Next on News 7-
A deadly car fire in Franklin County-
A shoplifter is picked up with so much loot it filled up a truck.
And the explorer who brought the ocean into our living rooms- passes away.
Isolated thunderstorms brought large hail to several counties and tomorrow
will be rather active as well. More on the weather straight ahead.
Around the age of 40, many people start to notice their arms getting
Actually, it might be presbyopia-- trouble seeing things close up.
The latest remedy, on Health Check.
The investigation is underway following the discovery of a body and a burned
car in Franklin County.
GRAPHIC=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Authorities in Franklin County say they do not believe a fatal car fire was
the result of foul play.
The burned Camaro was discovered near the Blue Ridge Parkway on Monday
Though authorities may never know exactly what started the fire, they say
it appears to be an accident.
((LT. EWELL HUNT/FRANKLIN CO. SHERIFFS DEPT.: WHEN WE INITIALLY FOUND THE CAR,
WE DIDN'T HAVE ANY IDEA WHO IT WAS, WHERE THE VEHICLE MIGHT HAVE COME FROM, AND
THEN WE HAD TO INVESTIGATE IT AS A WORST- CASE SCENARIO. BUT PROBABLY AS OF
YESTERDAY EVENING AT 4:30 OR FIVE O'CLOCK WE DO NOT THINK IT IS FOUL PLAY AT
THIS TIME WHICH WE PROBABLY CAN'T TELL POSITIVELY FOR SURE, PROBABLY TOTALLY
RULE THAT OUT, UNTIL THE AUTOPSY IS COMPLETED.))
SUPER=01-Lt. Ewell Hunt/Franklin Co. Sheriffs Dept.;
OUT Q=the autopsy is completed.
Authorities have identified the victim as 37- year- old Michael Dekker of
The medical examiner's office told investigators that he was apparently
overcome by smoke, and his death has been ruled an accident.
Two people were injured in a motorcycle accident in Roanoke County this
It happened around 12:30, on Brambleton Avenue.
Witnesses say a car trying to make a left turn collided with a motorcycle,
carrying a man and a woman.
Rescue workers took both people on the motorcycle to the hospital.
Police say their injuries were NOT serious.
A collision in Space today- a cargo ship smashes into the Mir Space Station.
crippling the station's power supply.
Photographs show dents in Mir's radiator and bends in the solar boom.
The crew of two Russians and one American quickly sealed off the damaged
section and retreated deeper into the space station- averting disaster.
((FRANK CULBERTSON/SHUTTLE MIR PROGRAM MGR: THE CREW IS FINE. THEY DID SENSE
THE DEPRESSURIZATION BUT REACTED QUICKLY BASED ON THEIR TRAINING, SEALED IT UP
EVEN QUICKER THAN I ANTICIPATED THEY WOULD.))
SUPER=01-Frank Culbertson/Shuttle Mir Program Mgr;
OUT Q=anticipated they would."
NASA and Russian space officials are assessing damage aboard Mir to see if
it has enough power to remain stable.
Meanwhile the crew will do everything in slow motion to conserve oxygen.
The search for a missing Roanoke pilot and his plane came to an end last
night in Saint Augustine, Florida.
The Civil Air Patrol had spent the past 24 hours searching a broad corridor
of terrain between Roanoke and North Carolina.
Pilot David Turner left Roanoke Sunday morning, but never arrived at his
stated destination of CLEARWATER, Florida.
Last night airport officials in St. Augustine found his plane on the ground
Turner later contacted his wife and told her he didn't realize anyone was
looking for him.
She chalks it up to mis-communication.
Tomorrow, 40 states and the nation's cigarette makers return to the
Eight thousand Virginians who work for Philip Morris will be represented.
But Virginia's 84-hundred tobacco farmers will NOT.
IN Q=But the
((CARLTON COURTER/VA. AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: BUT THE GROWERS LAST YEAR GOT
RECORD PRICES FOR THEIR TOBACCO. THEY WERE UP UNTIL RECENTLY FEELING PRETTY
GOOD. THEIR CONCERN IS THAT THEY MIGHT BE DEALT OUT OF THIS DEAL, SHUT OUT OF
SUPER=01-Carlton Courter/Va. Agriculture Commissioner;
OUT Q=this deal.
And indeed they have been.
An aid package to tobacco farmers was part of the secret negotiations at one
It was the tobacco giants that axed it.
Don Beyer would like to see some settlement money go the way of the farming
IN Q=Virginia needs
((VIRGINIA NEEDS TO FIGHT FOR ITS SHARE. AND WHEN WE GET OUR FAIR SHARE, I
THINK WE NEED TO COMMIT A SIGNIFICANT BULK OF THAT TO THE TOBACCO GROWING
REGIONS OF THE STATE: SOUTHSIDE AND SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA.))
OUT Q=southwest Virginia.
Former attorney general and candidate for governor Jim Gilmore says his
office closely watched the negotiations... but had NO role in negotiating.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
A major department store chain's regional headquarters is leaving the
southside and heading for the state capital.
And Jacques Cousteau, the explorer who brought the undersea world to millions
of landlocked people died today.
Notice lately, it's been a little warmer?
On Health Check, time for that seasonal study on beating the heat-- some
advice from area experts.
Also coming up its called "Funny Furniture" and its in Fincastle.
Patrick has the scoop on some traditional yet unusal pieces...its heading
your way on NEWS-7 at FIVE.
New York State police say a woman shoplifted so much clothing they needed a
tractor trailer to haul the goods away.
Take a look at all the loot.
Bags and bags of clothing-
Boxs and racks of even more- clothing worth 200 thousand dollars.
Virginia (Char-BOYZ) Charlesbois is charged with stealing more than
six-thousand items from Syracuse-area department stores over ten years.
((CAPT. JOHN WOOD/NY STATE POLICE: THE MAJORITY OF THE CLOTHING THAT WE DID IN
FACT RECOVER STILL HAS THE STORE AND PRICE TAGS ON IT.))
SUPER=01-Capt. John Wood/N.Y. State Police;
OUT Q=price tags on it."
Charlesbois has had previous run-ins with the law.
It was a parole officer visiting her home recently who found every room
filled with designer clothing.
Southside Virginia could lose about 100 jobs in the fall when a major
department store moves its regional headquarters to Richmond.
Belk of Virginia is closing its offices in Danville and South Boston.
Store officials say they prefer Richmond's airport and interstate, plus the
proximity to four Belk stores.
Meanwhile, South Boston leaders say losing 100 downtown jobs will severely
hurt the local economy.
IN Q=Members are deeply
((NANCY POOL/CHAMBER OF COMMERCE PRESIDENT: MEMBERS ARE DEEPLY SADDENED ABOUT
THIS MOVE. I CAN'T SAY THAT ALL OF US ARE NOT DEEPLY SADDENED BY THE DECISION
BELK MADE TO MOVE THE CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS OUT OF HALIFAX COUNTY AND SOUTH
BOSTON. JUST EVERYBODY RIGHT NOW IS KIND OF IN SHOCK AND DISBELIEF AND VERY
SUPER=01-Nancy Pool/Chamber of Commerce President
OUT Q=very saddened
The transfer to Richmond is not expected to affect the stores.
One South Boston Belk employee says the company announced the move Monday.
Halifax Regional Hospital owns the Belk building, sources there say they've
known about the move for months.
Hospital officials say they have no future plans for the building.
He brought the underwater world into our living rooms.
Oceanographer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau has died.
He was best known for his documentaries that explored the sea from his boat
Cousteau had an insatiable hunger for exploration and answers.
((WHEN I WILL BE READY TO LEAVE THIS WORLD I WILL BE SORRY NOT FOR MY PLEASURE,
BUT FOR ALL THE THINGS I'M INTERESTED IN THAT WILL NOT BE ABLE TO FOLLOW UP ON
AND TO KNOW WHAT THE SOLUTIONS WILL BE. THAT WILL BE FRUSTRATING.))
SUPER=10-Jacques Cousteau/Oceanographer/File Tape;
OUT Q=will be frustrating.:
Jacque Cousteau was 87.
groovy music UNDER
Fine wood working is a serious pursuit for some, but not for one gentleman
((patrick ad libs))
OUT Q=coming up next.
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
A Fincastle man has taken the art of fine furniture to a new level.
Jake not only builds custom hard-wood pieces, but a line of furniture that
is as unique as it is beautiful.
SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=01-Jake Cress/Furniture Maker; :43
OUT Q=News 7 at Five.
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health music under
The N-B-A draft is tonight-- Mike has a preview and some projections in the
Two Minute Ticker.
On Health Check-- Baby-boomers are hitting that age-- when seeing things
close up gets a little more challenging.
But don't expect the boomers to settle for reading glasses.
Many are opting for something that's "easier on the eye."
It's called monovision-- that report, straight ahead.
Good Evening, I'm Keith Humphry, here's a sneak peek at what you'll see
tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.
The Supreme Court's decision about a Kansas child molester who couldn't stop
himself paves the way for campaign promises in Virginia.
IN Q=We need
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER/D-CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR: WE NEED THAT KIND OF PROTECTION
FROM CAREER PEDOPHILES HERE IN VIRGINIA.))
OUT Q=here in Virginia.
Don Beyer gets out of the gate with the first public proposal to keep
molesters locked up as long as it takes.
double boxes KeithJean
That's coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX.
Reaction to the High Court's rulings-- thanks, Keith.
Sweltering heat and high humidity can make for dangerous conditions.
And with the hot days of summer it's important to be cautious.
In Roanoke this afternoon temperatures reached 90-degrees--with the humidity
it felt like 96.
For those who work outside, days like this can dangerous.
Doctors say in these conditions take frequent breaks and drink plenty of
fluids..like water and sports drinks.
But children are especially at risk. Remember to dress them in light
colored clothing to reflect the heat.
Cramps and fatigue are the first signs of heat exhaustion.
Over exposure to heat can cause a heat stroke..a serious condition in which
the body losses it's ability to cool itself.
The key is common sense.
IN Q=Get out of
((DR.MICHAEL RORRER/ROANOKE MEMORIAL EMS: GET OUT OF THE SUN..DRINK PLENTY OF
FLUIDS..PLAN THEIR ACTIVITIES AROUND THE TIMES OF DAY WHEN THE TEMPERATURE IS
COOLEST..IN THE MORNINGS AND EVENINGS ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Michael Rorrer/Roanoke Memorial EMS
OUT Q=mornings and evenings
Don't forget about your pets.
Give them plenty of water and never leave them closed up in the car.
Most people know that having friends is healthy...but did you know they can
help you resist the common cold?
A report in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds people
who have four or five relationships whether it be a friend, a neighbor, even a
boss-- are less likely to come down with colds.
Being social may lead to a better immune response to diseases.
More than 50 million baby boomers are coming of age-- hitting mid-life, and
experiencing all the pleasures and problems that come with it.
One inevitable pitfall is Presbyopia-- or trouble seeing things close up.
Nearly ever person begins to-- little by little-- lose the ability to focus
as the years go by.
IN Q=The lens of
SUPER=01-Dr. Calvin Roberts/Ophthalmologist; :00
OUT Q=where it is.
IN Q=The lens
((DR. CALVIN ROBERTS/OPHTHALMOLOGIST/NEW YORK HOSPITAL-CORNELL MEDICAL CENTER:
THE LENS OF THE EYE-- WHICH DOES THE SHAPING -- AND WHICH DOES THE FOCUSING--
LOSES ITS SUPPLENESS. IT DOESN'T FOCUS AS WELL -- AND THEREFORE
WE FIND OURSELVES HOLDING THINGS FURTHER AWAY.))
OUT Q=FURTHER AWAY
Americans used to compensate with reading glasses... small magnifying
glasses that help the eyes focus on things "up close."
But more and more, baby-boomers are following the lead of former president
Ronald Reagan-- and choosing Monovision: the use of one contact lens for
reading -- and close work.
IN Q=Baby boomers want
(( DR. ROBERTS: BABY-BOOMERS WANT TO RETAIN THEIR YOUTH --MUCH BETTER THAN
PREVIOUS GENERATIONS-- SO, OTHER PEOPLE WHO ARE CONTENT TO SAY 'OKAY, I'M
GETTING OLDER, GIVE ME THE GLASSES.' THESE PEOPLE SAY NO, I WANT TO BE ABLE
TO BE JUST THE WAY I WAS BEFORE. ))
OUT Q=I was before.
Besides choosing monovision for vanity reasons, contact lenses may create
more "natural" site.
They do though, have a downside.
Having one eye focused on objects "far away" and one on those near-- can
create distance perception and spacial orientation problems.
IN Q=I've found that
(( DR. ROBERTS: I'VE FOUND THAT APPROXIMATELY HALF OF THE PATIENTS ARE ABLE TO
DO THIS COMFORTABLY. THE OTHER HALF SAY "I JUST CAN'T GET USED TO IT, MY VISION
SEEMS BLURRY--I DON'T HAVE THE GOOD DEPTH PERCEPTION: I REACH FOR SOMETHING AND
I'M NOT SURE WHERE IT IS.))
OUT Q=where it is.
Other options include bifocal glasses and bi-focal lenses.
Those might be the best choice-- because you're using both eyes at all
They are however, difficult to get used to, and therefore less common
GRAPHIC=health check bug
For most kids spending the summer in the hospital probably doesn't make the
Top Ten list for having fun.
The positive attitudes of these kids at the Carilion Medical Center for
Children didn't go unnoticed today.
To help get them through the doldrums, they were treated to a cookie party
by Archway cookies-- a sponsor of the Children's Miracle Network.
So maybe it's no day at the park-- but it just might be a start.
Some of the state's best soccer players are spending time with many of the
sport's younger ones.
Plus the who's--who from the college basketball ranks hope to be drafted
tonight. Here's Mike.
Welcome folks to the midweek ticker and one of the biggest nights of the year
for the NBA.
The League's annual draft is set for tonight in Charlotte at the coliseum.
Charlotte is known for having some of the most excitable fans in the country,
but tonight they'll likely be pretty calm.
The Hornets don't have a pick in either round.
The Spurs have the first pick,
SUPER=03-Vancouver, Canada/Last Season;
but the team that need's the most help is Vancouver. George Lynch's
Grizzlies were the worst team in the league last season, and in need of some
IN Q="the nucleus...
((GEORGE LYNCH/VANCOUVER GRIZZLIES FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-George Lynch/Vancouver Grizzlies Forward; :00
OUT Q=...CHAUNCEY BILLUPS.
Billups is a six foot three inch guard from Colorado and the man most
consider the top guard in the draft.
But for my money I'd take Bowling Green's Antonio Daniels, a six four point
guard, who plays like he's seven feet tall.
The Roanoke Wrath soccer camps kicked off this week all over the valley as
kids age 6 to 15 began honing their skills.
The Rivers Edge serves as one of seven sites for the camps from Botetourt
Count to Bedford.
The strength of this camp is obviously the interaction between the kids and
some of the state's premiers soccer players.
((JAMES BROWN/WRATH CAMP DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-James Brown/Wrath Camp Director; :00
76 campers are enrolled at the Rivers Edge session this week. The day is
broken up into two parts; technical training in the morning and games in the
afternoon...with a lot of water breaks.
((IAN SPOONER/WRATH CAMP DIRECTOR:))
SUPER=01-Ian Spooner/Wrath Camp Director; :00
OUT Q=...we need them"
A number of games in the big league are already over today. ___________
SS=2 minute ticker
Coming up at 6, Steve Mason has the story of a Salem High School grad who
horses around-- in addition to playing lacrosse.
Take care everybody.
take a break
For the world's oldest living Olympian, his dream came true.
98-year-old Leon (STOY'-kuhl) Stukelj won six medals in the 1924..28..and 36
Yesterday he finally made it to the Los Angeles Coliseum.. the site of the
He missed those games because his native country Yugoslavia couldn't afford
to send him.
He still has some good moves at 98, balancing his 100-pound body.
Friday, he'll be inducted into the international gymnastics hall of fame.
Stukelj (STOY'kuhl) couldn't win a medal, but L-A officials presented him
with a gold badge.
That's it for NEWS-7 at FIVE-- for more news later tonight--full screen
Join Connie Stevens for NEWS-7 Primetime -- tonight at 10 on WEFC.
I'll see you later, have a good evening.