Next on News 7-
A teen wanted for murder in Georgia has a link to Henry County.
We'll hear from the boy's father.
Plus Italian Fashion designer Gianni Versace is murdered-
A suspected serial killer may be the culprit.
As promised, the heat was on today and there won't be much of a break
tomorrow. More sweaty weather just ahead.
On Health Check-- The White House takes a stand on genetic makeup and
what's disclosed to insurers.
Plus, a new flu vaccine that could make the needle a thing of the past.
The father of a teenager accused in a Georgia murder says he was surprised
when the boy showed up at his Henry County home.
Four people in all will stand trial for murder and robbery in Georgia, after
Virginia State police arrested them in Henry County.
The four were headed to see one of their fathers- Buddy Ratcliff- at the time
of the arrest.
Double Boxes=Jean and Tina/Microwave
Tina Tenret spoke to Ratcliffe today-- She joins us now from our Danville
Jean, Buddy Ratcliff says he wants to turn his life around after spending
14 years in prison.
He says he lives happily now with his girlfriend and two young children.
But in recent months two sons he never knew both appeared at their father's
door to hide from police.
IN Q=19-year-old Wayne Curtis Shaw
SUPER=03-Hall County, Georgia; :07
SUPER=01-Buddy Ratcliff/Suspect's father; :20
OUT Q=when I was young
((19-year-old Wayne Curtis Shaw is heading back to Georgia to face charges he
murdered a man near Atlanta last Friday night.
Conus video here of Weaver in court
Two of his alleged accomplices, 17-year-old Elizabeth Weaver and 15-year-old
Steve Radjenoviz, have already been arraigned.
They and another suspect drove to Shaw's father's house in Henry County the
day after the murder.
IN Q=They were just
((BUDDY RATCLIFF/SUSPECT'S FATHER: THEY WERE JUST AS GOOD AS THEY COULD BE.
THEY LISTENED, THEY MINDED, THEY WAS WELL-MANNERED, AND I ASKED THEM TO DO IT,
THEY DID IT.))
OUT Q=they did it
Another of Ratcliff's children has been in trouble with the law recently--
his son, Michael Stokes, was arrested last week for breaking into a house and
shooting at the homeowner.
Ratcliff says he met Stokes only a short time before Stokes was arrested.
IN Q=I'm not ashamed
((I'M NOT ASHAMED OF BEING HIS DAD, BUT I'M ASHAMED OF WHAT HAPPENED. IT DON'T
FEEL GOOD AND IT DOES HURT TO SEE EM MESS UP BECAUSE I WENT THROUGH THE LIFE
WHEN I WAS YOUNG.))
OUT Q=was young
Ratcliff says he wishes he could tell his sons to straighten out.
He says he'd like to spend time with them, perhaps time they didn't spend
together as Shaw and Curtis grew up.
Double Boxes=Jean and Tina/Microwave
(Jean question--Did Ratcliff mention if the four talked about what happened
Central Virginia's regional homicide squad is investigating Lynchburg's
first murder of 1997.
31-year old Steven Waddell Withers was found shot to death near the
intersection of 15th and Monroe Streets around 1:45 this morning.
Witnesses reported hearing two bursts of gunfire.
IN Q=Me and a
((TERESA FARMER/HEARD GUNSHOTS: ME AND A FRIEND, MICHELLE FRANKLIN, WAS SITTING
UP THERE IN FRONT OF MY MOTHER'S HOUSE AND I WAS JUST FEEDING MY DOG AND I
HEARD LIKE FOUR GUNSHOTS. AND I ASKED HER `WHAT WAS THAT?', SHE SAID
`GUNSHOTS', THEN I HEARD LIKE TWO MORE.))
SUPER=01-Teresa Farmer/Heard Gunshots; :00
OUT Q=like two more.
Authorities don't know why Withers was killed.
They're looking for the car he was seen driving shortly before the shooting.
Anyone with information about the crime should call 847-1380.
Trucks were involved in two accidents in western Virginia this afternoon.
A tanker collided with a car on Route 460 near Thaxton around lunchtime.
The car overturned. At least one person was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial
Hospital. No word on that person's condition.
In Glasgow, two trucks collided on the Maury River bridge.
A welldrilling truck carrying a tank of diesel fuel burst into flames, but
the two men in that truck got out safely.
So did the driver of the other vehicle.
Italian Fashion designer Gianni Versace is fatally shot in Miami Beach-
Now the FBI is looking into the possibility that a suspected serial killer
may be the culprit.
SUPER=03-Miami Beach, FL;
Versace was shot this morning outside his Miami Beach mansion-
The 50 year old clothing designer had just returned from breakfast at a
nearby cafe when he was gunned down.
((RICHARD BARRETO/MIAMI BEACH POLICE CHIEF: A MAN DESCRIBED AS A YOUNG WHITE
MALE DRESSED IN A LIGHT GRAY OR WHITE SHIRT WITH DARK SHORTS, WHITE CAP AND
WEARING A BACKPACK SHOT THE VICTIM AND WALKED AWAY.))
SUPER=01-Richard Barreto/Miami Beach Police Chief;
OUT Q=and walked away."
Police say it does NOT appear a random act of violence-
The FBI is now looking into the possibility that suspected serial killer
Andrew (Koo-Nah-nin) Cunanan might be the culprit.
Bill Cosby says he gave money to Autumn Jackson's mother-- to keep her
Cosby testified today at Jackson's extortion trial.
He says he made the payments because Jackson's mother implied she might go
public about their brief affair.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Cosby admits the affair, but maintains he is not Autumn Jackson's father.
The 22 year old allegedly threatened to tell the tabloids that Cosby was her
father unless he paid her millions of dollars.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Is the proposal to cut Virginia's personal property tax too good to be true?
That story is just ahead on News 7 at Five.
and Moscow is asking NASA for help getting the Mir spacestation fixed.
We'll have an update.
There's a scientific debate shaping up over bottled water and water
filters-- and what it means for your teeth.
Also, people aren't the only ones trying to beat the heat this week.
Pets are paying the price as well--and Patrick Evans will be along to offer
some tips on keeping them safe.
An American astronaut may come to the rescue of the Russian Space Station.
Michael Foale may have to step in if one of his Russian colleges is unable to
do the spacewalk..
Mir's crew commander (Vas-a-leet Sivalev) Vasily Tsibiliyev is experiencing
heart problems. (/////SOT/////)
((MIKE FULLY TRAINED IN THE ORLAND SUIT. THE RUSSIANS E.V.A SUIT AS A BACKUP
FOR JERRY LINEGER. HE HAS PERFORMED IN EVA IN THE U-S SPACE PROGRAM.))
SUPER=01-Phil Engelauf/NASA Moscow
OUT Q=U.S. space program."
Foale would need to study up and get more training in the intricate repair
procedure- that could further delay the repair mission.
GRAPHIC=Airborne Express Crash
The National Transportation Safety Board says pilot error lead to a fatal
plane crash in Giles County last December.
But officials also say problems with the training program of Airborne
Express were responsible.
SUPER=03-Giles Co./December 23, 1996;
The D-C 8 crashed into a mountainside near Narrows on December 22nd,
killing the six crew members aboard.
The pilot was conducting a stall maneuver when the plane went down... and
NTSB investigators say training on a flight simulator did not prepare him for
the proper recovery.
IN Q=Because the simulator
((BEN BERMAN/AIRCRAFT OPERATIONS INVESTIGATOR: BECAUSE THE SIMULATOR DIDN'T
REPLICVATE THE NOSE DOWN STALL BREAK OF THE ACTUAL AIRPLANE, THE PILOTS WERE
LIKELY SURPRISED WHEN THE STALL BREAK OCURRED AND ON THE FDR WE NOTED THAT EACH
TIME THE NOSE PITCEHD DOWN THE PILOT FLYING PULLED BACK ON THE WHEEL FURTHER,
WHICH IS A REACTIUON TO THE STALL THAT KEEPS YOU IN A STALL.))
SUPER=01-Ben Berman/Aircraft Operations Investigator;
OUT Q=keeps you in a stall.
SS=Airborne Express Crash
The transportation safety board issued recommendations that include better
testing of stall warning systems, improvements to flight simulators, and a
review of flight training procedures.
GRAPHIC=Personal Property Tax
Some local tax collectors say they want to "set the record straight" on Jim
Gilmore's plan to cut the personal property tax.
The Republican candidate for Governor wants to reduce the tax for local
government, then have the state reimburse those localities.
But critics say that would still end up costing the public.
IN Q=When asked what
((DAVID ANDERSON/ROANOKE CITY TREASURER: WHEN ASKED WHAT WOULD HAPPEN IF THERE
WAS NOT THE STATE REVENUE OR STATE GROWTH TO SUPPORT IT, HE NOTED THAT THE
LOCALITY WOULD BILL THE CITIZENS AS WE DO TODAY. ))
SUPER=01-David Anderson/Roanoke City Treasurer;
OUT Q=as we do today
Officials say the personal property tax is the second largest source of
Some fear its loss would result in a lack of funding for education and
No one in Gilmore's office could be reached for comment today.
Crowd noise is one reason some residents living near Calfee Park in Pulaski
don't want alcohol sold during ball games.
The Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board heard from both sides of the
issue at a hearing this afternoon.
The ballpark's owners want to sell beer during Rangers games.
But opponents argue drinking will contribute to accidents and other problems
in the neighborhoods near the stadium.
The board is expected to rule soon.
groovy music UNDER
Having trouble coping with the heat? Patrick Evans says you're not the
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Summer weather is tough on humans AND animals, especially when the
temperatures rise as they have today.
Double Boxes=Jean and Patrick/StarLink
Today Patrick Evans joins us from a shelter run by the League for Animal
Protection in Fincaslte.
Patrick will tell us more about how to care for animals, and he'll also
address a larger topic- large number of animals available for adoption.
SUPER=01-Cathy Beckner/League for Animal Protection;
(Patrick ad libs live interview)
Double Boxes=Robin and Patrick/StarLink
(Patrick tosses to Robin)
SUPER=330-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/66-69/Mostly Sunny/Continued Hot/90-92;
SUPER=331-Partly Cloudy/Isolated Shower/68-72/Mostly Sunny/Continued
SUPER=332-Isolated Shower/Otherwise Clear/60-64/Partly Cloudy/Continued
SUPER=333-Partly Cloudy/Light Winds/66-69/Mostly Sunny/Continued Hot/88-92;
SUPER=334-Mostly Clear/Light Winds/58-62/Partly Cloudy/Continued Warm/80-84;
health music under
The nation's eyes will soon be on a Bath County courtroom, where
preparations are underway for a legal showdown over tobacco.
That story still ahead on News 7 at Five.
On Health Check, surviving Empty Nest Syndrome.
As the children move on, many couples are learning to shift from a career
and child focused marriage-- to a partner-focused marriage.
IN Q=I think
((I THINK IN SOME WAYS WE'RE CLOSER NOW THAN WE WERE BECAUSE IT'S JUST THE TWO
OF US AND WE'VE GOT THIS JUST TO SHARE WITH EACH OTHER.))
OUT Q=with each other.
health bump next
I'm Keith Humphry, here's one thing you'll see tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.
A third tower will go up on Purgatory Mountain.
Norfolk Southern officials say it's for safety reasons--to communicate in
But some opponents say, it's an eyesore.
IN Q= It's an old
((JOHN SHIFLETT/COUNTY SUPERVISOR:IT'S AN OLD HISTORICAL MOUNTAIN. PURGATORY'S
VIEW VIEW FROM THE PARKWAY IS VERY ATTRACTIVE AND I HATE TO SEE IT GO TO A
GARDEN OF TOWERS.))
SUPER=01-John Shiflett/County Supervisor;
OUT Q=garden of towers
Construction of the 90 foot communications tower is expected to begin within
the next six months.
That story and more coming up tonight at Six.
Double Boxes=Jean and Keith/Newsroom
(Toss back to Jean)
Protecting yourself from the flu may get a little easier---
Tests on a nasal spray version of the flu vaccine have shown that it's
effective in young children.
IN Q=There's no needle
((DR. JOHN TREANER/LEAD STUDY INVESTIGATOR: THERE'S NO NEEDLE ON THE END, JUST
A SPRAY DEVICE. PUT THIS IN THE CHILD'S NOSE AND RIGHT, JUST AT THE EDGE AND
RELEASE A DOSE AND GUARD OFF AND MOVE OVER TO THE OTHER NOSTRIL AND SPRAY IT IN
THERE AND THEN WERE DONE. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. John Treaner/Lead Study Investigator; :
OUT Q=were done.
The spray could be available for kids and adults as early as the fall of
Many people drink bottled water to avoid things they think could harm them
in tap water.
But dentists warn you may be missing one important component of tap water--
The American Dental Association says kids who do drink bottled water should
consider supplements or going back to old fashioned tap water.
Bottled water consumption is now up to about three billion gallons a year.
President Clinton will introduce legislation that will protect healthy
people from being discriminated against on the basis of their genetic makeup.
The bill will prevent genetic information from being disclosed to health
insurers and employers.
The Empty Nest-- whether it's the first child leaving home, or the last--
many couples and marriages suffer through this period.
While children take with them the mess and the noise, they also take their
energy, vitality, and companionship.
Some ideas now, on getting through the empty nest shock.
IN Q=When you are
((CLAUDIA: WHEN YOU ARE TRANSITIONING FROM A FAMILY OF FIVE, FOUR,
THREE AND THEN DOWN TO TWO, THE RULES CHANGE AND THE WAY YOU RELATE TO EACH
OTHER. AND THERE ARE A LOT OF SILENT SPOTS, SILENT PLACES.
DAVID: AND THE GOOD NEWS IS IF WE MAKE IT OVER THIS HUMP, IF WE MAKE IT THROUGH
THIS TRANSITION POINT, THEN STATISTICALLY, THE -- THE FRIENDSHIP AND
COMPANIONSHIP AND THE JOY IN A RELATIONSHIP REALLY GOES UP EXPONENTIALLY. ))
SUPER=00-Claudia Arp/Co-Author; :03
SUPER=01-David Arp/Co-Author; :16
***CONNIE AUDIO ON CART***
The Arps, who've been married 35 years, have conducted thousands of
seminars and written 17 books on marriage.
Their latest, "The Second Half Of Marriage" explains how to re-ignite
IN Q=Build you friendship
((CLAUDIA AND DAVE: BUILD YOUR FRIENDSHIP. KEEP THE COMMUNICATION LINES OPEN.
DATE YOUR MATE. BE WILLING TO FORGIVE YOUR MATE FOR PAST
TRANSGRESSIONS, WHATEVER THEY MAY BE. ACCEPT EACH OTHER AS A PACKAGE
OUT Q=package deal.
Recent statistics show that while the nation's overall divorce rate has
dropped, it is UP nearly 29-percent for couples married 30 or more years.
Because so many marriages end when children leave the nest, the Arps stress
the importance of facing issues head on, and committing time to make the second
half of marriage the most satisfying.
The best women golfers in the Roanoke Valley are teeing off.
and former Tech quarterback Jim Druckenmiller is about to become a
collector's item. Here's Mike Stevens with the Two Minute Ticker.
GRAPHIC=WOMEN'S CITY COUNTY
The first round of the three day Women's City-County golf tournament was
played today over at Countryside golf club.
The players teed off this morning at 8:30 in a shotgun format.
56 golfers are playing in this year's event and that an increase of almost 20
percent from last year.
Marilyn Bussey has the first round lead after shooting a 75 today on her home
But the competition is as hot as the weather. Former champ Dot Bolling is
just one shot back with a 76.
Blue Hills member Janet Cochran shot a 77 today to grab third place. She'll
be on her home course tomorrow.
And Valeeta Pittman is right in the hunt as well, after carding a 79 today.
Tomorrow the event shifts to Blue Hills before finishing up at Hunting Hills
SS=WOMEN'S CITY COUNTY
As far as the team competition is concerned Blue Hills and Hidden Valley are
tied at the top with 330 totals.
Roanoke Country Club is second with a 337 total.
NFL training camps continue to open this week around the country, but two
players won't be on the field in Texas for the Cowboys.
SUPER=03-Irving, TX; :00
This afternoon Charles Haley and Jay Novachek officially retired from the
Novachek caught 422 passes in his 12 year career he leaves the game at the
age of 33.
Haley, who played at both William Campbell high school and JMU, retires as
the only player in NFL history to win five super bowl rings.
Bad backs are forcing both men to quit.
While those guys step aside a whole new batch of rookies is ready to make its
mark in the league.
And thanks to sports trading cards they will have something to fall back on
even if they fail.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA; :00
Recently, the PInnacle card company flew the top 30 rookie draft picks into
Los Angeles for a photo shoot at the Coliseum.
This was the first opportunity for these players to pose for cards in their
new NFL uniforms and not their college jerseys.
IN Q="You know...
((JIM DRUCKENMILLER/49ERS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Jim Druckenmiller/49ers Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...GOOD FEELING."
A trampoline was used to create some of the more interesting cards.
And this stuff was easy compared to the pressure many of these guys like
UVa's James Farrior are about to face on the field.
IN Q="I know...
((JAMES FARRIOR/JETS LINEBACKER:))
SUPER=01-James Farrior/Jets Linebacker; :00
OUT Q=...THE MAIN THING."
SS=two minute ticker
Don't forget the Salem fair is gone and Avalanche is back home tonight to
begin a seven game homestand.
Game time tonight with Frederick is set for 7.
I'll be back at six.
Have a great night folks.
take a break
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
Next month, a crowd of 40 lawyers, and an unknown number of reporters will
descend on the Bath County community of Warm Springs.
A three judge federal appeals panel will hear cases in the Bath County
Courthouse the week of August 11th.
The first case they'll consider, is February's landmark ruling that the
government can regulate tobacco as a drug.
Local official are expecting a lot of interest in the case.
((DARLENE CARPENTER/DEPUTY CLERK; PARKING I THINK IS ONE OF THE MAIN CONCERNS,
SPACES FOR 75 TO 100 PERSONS... THAT'S UNDER CONTROL NOW, WORKING THROUGH WITH
THE COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR AND THE SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT. ))
SUPER=01-Darlene Carpenter/Deputy Clerk;
OUT Q=Sheriff's Department
One of the attractions for the judges is the spacious courtroom, with
seating for about 100 people.
One drawback, there's no air conditioning, so the judges will convene court
at 7:45 in the morning to take advantage of the cooler temperatures.