03-New York/Last Night;:00
The NHL playoffs resume tonight in a couple of series, but the teams playing
tonight will have a tough time duplicating the finish in last night's
Rangers-Panthers overtime game.
Esa Tikkanen won the game with quick shot that barley looks like it enters
The officials had to review the videotape to verify the goal.
Watch the puck hit the in-goal camera and quickly ricochet out of the net.
The Rangers lead the series 2-games to 1.
SUPER=03-New York/Reds vs. Mets;:00
The Big Apple's baseball teams are also looking good today.
At Shae stadium, Martinsville native Todd Hundley slammed a pair of two-run
homers and had five rbis as the Mets beat the Reds 10-to-2.
SUPER=03-New York/Brewers vs. Yankees; :00
In the Bronx, the Yankees doubled up the Brewers 10-to-5 thanks to the bat of
He drove in five runs on the day. Three came home in the second inning on
this double to the center field wall.
Yanks win it 10-to-5.
SS=two minute ticker
Also, this afternoon, the Indians have beaten the Red Sox 11-to-7.
Coming up at six, we'll hear from Chip Sullivan as he gets set to tee it up
in Greensboro tomorrow, plus we'll get to primed for this weekend's NHRA drag
racing weekend at the Virginia Motorsports park in Richmond this weekend.
Have a good night everybody.
take a break
An exhibition of priceless treasures from Russia's imperial past was
stranded in a truck outside a Washington museum for six days because of a legal
wranglings- Now it's finally been moved to the Russian Embassy.
No final decision has been reached on the ultimate fate of the collection.
It includes the Romanov czars' crown jewels which remained in the museum's
But Russia says it wants the treasures back for Moscow's 850th birthday
celebration next month.
The American organizers of the exhibition refused to deliver them to
the Russian Embassy, citing a contract with the Russian government.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- have a nice evening, Goodnight