Next on News 7-
A man admits his part in a deadly crime- 22 years after it happened.
An explosion on the side of a Tennessee highway.
And police may NOW know why a station wagon crashed- killing four people in
Temperatures soar way into the 90's and some strong thunderstorms are set to
move into the region. Details just ahead.
On Health Check, why women are more likely than men to injure their knees-
Plus, a medical mystery is unfolding, with cases increasing-- it may have
to do with contaminated water.
A 76-year old man admits he helped plan a bombing that killed a girl in
Roanoke County 22 years ago.
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Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Frank Helvestine was careful to make it clear he was "an accessory before
the fact"- -that someone else actually PLANTED the bomb.
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Keith Humphry was in court today... along with a host of victims-- their
friends and family members... as Helvestine pled guilty.
It was set for trial tomorrow.
It would have been a second degree murder case.
Given the age and frailty of the defendant, the prosecutor chose to accept
an involuntary manslaughter plea.
Twenty- two years after the bomb that was intended to teach a lesson to an
interracial couple actually killed a 2-year old child- -family members were
ready to have it resolved.
Helvestine pled guilty to arson, two counts of unlawful wounding and
involuntary manslaughter which is defined by "accidental death."
IN Q=Do you accept
((Do you accept this as an accident? NO, IT WAS PLANNED. I THINK HIM AND
RUSSELL WHITE PLANNED THIS OUT. BUT I HAVE NO PROOF OF THAT. I ONLY HAVE HIS
WORD, WHAT HE SAYS. Of course they didn't mean to kill Carrie. I HOPE NOT.
SUPER=01-Barry Mask/Victim's Father
OUT Q=to kill Carrie
The little girl's mother was in court, but she left without comment.
She's reportedly blocked out much of the incident.
Donna Weimer is still unable to discuss the loss- -even with investigators.
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Helvestine faces up to 25 years in prison when he's sentenced in September.
A passenger who survived yesterday's crash on Mount Pleasant Boulevard told
Roanoke police the station wagon went out of control when the accelerator
Police say it appears the accelerator malfunctioned on the Franklin County
side of Windy Gap mountain.
As the car sped down the mountain, the driver, 47 year old Anna Marie
Talbert, tried to brake.
At the Roanoke city limits, the brakes apparently failed and fell apart--
The station wagon flew over a guard rail, overturning several times before
coming to rest in front of two houses.
Talbert and her 14 year old son were killed, along with two teenage
passengers in the car.
IN Q=Oh it was really
((SHARON WOODS/NEIGHBOR; OH IT WAS AWFUL, IT WAS REALLY BAD. WE DIDN'T KNOW HOW
MANY PEOPLE WERE IN IT UNTIL THE GUY ACROSS THE YARD, HE WENT DOWN AND MY
HUSBAND RAN AND GOT HIS FIRE EXTINGUISHER ))
OUT Q=got his fire extinguisher
The neighbors managed to extinguish the fire.
Police say that probably saved the lives of the three children who survived.
There's no word on their condition, but investigators say their injuries are
not life threatening.
An explosion along a Tennessee highway- kills two construction workers.
Authorities say dynamite apparently went off prematurely- on the side of
Interstate 24 in Nashville.
The force blew out car windshields causing several accidents as drivers
slammed on their brakes.
((DAVID LANFORD/TRUCK DRIVER: IT WAS ABOUT TWO RIGHT TOGETHER- BOOM BOOM! LIKE
AN EARTHQUAKE. I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT IT WAS UNTIL IT CRACKED MY WINDSHIELD AND
SLUNG STUFF OFF MY DASHBOARD ON MY TRUCK. SCARED ME TO DEATH.))
SUPER=01-David Lanford/Truck Driver;
OUT Q=scared me to death."
Construction was underway to widen I-24.
The blast killed two highway workers and injured 14 motorists.
The Miami man who lead police to Andrew Cuanan- is 10 thousand dollars
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((ABOUT THIS. CASE CLOSED. ))
OUT Q=case closed."
The Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project awarded the check-
Carreira called police when he heard a gunshot on a houseboat he looks
That's where police found suspected killer Andrew Cunanan dead inside.
((THANK YOU NEW YORK FOR TREATING MY FATHER LIKE A HERO. I WANT TO THANK THE
PROJECT FOR THE REWARD TO MY FATHER. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS THAT MY FATHER
IS STILL ALIVE.))
SUPER=01-Acacio Carreira/Fernando's Son;
OUT Q=is still alive."
Carreira is fighting to get an additional 55 thousand dollars in rewards
offered by other agencies.
The F-B-I Director admits a mistake was made in the way FBI agents
questioned Richard Jewell- the initial suspect in the Olympic Park bombing.
But at a senate hearing (Louey) Louis Freeh said it's not an agency wide
((LOUIS FREEH/FBI DIRECTOR: AGAIN I THINK IT'S NOT AN INSTITUTIONAL PROBLEM. I
THINK THE MORE I THINK IT WAS VERY UNIQUE AND VERY MAJOR ERROR BUT A UNIQUE ONE
FOR THE F.B.I.))
SUPER=01-Louis Freeh/FBI Director;
OUT Q=for the FBI."
Richard Jewell was later cleared.
At issue is whether his rights were violated when investigators lured him
into speaking without first telling him he was a suspect.
(toss to Robin)
(Toss to Robin Reed!)
(ROBIN REED is next!)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Is the mudslinging already underway for fall elections? That's what one
And next on NEWS-7 at FIVE... the residents win round one against the
railroad in a Botetourt County community. Their crossing remains open for
On Health Check, job-related injuries and illnesses are more common than
most people realize-- costing the country about 171-BILLION dollars.
Also coming up, Patrick has a taste for Indian food...
One of the newest restaurants in the Star City teaches us the lingo when we
Norfolk Southern says its temporarily backing down from a group of Blue
Five families are taking on the corporate railroad giant.
They don't want it closing the Cherry Lane Crossing in Botetourt County.
That site provides the easiest access for them to the main road.
Residents say they'll be landlocked if N-S blocks that intersection.
Norfolk Southern lawyers told the families' attorney, Rob Hagan, the
railroad will keep the crossing open until a court rules on the matter.
N-S originally planned to close a number of other crossings July 10th.
No date has been set for the permanent injunction hearing.
It's only July, but one House of Delegates race already is getting ugly.
Today, Lynchburg Republican incumbent Preston Bryant blasted his opponent
for conducting what he called "sleaze polling".
Bryant says a phone survey for Democrat Jimmy Feinman's (FINE-mans) campaign
contained misleading and distorted questions.
IN Q=Would you be
((PRESTON BRYANT/R- LYNCHBURG: WOULD YOU BE LESS LIKELY TO VOTE FOR PRESTON
BRYANT IF YOU KNEW HE WAS CONTROLLED BY JERRY FALWELL AND THE RELIGIOUS RIGHT?
THAT TYPE OF SLEAZY TACTIC BY JIMMY FEINMAN AND HIS CAMPAIGN IS MORE THAN
CONTEMPTIBLE. IN FACT, IN MY OPINION, IT BORDERS ON RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY.))
SUPER=01-Preston Bryant/(R) Lynchburg; :00
OUT Q=on religious bigotry.
A spokesman for Feinman's campaign says they are conducting a phone survey
but calls Bryant's accusations "ridiculous".
Democrats say Bryant is merely trying to divert attention from the real
issues of the campaign.
There's little doubt attending college is costly.
A "tuition freeze" put in place by Virginia lawmakers will ease that burden
But what about the future?
Today members of the "State Council of Higher Education" discussed that
issue in Blacksburg.
College presidents throughout the state spoke about a need for additional
funding for financial aid, higher salaries and the latest technology.
IN Q=I'm not
((PAUL TORGERSON/VIRGINIA TECH PRESIDENT: I'M NOT SO WORRIED ABOUT WHAT
VIRGINIA WILL LOOK LIKE NEXT YEAR OR THE YEAR AFTER BECAUSE OF THIS DROUGHT IN
SUPPORT OF HIGHER EDUCATION WHAT I'M WORRIED ABOUT IS WHAT VIRGINIA TECH,
INDEED, ALL OF HIGHER EDUCATION IN VIRGINIA, WILL LOOK LIKE IN THE YEAR 2005.))
SUPER=01-Paul Torgerson/Virginia Tech President; :00
OUT Q=year 2005.
The board is expected to decide in the fall whether the "tuition freeze"
should continue through the year 2000.
Its decision is only a recommendation-- the ultimate decision is up to the
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Roanoke's known for a variety of restaurants, from Japanese to
Italian...now add Indian to the menu.
(patrick ad lib)
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
From tandoori chicken to your favorite curried dishes, Indian cuisine
offers a variety of spices and unique flavors.
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Patrick Evans joins us from Nawab (nah-wahb), a new Indian restaurant in
SUPER=01-A. P. Pannu/Nawab Restaurant;
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In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- Redskins quarterback Gus Frerotte talks
about his trading card collection.
The story in tonight's Ticker.
Public Health officials are worried about a chronic condition that's on the
with no known cause, and no effective treatment.
The C-D-C isn't having much luck tracking outbreaks of Brainerd's Diarrhea.
IN Q=I think Brainerd's
((MIKE OSTERHOLME/MINNESOTA DEPT. OF PUBLIC HEALTH: I THINK BRAINERD'S
DIARRHEA IS WITHOUT A DOUBT ONE OF THE REAL CLASSIC MEDICAL MYSTERIES IN
INFECTIOUS DISEASES. ))
OUT Q=infectious diseases.
Good Evening, I'm Keith Humphry, here's a look at what else you'll see
tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.
If you're a Beatles fan, then a short drive will take you to the only
museum honoring the Fab Four.
Communities from throughout the state have tried to lure the museum away
from Stanardsville in Greene County.
Most people stumble upon the Beatles Museum on their way to other Virginia
In its first year of existance, 15-thousand visitors from all 50 states
along with some foreign countries.
So what exactly is on display honoring the lads from Liverpool?
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Ellen Qualls takes us on a tour in about 40-minutes tonight on NEWS-7 at
A lot of Beatles fans out there...thanks Keith.
GRAPHIC=injuries in the work place
Working may be hazardous to your health.
A study in the archives of internal medicine claims injuries and diseases
occurring at the workplace are more common than expected--
And more of an economic burden than previously thought.
More than 65-hundred workers died due to job-related injuries and more than
60-thousand people died from illnesses contracted while working.
The direct costs of these workplace problems: more than 171-billion
dollars a year.
GRAPHIC=Health Check Bug
A growing public health problem in the United States is that of
At least a million people a year come down with related illnesses.
SUPER=03-Bonham, TX; :
In Bonham, Texas, about a hundred residents have been stricken with
Brainerd's Diarrhea-- a chronic condition with no known cause, and no effective
It lasts anywhere from a month to three years.
IN Q=I've been on
((ONA CHARLES/PATIENT: I'VE BEEN ON ANTI-DEPRESSANTS BECAUSE OF IT, BECAUSE
I'M AN ACTIVE PERSON. THIS HAS PUT ME DOWN--THIS IS CONFINING. ))
SUPER=01-Ona Charles/Patient; :
OUT Q=is confining.
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In the last decade, there have been seven outbreaks of Brainerd's Diarrhea
documented in the U-S.
But health officials have evidence that it's occuring in greater numbers
around the country-- and going undiagnosed.
IN Q=Given the fact
(( MIKE OSTERHOLME/MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH: GIVEN THE FACT THAT
WE THINK THAT THERE ARE MANY MANY CASES OF THIS OUT THERE I THINK FROM A PUBLIC
HEALTH PERSPECTIVE THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT PROBLEM AND ONE THAT UNTIL WE GET
ADDITIONAL TOOLS TO DIAGNOSE IT WE RE GOING TO BE LEFT WITH DEALING WITH IT AS
A MYSTERY ILLNESS.))
SUPER=01-Mike Osterholme/Minnesota Dept. of Public Health; :
OUT Q=mystery illness.
The condition appears to be caused by an organism that's widespread in the
environment-- yet is impossible to detect by modern science.
And until it is, a cure for those who suffer from it is just as impossible.
Women are more likely to suffer from certain types of knee injuries,
especially damage to the anterior cruciate ligament-- or ACL, that's the
ligament that helps to stabilize the knee.
Now, a new study from the Cincinnati Sports Medicine and Orthopedics Center
finds that women are much more likely to suffer these ligament injuries during
ovulation-- which occurs 10 to 14 days after a woman's period.
The researchers speculate that the injuries may happen because estrogen
levels, and some other related hormones are at their highest during this time,
and act as muscle relaxants and possibly change the chemical compositions of
the woman's muscles and ligaments.
Along with the differences between men and women--
Danish researchers say they've found that men, on average, have
about four billion more brain cells than women.
SS=the human brain
Despite the difference, a neurologist who worked on the study
says it's a mystery what men are doing with the extra gray matter.
You know the saying-- an idle mind is the devil's workshop.
If parents believe that to be true, they'll understand the need to help
their kids have some fun this summer.
It can be frustrating for parents-- the kids can't find anything to do in a
house bombarded with videos, toys, games-- those once-crucial accessories.
At Roanoke's Appalachian Counseling Center, Mike Chiglinksy warns parents
that boredom sets in for kids OR adults-- when they don't feel like they're
And that boredom he says, is usually found in a DIS-organized environment.
IN Q=Too much
((DR. MIKE CHIGLINKSY/APPALACHIAN COUNSELING CENTER: TOO MUCH TIME, TOO MUCH
UNOCCUPIED TIME GIVES INDIVIDUALS A LOT OF FRUSTRATION-- ESPECIALLY THOSE WHO
ARE ACTION ORIENTED. CHILDREN AND TEENS WILL OFTEN FLAKE OUT IN FRONT OF THE
TELEVISION. THEY WILL JUST WATCH AND WATCH AND WATCH, AND YOU ASK THEM WHAT
THEY WATCH AND THEY CAN'T TELL YOU ANYTHING SUBSTANTIVE. HOWEVER, THEY READ A
BOOK, OR THEY GO TO A PLAY, THEY CAN BETTER TELL YOU WHAT THEY HAVE JUST
EXPERIENCED, WHICH IS ACTUALLY AN INDICATION IN THEIR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE
ACTIVITY, RATHER THAN THE PASSIVE NATURE THAT TYPICALLY OCCURS AS CHILDREN AND
PEOPLE GET BORED WITH ACTIVITIES.))
SUPER=01-Dr. Mike Chiglinksy/Appalachian Counseling Center; :
OUT Q=with activities.
Chiglinksy says it's also important for adults to teach their kids how to
cope with "down time."
On the hottest day of the year, talking ice hockey isn't such a bad idea.
In tonight's Two Minute Ticker Steve Mason has some news that's probably
pretty cool to Express fans.
The Roanoke Express announced today that the franchise has resigned three
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Perhaps the biggest signature comes from veteran goalie Dave Gagnon. Gags
returns for a third year in a Roanoke Express jersey. Gagnon was 34-18 and 6
last season with a 3.21 goals against average.
Dave will have Duane Harmer in front of him again this season. Harmer, a
defenseman, played 70 games this past year and registered 32 points.
On offense, Roanoke has resigned speedy center Jeff Loder. This will be
Loder's 2nd year with the Express. In his rookie campaign he produced 45
One NHL note. The Vancouver Canucks held a news conference today to announce
the signing of former New York Rangers captain Mark Messier. He inks a contract
reportedly worth between 18 and 20 million over three years. The 36 year old
leaves the Rangers after 6 season.
As the Washington Redskins continue their preseason workouts in Frostburg, you
might want to mark August 4th on your calendar.
On that date, the team is holding a fan appreciation day in Frostburg where
you'll actually have the chance to meet the players.
SUPER=03-Frostburg, MD; :00
And, if you decide to head up to Frostburg - take the time to talk with
quarterback Gus Frerotte, because he's one of the best at taking his time to
talk with the kids.
IN Q="We were...
((GUS FREROTTE/REDSKINS QUARTERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Gus Frerotte/Redskins Quarterback; :00
OUT Q=...ENJOY THAT."
Frerotte is in his fourth year in the league, and already he is featured on
more than 100 trading cards.
Gus, himself is an avid collector, but not of everything.
IN Q="When I collect...
OUT Q=...WITH THE CARD."
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One other Redskins note. #96; Kenard, formely of the Miami Hurricanes, has
come to terms with Washington. 17th pick, a defensive end, should boost the
SS=Two Minute Ticker
That's it for five, coming up at 6, Mike Stevens will take an indepth look at
Washington's defense. see ya then!
FInally tonight, older men with silver-white beards converged on Key West,
Florida over the weekend.
SUPER=03-Key West, FL;
They paraded on stage like contestants in a beauty contest...
But these men displayed their khakis and cardigans in the 17th annual
The people in the island town decided there must be a festival in Key West
honoring Ernest Hemingway.
One look-a-like came all the way from Brazil.
Throngs of fans cheered their favorites and danced...
The winner, Bart Barton of Deerfield Beach, Florida.
Like the man he emulates, Barton is a writer....of insurance claims.