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Authorities in Halifax County are investigating why an alleged group rape
went un-reported by school officials.
Two people died in a fiery crash off an embankment overnight near Mill
And actor Jimmy Stewart is dead of an apparent heart attack.
The heat is back on for central and southwest Virginia. Your holiday
forecast is coming up.
On Health CHeck-- more American women will have access to an
An abortion rights group is expanding research trials.
Stick around, it's all coming up on News 7 at FIVE.
Was an alleged rape on school grounds handled correctly, or was it a
That's what officials in Halifax County are investigating.
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Good Evening, I'm Connie Stevens.
A Sheriff's deputy says, Halifax County High School administrators never
reported an alleged group rape that may have happened two days before the end
The Halifax County sheriff and Commonwealth's attorney are meeting with
school officials today, to find out why they kept the alleged incident quiet.
A 14-year-old female student told a counselor she was raped on school
property by three fellow students, while two more boys watched.
She says a teacher finally walked in and stopped the incident.
But even though a sheriff's deputy was on duty at the school, principal
Larry Clark chose not to report it.
IN Q=Being it was
((BARBARA JONES/SHERIFF'S DEPUTY: BEING IT WAS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY, THE SCHOOL
WAS AWARE OF IT, AS ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL AND AS ADULTS, THEY SHOULD KNOW
THAT THIS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO SOMEONE, AT LEAST TO THE DEPUTY THAT WAS ON
DUTY AT THE SCHOOL.))
SUPER=01-Barbara Jones/Sheriff's Deputy;
OUT Q=at the school
The Principal would not comment on this story.
School Superintendent Dennis Witt says the girl did NOT say she was FORCED
to participate in the alleged sexual acts.
IN Q=Our investigation
((DENNIS WITT/HALIFAX CO. SUPERINTENDENT: OUR INVESTIGATION AT THE TIME DID NOT
INDICATE ILLEGAL ACTION BUT I WOULD SAY AN ERROR WAS PROBABLY MADE IN JUDGMENT
BY NOT REPORTING PART OF THE INCIDENT.))
SUPER=01-Dennis Witt/Halifax Co. School Superintendent;
OUT Q=of the incident
All five boys could be expelled, and criminal charges against them are
Two people died early this morning when a Salem man crashed his pick-up
truck while apparently running from the police.
Investigators say 25-year-old Christopher Todd DeWeese ran off the road and
crashed into a tree AFTER a police officer recognized him at Mill Mountain
DeWeese was thrown from the truck, which burst into flames.
Two passengers were trapped in the truck, their bodies burned beyond
They have not been identified, yet.
DeWeese was hospitalized, but police say his injuries are not life
At the time of the accident he was wanted for a probation violation, and for
failing to appear in court.
Investigators haven't decided what charges to file against DeWeese.
Governor George Allen is naming a task force of three to represent
SS=tobacco under fire
to Congress over the proposed tobacco settlement.
Virginia's attorney general, commerce secretary, and transportation
secretary are the only people on the task force.
But the Governor used a Mecklenburg County tobacco farmer and his family to
make his point today about Virginia's unique position in the talks.
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((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I'M JUST TRYING TO FIND SOME WAY FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND
THAT LOOK, THESE ARE REAL HUMAN BEINGS, OUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS OF THE UNITED
STATES WHO ARE BEING AFFECTED BY WHAT YOU MIGHT BE DOING.))
OUT Q=you might be doing
Allen says he's particularly worried that health advocates will try to limit
exports of American tobacco to the world market.
SOT TAPE TWO 01:53:46
IN Q=Every time
((MICHAAL WELLS/MECKLENBURG CO. FARMER: EVERY TIME THAT THE STATE OF VIRGINIA
OR NORTH CAROLINA DROPS ONE ACRE OF TOBACCO, IF THE QUOTA'S CUT OR WHATEVER
HAPPENS, ZIMBABWE, BRAZIL, OTHER COUNTRIES PLANT TWO IN THE PLACE OF IT. SO THE
WORLD DEMAND IS THERE. JUST LET US TAKE CARE OF THE WORLD DEMAND.))
SUPER=01-Michael Wells/Mecklenburg Farmer;
OUT Q=world demand.
Attorney General Richard Cullen says he's meeting with other tobacco growing
states on Monday to make a game plan for Congress.
Two construction workers lost their lives on the job today,
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at the West Virginia-Kentucky border-- when the Interstate 64 bridge they were
working on collapsed.
Officials say a steel beam fell 100-feet, onto a crane-- the cause though,
is under investigation.
Three others workers were injured.
The bridge they were working on connects West Virginia and Kentucky.
WIPE WIPE WIPE
SUPER=03-Rossville, KS; :
In Kansas today-- a freight train derailed, killing a railroad engineer and
injuring a conductor.
More than a thousand residents of Rossville were evacuated-- the train
spilled chemicals and spewed chlorine gas into the air.
IN Q=We had a concern
((WE HAD A CONCERN FOR THE CHLORINE
WHAT IT WOULD DO TO THE HUMAN BODY AND SOME ANIMALS A LOT OF FARMERS OVER
THERE, THERE'S A LOT OF FARMERS OVER THERE THAT WE WERE KIND OF CONCERNED WITH
SO WE JUST TRIED TO EVACUATE EVERYBODY THAT WE COULD. ))
OUT Q=that we could.
The evacuation order has been lifted--
National Guard helicopters were sent out to drop water on fires that began
in the derailed freight cars.
A veteran moonshiner from Pittsylvania County will serve two years in
prison for setting up the operation.
At today's sentencing hearing in Federal court, 61- year- old Amos Law was
ordered to pay a four -thousand dollar fine, in addition to his two year
Various others got sentences ranging from probation- -for their cooperation
with the government- -to a year in prison.
Judge Sam Wilson decided there was just over 100-thousand dollars in lost
federal tax revenue-- a determining factor in sentencing.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
What's the latest on the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" Policy for gays in the
military-- that ruling is next on NEWS-7 at FIVE...
And the lanky, slow-talking actor who embodied American values, Jimmy
Stewart died today.
Also coming up-- Patrick is checking out how the movie industry makes those
special effects come to life... all this and the Two Minute Ticker, when we
GRAPHIC=gays in the military
For the second time, a federal judge has struck down the "don't ask, don't
tell" policy toward gays in the military.
Judge Eugene Nickerson says the policy violates the First Amendment's free
This is the same judge who first declared the policy unconstitutional in
But a federal appeals court panel disagreed with the New York judge's
reasoning and ordered him to review it.
Under the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, gay soldiers can serve as long as
they keep their sexual orientation to themselves and do not engage in
Some positive developments for a high tech Roanoke County company.
Optical Cable signed a deal with a Japanese firm that it says could
potentially mean tens of millions of dollars in future sales.
Optical Cable worked two years to reach this agreement with Alephnet
((BOB KOPSTEIN/OPTICAL CABLE CEO: BECAUSE OF THE KEY NATURE THAT THEY HAVE WITH
SOME VERY VERY LARGE CONSTRUCTION ORGANIZATIONS THAT HANDLE CONTRACTS ALL OVER
SUPER=01-Bob Kopstein/Optical Cable CEO;
OUT Q=southeast Asia.
Optical Cable has received criticism from the financial press for not
meeting certain sales figures since going public a year ago.
The company has answered back with word that its June orders set a new
record, plus some recognition from Wall Street that could go a long way.
We'll have more on Optical Cable coming up on News-7 at 11.
Some major changes are underway at Hollins College...including a possible
name change...as the campus prepares to move into the 21st century.
The strategic plans will include building a new hi-tech library.
The school wants to become Hollins University and have a stronger career
focus on liberal arts curriculum.
President Janet Rasmussen (Ras-MEW-Sin) says the changes will give students
the edge to compete successfully.
IN Q=You will in fact
((DR. JANET RASMUSSEN/HOLLINS PRESIDENT: YOU WILL IN FACT SEE AN OUTREACH TO
THE COMMUNITY THAT WILL ALSO INCLUDE SOME CO-EDUCATIONAL, CONTINUING EDUCATION
AS SUMMER INSTITUTES AND THE LIKE ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Janet Rasmussen/Hollins President
OUT Q=institutes and the like
But Rasmussen says educating women will still be the main focus.
Hollins says these additions and a 46-million dollar campaign are expected
to make a stronger presence in this region.
If you're about to hit the highway for the Fourth of July weekend, there's
Gas prices have dropped to their lowest level in some time.
At this station along route- 460 in Roanoke, we found unleaded self serve
for 97- cents- a- gallon.
Down the block it's going for 95- cents, a big break from a few weeks ago.
IN Q=I've seen
((ANGELA OUTLAW/MOTORIST: I'VE SEEN LIKE A DOLLAR- 19, A DOLLAR- 17, YOU KNOW,
IT'S BEEN UP THERE. So this has been a pleasant surprise? OUTLAW: YES IT
((LORA AKERS/MOTORIST: USUALLY IT GOES UP DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASONS, WHEN YOU
GOT A LONG WEEKEND, USUALLY IT GOES UP.))
SUPER=01-Angela Outlaw/Motorist; :00
SUPER=01-Lora Akers/Motorist; :11 (quick!)
OUT Q=goes up.
Triple- A of Virginia says nationwide, prices are down about five- cents- a-
gallon compared to a year ago.
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From "The Lost World" to "Batman & Robin", big named stars are drawing
people to the theaters this summer, but there is more to this summer movie
((PATRICK EVANS: LOT OF SPECIAL EFFECTS TO DRIVE YOU BATTY, WE'LL TELL YOU
ABOUT BOX OFFICE BOMBS AS WELL AS BEST BEST COMING NEXT--SAME BAT CHANNEL. STAY
OUT Q=Stay with us.
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
The biggest potential blockbuster of the summer, "Men in Black" opens to
audiences nationwide today, and Patrick Evans says the extraterrestrial
activity has come home to roost in Salem.
IN Q=This is the scene...
SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :12
SUPER=01-Michael McGee/Filmmaker; :47
OUT Q=News 7 at Five.
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health music under
In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- what's caused the Avalanche's big
turn-around? The team has really moved up in the standings recently...Mike has
On Health Check-- the latest on ovarian cancer-- and ways the risk is
diminished for women.
Each year about 20-thousand are diagnosed with the disease.
Good Evening, I'm Keith Humphry, here's a look at what else you'll see
tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.
Lucy Hogan has lived on Orange Avenue in Roanoke for more than 30 years..
and she's fighting to stay there... even as a rotting roof and other
problems threaten to force Hogan and her daughter from their home.
IN Q=I don't want to leave
((LUCY HOGAN: I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE HERE. I DIDN'T BUY THIS HOUSE TO LEAVE.))
OUT Q=buy this house to leave.
We'll hear more from Lucy Hogan and (----------------)
bring you the rest of the day's news...
double boxes Keith/Connie
Connie at six o'clock.
Ten-thousand U-S women will be able to get the so-called abortion pill for
It's an effort by a group to make the pill available until it can be
The group -- called Abortion Rights Mobilization -- has already provided
the R-U-486 drug to a thousand women in clinical trials.
It will now be making it available at sites in New York, Texas, Maryland
The Food and Drug Administration has given the group permission to conduct
tests on the drug -- as long as it doesn't charge anything.
It's been known that taking birth control pills can cut a woman's risk of
developing ovarian cancer by as much as half.
But exactly how the pill protects women hasn't really been understood.
Now a new study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has some
IN Q=Researchers at Duke University
OUT Q=detection of the disease.
Researchers at Duke University
Medical Center find ovulation appears to alter the tumor-suppressor gene known
Consequently, the higher the number of ovulatory cycles a woman has in her
lifetime-- the greater her cancer risk.
Since ovulation does not occur during pregnancy, and since birth control
pills suppress ovulation,
researchers suggests that those with the least risk of developing ovarian
cancer are mothers who've had at least three children, and those who've taken
the pill over a long period of time.
The hope is the research will lead to a screening method for improved
earlier detection of the disease.))
For men with cancer of the prostate, surgery may be the best option.
A new study in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds
between 60 and 97 percent of men who undergo the surgery survive 10 years
The men who did the best were those whose cancer had not spread and who had
lower grade cancer cells.
The study though, did NOT compare different treatments-- so there is still
debate about which method is best.
Prostate cancer affects one out of every 10-thousand men.
Let's head into the sports world now for some afternoon highlights from the
diamond...here's Mike Stevens.
GRAPHIC=TWO MINUTE TICKER
Welcome everybody to the midweek ticker that gets started this afternoon with
highlights from the big league
In New York, the Braves won their three game series with the Yankees 2 games
to won by taking the rubber match 2-to-nothing today.
As he did last night Ryan Klesko provided the offensive firepower with this
massive homerun in the sixth inning that lands in the upper deck in right
The Yanks activated Bernie Williams off the injured list for the game, but
Greg Maddux froze him in his tracks.
He struck out 8 and tossed a 3 hitter to win his 10th game of the year.Braves
And the the Cubs are trying to close out the Royals at this hour at Wrigley
Sammy Sosa poked this opposite field shot in the second inning to get the
Cubs started. It's his 17th of the year.
Chicago leads it ___ to ___ in the __.
The redhot Salem Avalanche closes out a very successful eight game home stand
at Salem Memorial against the Lynchburg Hillcats.
SUPER=03-Salem/Last Night; :00
Last night the Avalanche closed out its four game series with Durham with an
11 to 5 win.
Salem is now 3 games over 500 for the first time all season, and just two and
a half games out of first place in the Southern division.
IN Q="We're picking it up...
((DAVID FEUERSTEIN/AVALANCHE OUTFIELDER:))
SUPER=01-David Feuerstein/Avalanche Outfielder; :00
OUT Q=...THAT'S IT.
The Hillcats come in one top in the Northern division even through they are a
game under 500. Game time is set fro seven.
Despite all of the rain delays, the folks at Wimbledon have been able to
whittle the women's field down to the semi-finals just in time for the weekend.
SUPER=03-Wimbledon, England/NBC & HBO; :00
Top seeded Martina Hingis advanced with a straight set 6-3, 6-2 win over
Her fellow 16 year old comrade in the field, Anna Kournikova beat French open
champ Iva Majoli 7-6, and 6-4 to earn a semi-final meeting with Hingis.
Also today Jana Novotna easily whipped Yahyuk Basuki 6-3 and 6-3, while
Aranxta Sanchez Vicario downed Nathalie Tauziat in straight sets.
Pete Sampras and Boris Becker won today and will meet tomorrow in the
SS=TWO MINUTE TICKER
Tonight at six, Roy Stanley will take us out to salem for a look at this
week's Salem Avalanche baseball camp.
Have a nice evening everybody.
take a break
Legendary actor Jimmy Stewart has died.
The man who's roles often embraced moral courage apparently died of a heart
attack at his Beverly Hills home.
Stewart starred in many movies including "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and
his personal favorite "It's a Wonderful Life."
In all, he appeared in more than 75-films.
He won a best actor Academy Award for "The Philadelphia Story," and he was
nominated for the Oscar four other times.
Jimmy Stewart was 89.
Finally tonight, if you think you can handle Roller Coasters of all kinds,
then check out this group in San Diego California.
SUPER=03-San Diego, CA;
It was all for the "Whirl Til You Hurl" contest.
For 12 days, 22-contestants were riding, eating and sleeping on the Giant
Dipper roller coaster.
Friends and fans accumulated since the marathon began June 20th.
Three people survived...and were dubbed the three amigos...
One of the contestants took this bonding session very seriously.
OUT Q=its great, its great.
The Three Amigos completed about three thousand laps on the
Dipper....now they'll enjoy a smoother ride..they each won new cars.