NEWS-7 AT FIVE IS NEXT--
The latest from Danville, where a police officer shot and killed a man
during an arrest for attempted shoplifting.
And in New York City-- some five-thousand marchers turn out-- protesting
the alleged police torture of a Haitian immigrant.
Humidity is down, fair weather is up and the beach outlook is nice as well.
More on the weather in just a few moments.
On Health Check-- A governmental call for more authority to recall
Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman is demanding power to protect consumers
from contaminated food.
Stay with us-- the News is up next.
The State Police is heading up the investigation into yesterday's fatal
shooting of an accused shoplifter in Danville.
SS=news-7 at five
Good Evening, I'm Connie Stevens.
The medical examiners office confirms a Danville policeman did pull the
trigger during the scuffle.
double boxes Connie/Tina
Tina Tenret has been following the story...she joins us now from our
Danville newsroom with the latest.
Connie, Officer Dewey Hancock Jr. was fighting for his gun with an alleged
shoplifter yesterday afternoon.
By the time the struggle was over, the suspect was lying dead from a single
gunshot wound to the chest.
IN Q=The unidentified victim
SUPER=04-File Tape; :12 quick
OUT Q=arrested for shoplifting
(( The unidentified victim had been arrested for shoplifting at Belk
Department store at Piedmont Mall only moments before-- but he shoved a police
officer and fled from the mall.
Police say Officer Hancock found the suspect in a parking lot of a nearby
furniture store and chased him behind the building...
Police say the man then used Hancock's pepper mace to spray the officer in
the face, and the two wrestled for the policeman's weapon.
The gun went off--striking the victim in the chest.
State police are still investigating the shooting, and still trying to
figure out the victim's name.
The same man was arrested last week for credit card theft, but gave
authorities fake names and addresses.
One of those addresses was 174 Gray Street in Danville.
The man who lives there says he knew the victim only as "D" but D had stayed
with him off and on for several months.
This resident, who refused to give his name, says a second man was with "D"
and was also arrested for shoplifting. ))
State police and Danville police aren't commenting about a second suspect.
They also say the victim was probably not from Danville...but they aren't
releasing his picture in case his family lives in the area.
double boxes Connie/Tina
(Connie question: Did the autopsy report reveal anything about the victim's
In New York City-- thousands marched in the streets for the "Day of Outrage
Against Police Brutality and Harrassment."
Haitian community groups protested the torture of an immigrant who claims
New York police brutalized him.
30-year old Abner Louima is still hospitalized after the August Ninth
He claims officers sodomized and assaulted him after he was arrested outside
a Brooklyn nightclub.
IN Q=That my
((TATIANA WAAH/HAITIAN AMERICAN ALLIANCE PRES. ))
SUPER=01-Tatiana Waah/Haitian American Alliance President;
OUT Q=by police.
So far, four white officers are charged in what authorities say is a
racially motivated attack.
Louima's suing the City for 55-million dollars.
Sealed documents and testimony on a capital murder suspect's psychiatric
state were released at the Roanoke County Circuit Court.
A competency hearing for Earl Bramblett was closed back in May. But an
appeals court ruled that was a mistake, saying the public has a right to know
what happened in the hearing.
News 7 examined court tapes and documents today--they reveal that
Bramblett claims the case against him is an ongoing conspiracy.
Bramblett is accused in the deaths of the Hodges family of Vinton.
A psychiatrist who testified on Bramblett's behalf says Bramblett suffers
from a rare delusional disorder.
Bramblett also maintained one of the Hodges' young daughters was used to
sexually entice him.
He was ruled competent to stand trial.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Is it realistic to mandate Virginia high school students stay at school for
extra-curricular activities? That story coming up on NEWS-7 at FIVE....
But first the victim of an alleged gang initation speaks-- authorities say he
was beaten, HE says he was just wrestling with friends.
It's considered a rural delicacy in the south-- but eating it could lead to
a lethal brain disease.
We'll explain on Health Check. Stay tuned.
The alleged victim in what Bedford County deputies are calling a gang
initiation says the suspects are his friends.
Sheriff's deputies arrested two young men Tuesday morning in Stewartsville on
malicious wounding charges.
Now the 20-year old-- who police say was beaten-- says that's not the case.
Richard Collins admits he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of
the incident, but he says it had nothing to do with a gang.
IN Q=It wasn't like
((RICHARD COLLINS/ALLEGED VICTIM:IT WASN'T LIKE THEY WAS BEATING ME UP. YOU SEE
I WRESTLED IN HIGH SCHOOL AND JAY SAID HE WRESTLED TOO AND SO WE JUST WENT JUST
WENT OUTSIDE AND WRESTLED, ME HIM AND DREW, THAT'S ALL))
SUPER=01-Ricky Collins/Alleged Victim;
OUT Q=THAT'S ALL.
Bedford County Sheriff Mike Brown says this group of young men is terrorizing
citizens in Stewartsville--and that's why he classifies it as a gang.
Children will be returning to school Tuesday... the same day Attorney
General candidate Bill Dolan will unveil specifics of a plan that could make
future school days a lot longer.
IN Q=Every kid
((BILL DOLAN/D-CANDIDATE FOR ATTORNEY GEN.: EVERY KID, EVERY DAY FROM MIDDLE
SCHOOL ON HAS TO BE INVOLVED IN EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES.))
OUT Q=extra-curricular activities.
The Dolan campaign now says-- what the candidate said Wednesday really only
means so-called "at risk" students should be forced to pick an activity -- from
4-H to sports.
IN Q=My point is that
((BILL DOLAN: MY POINT IS THAT FROM 3PM UNTIL 7 IN THE EVENING ON SCHOOL
NIGHTS, THERE ARE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF KIDS WITH NOTHING TO DO, UNSUPERVISED
((MARCIA CORETH/MOM: SHOULD THE GOVERNMENT BE REQUIRED? PEOPLE JUST NATURALLY
BALK AT THAT. YOU DON'T WANT THE GOVERNMENT IN CHARGE AND TELLING YOU HOW TO
DO THINGS ALL THE TIME.))
((I DON'T THINK THEY SHOULD. THEY SHOULD JUST LET US DO WHAT WE WANT.))
((I LOVE THE IDEA. HOW TO DO IT IS THE QUESTION I THINK.))
SUPER=01-Marcia Coreth/Mother; :13!
SUPER=07-Brian Alt; :21
SUPER=01-Maria Hill/Mother; :25
OUT Q=I think.
Dolan says he'll unveil more specifics of his plan.
Republican challenger Mark Earley has NO comment on the plan until then.
Pretty soon you won't be able to pay your power bills at an A-E-P office.
Effective October 13th, the utility will no longer accept walk- in payments
at any of its locations in Virginia and Tennessee.
A-E-P has NOT eliminated all options for people who want to pay in person.
It now has "Authorized Payment Agents" in places such as supermarkets and
pharmacies accepting electric bills.
A-E-P says it's doing this because customers like the convenience of walk-in
bill payment at retail establishments.
Just hours after word leaked that Barnett Banks of Florida was up for sale,
Nationsbank killed any suspense about who the eventual suitor might be.
Nationsbank announced it will purchase Barnett for more than
15-BILLION-dollars, the largest bank merger ever in the U-S.
The deal creates the third largest banking company in the country.
Barnett shareholders stand to make a handsome profit if the merger goes
The stock- swap deal values Barnett at more than 75- dollars- a- share, a
37-PERCENT premium over where the stock closed yesterday.
groovy music UNDER
Take a trip to Claytor Lake...the weather is expected to be wonderful, and
the crafts,-- as Patrick tells us-- are unique.
OUT Q=news-7 at five
STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Looking for something to do this Labor Day weekend?
Patrick Evans previews tomorrow's Claytor Lake Crafts show.
SUPER=21-Patrick Evans; :00
SUPER=03-Pulaski Co.; :12
SUPER=01-Kim Eubank/Crafter; :28
OUT Q=news-7 at five
go to robin.
SUPER=330-Clear/Winds Calm/56-59/Partly Sunny/Light Winds/82-84;
SUPER=331-Mostly Clear/Winds Calm/55-60/Partly Sunny/Light Winds/85-87;
SUPER=332-Mostly Clear/Wind NW-10/54-56/Mostly Sunny/Wind SE-10/80-82;
SUPER=333-Mostly Clear/Light Winds/55-58/Partly Sunny/Light Winds/80-84;
SUPER=334-Partly Cloudy/Patchy Fog/54-58/Fog Early/Then Sunny/80-84;
health music under
In the Two Minute Ticker-- Mike Stevens has a busy high school football
schedule... tonight's Friday Football Extra Matchups are straight ahead.
Plus on Health Check-- a warning for pregnant women.
Eating certain types of soft cheeses while you're carrying could cause
serious harm to your baby.
The concern-- listeriosis.
There's more NEWS-7 at FIVE in a moment, first a look ahead to NEWS-7 at
We'll meet Renee Trump-- a woman who'll never see the man charged with
allegedly beating and raping her prosecuted.
D-N-A evidence identified Cory Kast as Trump's attacker.
But Kast will never be tried for the crime because Giles County Prosecutor
Garland Spangler waited too long to prosecute the case.
((RENEE TRUMP/RAPE VICTIM:THERE'S NOT A DAY THAT GOES BY THAT I DON'T THINK
ABOUT IT, I GO TO BED, I DON'T CLOSE MY EYES, I DON'T SLEEP AT ALL THERE'S
NIGHT I WAKE UP IN COLD SWEATS BECAUSE I JUST DREAM ABOUT HIM JUST HOVERING
OVER TOP OF ME, IT'S NOT FAIR, IT'S NOT FAIR TO ME. ))
SUPER=01-Renee Trump/Rape Victim;
OUT Q=to me.
This isn't the first time questions have been raised concerning the way
Spangler has handled cases.
Teresa Hamilton has more on the prosecutor's work in the County--
tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.
Now on to Health Check. The Clinton Administration today proposed that the
be allowed to recall food that might be contaminated.
Such recalls are only voluntary now.
The proposal comes on the heels of the Hudson Foods e-coli scare.
Byron Pitts reports the idea was announced today through the Agriculture
IN Q=There are still
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :
SUPER=01-Byron Pitts/Reporting; :
SUPER=01-Dan Glickman/Agriculture Secretary; :
OUT Q=BP, CBS News, Washington>
DAN GLICKMAN, AGRICULTURE SECRETARY: THERE ARE STILL TOO MANY
PEOPLE WHO GET SICK .
And for that reason Agriculture Secretary Dan Glickman asked Congress
today for the power to order a recall of tainted meat and AUTHORITY to fine
ANY company up to 100-thousand dollars for breaking that law.
His request comes one week after a record recall of 25-million pounds of
ground beef from supermarkets and fast food outlets all across the country.
A Nebraska based company Hudson Food suspected of producing hamburger
contaminated with the deadly E coli bacteria.
GLICKMAN: THIS LEGISLATION IS NOT, I REPEAT, IS NOT, HOWEVER, ABOUT ANY
SPECIFIC COMPANY. IT'S ABOUT OUR BASIC ENFORCEMENT TOOLS TO HELP ENSURE THAT
AMERICA'S FOOD IS SAFE.
As it stands now federal regulators can only shut down a
plant suspected of producing tainted, meat, poultry or produce. Consumer
groups say the proposed legislation is more proactive giving the government
authority to intervene before it's too late.
The Food and Drug Administration will soon file a companion bill
to cover the rest of the US food supply.
Food Industry groups say they'll oppose both bills-- arguing the government
is more interested in power than prevention.
Either way the meat-safety bill will make it's way to Capital
Hill and thru Congress starting next week.
Byron Pitts, CBS News, Washington.))
First it was Mad Cow Disease. Now scientists are trying to determine if a
similar malady affects squirrels -- and if eating squirrel organs can cause the
rare and lethal brain ailment in humans-- Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease.
Two University of Kentucky scientists explore the possible connections in
an article in "The Lancet."
They report on five patients diagnosed with the disease-- all five had
eaten squirrel brains.
The medical journal is also publishing a tentative warning against the
practice-- more common in the rural south.
A warning for pregnant women-- who are at greater risk for Listeriosis.
Doctors say eating certain types of cheese while you're pregnant could kill
your unborn baby.
Listeriosis baceteria can be found in soft cheeses.
While pregnant women are at a greater risk of becoming sick from the
bacteria-- it's not easy to diagnose.
IN Q=It causes
((DR. ASHLEY HILL/OBSTETRICIAN-GYNECOLOGIST: IT CAUSES SYMPTOMS JUST LIKE THE
FLU-- SOME LADIES HAVE NO SYMPTOMS AT ALL THOUGH THEY HAVE AN INFECTION INSIDE
THEM THAT CAN GET INTO THE PLACENTA. ))
SUPER=01-Dr. Ashley Hill/Obstetrician-Gynecologist; :
OUT Q=into the placenta.
Even though it's rare, the F-D-A wants obstetrician to warn their
patients of the possible health hazard to the baby by eating soft cheese.
((DR. HILL: FETA, CAMOMBERT, THE ROQUEFERT TYPE CHESSES AND THE SOFT
MEXICAN-DIP CHEESES. AGAIN IT MAY BE OVERKILL BUT I DON'T THINK IT'S
OUT Q=don't think it's unreasonable.
The government is moving to ban an ingredient used in over-the-counter
laxatives for more than 90 years.
The Food and Drug Administration says "Fee-nohl-THAY-leen" phenolphthalein
has a possible link to cancer.
There are no reports of the substance actually causing cancer in people.
But studies have found high doses can cause a variety of tumors in lab rats.
The maker of Ex-Lax says the product is safe when used as directed.
An intersting item now from Amsterdam--
26-year-old Olga Lauppe was taking birth control pills-- she got her
menstrual period every month.
So imagine her surprise when she gave birth to a healthy full-term boy.
The Dutch woman says she knew she had put on a few pounds, but didn't think
anything of it because she's large to begin with.
She didn't suspect a thing until she began feeling labor pains on
Minutes later, she gave birth.
Turning now to sports-- a very busy Mike Stevens is prepping for a big
evening of High School Football--but first some racing...Hi Mike.
GRAPHIC=TWO MINUTE TICKER
Welcome folks to a busy Friday as we get set to fire up another season of
Friday Football Extra, and
check out Winston Cup qualifying from Darlington.
Time trials were held under ideal
SUPER=03-Darlington, SC/espn2; :00
conditions this afternoon as Jeff Gordon and his wife Brooke took in the
sights and took a shot at the pole.
Gordon, who will win a Million dollar bonus this Sunday with a win was
seventh fastest today.
The other youngblood who broke onto the Winston Cup scene the same year as
Gordon, Bobby Labonte, was the man today. He went out early and won the pole
with ease with a speed of 170 point 661 miles an hour.
Now the top 25.
WIPE TO QUALIFYING
SUPER=0107-1. Bobby Labonte/170.661/2. Bill Elliott//3. Dale Jarrett //4. Mark
Martin//5. Ken Schrader//;
SUPER=107-6. Hut Stricklin //7. Jeff Gordon //8. Dick Trickle//9. Sterling
Marlin//10. Ernie Irvan//;
SUPER=107-11. Brett Bodine//12. Geoff Bodine//13. Ward Burton//14. Michael
Waltrip//15. Ted Musgrave//;
SUPER=107-16. Jeff Burton//17. Terry Labonte//18. Johnny Benson//19. Jeremy
Mayfield//20. Joe Nemechek//;
SUPER=107-21. Ricky Rudd//22. Jeff Purvis//23. Lake Speed//24. Derrike
Cope//25. Kenny Wallace;
The 1997 high school football season opens tonight across central and
And the Friday Football Extra crews are already on the prowl.
Here's a look at tonight's lineup.
IN Q=MUSIC FULL
OUT Q=...LOGO COMES FULL
(YOU FADE THE MUSIC)
Coming up six I'll join you from Cave Spring, and Roy Stanley will have a
live interview with Fleming coach George Miller, as well.
Also tonight; Steve Mason will have an exclusive interview with former
Friday Football Extra Player of the Week Tyrone Robertson.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Danville/1996 Season; :00
SUPER=01-Tyrone Robertson/Fork Union Defensive End; :13
OUT Q=...With Mike Stevens on Friday Football Extra"
(( What happened to the former G.W. Danville and high school All-American? He
dropped out school last May and did not graduate. Now he's at Fork Union
His complete story later on tonight on Friday Football Extra.))
That's it for five; see ya tonight at 6. Be sure to join us for Friday
Football Extra tonight.
Finally tonight-- a Ronald Reagan spotting.
SUPER=03-Near Los Angeles, CA;
A boy from Ohio has a pretty impressive photo in his scrap book.
It happened when he and his grandfather had a chance encounter with a former
President Ronald Reagan in a Los Angeles park yesterday.
The former chief executive chatted briefly with them and agreed to pose for
pictures on a park bench.
((ROSTIK DENNEBURG/MET RONALD REAGAN: MY GRANDPA GOES, 'THERE'S PRESIDENT
REAGAN!, AND MY HEART STOPS, AND MY EYES START BULGING OUT... ))
SUPER=01-Rostik Denneburg/Met Ronald Reagan
OUT Q=bulging out.
The 86 year old has not made many public appearances since he announced
nearly two years ago he's suffering from Alzheimer's Disease.
That's it for us on NEWS-7 at FIVE...have a safe holiday weekend.