Straight ahead on News 7-
A suprise in the case against Marv Albert brings the trial to a quick end.
Plus 50 years ago today history was made.
((WHAT HAPPENED HERE CHANGED THE COURSE OF OUR COUNTRY FOREVER. ))
OUT Q=our country forever.
Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures for the next two days. And Tropical
Storm Nora is set to soak the southwest.
On Health Check-- taking aim at child abuse.
Two area groups have merged-- and initiated a permanent campaign to educate
the public about some of the dangers to children.
((FROM MY POINT OF VIEW I FELT I JUST HAD TO END THIS ORDEAL FOR MYSELF.))
OUT Q=ORDEAL FOR MYSLEF.
And Marv Albert does just that- pleading guilty to a lesser count.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
In a surprise move today, Marv Albert ends the state's trial against him-
instead pleading guilty to assault and battery-
Under the plea agreement prosecutors dropped a charge of forcible sodomy.
NBC Television today fired Albert.
Byron Pitts is covering the case and joins us from outside Arlington court
with the latest.
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SUPER=01-Roy Black/Defense Attorney;
OUT Q=beyond repair.
((For sportscaster Marv Albert - it was a familiar setting. A scene
created because of his status and his sins.
Albert cut a deal and pled guilty to the lesser charge of assault
and battery. He could have faced life in Prison if he was convicted of
Prosecutors say he was done in by this woman's testimony
Wednesday. She said Albert attacked her bit her in 1993 and again in '94 -
once while wearing women's panties and a garter belt.
The judge ruled her testimony was a carbon copy of the allegations
in this trial - that Marv Albert forced this 42-yr old women to perform oral
sex and bit her back in a Virginia Hotel room last February.
Prosecutor said he offered Albert the same deal months, but he
Defense Lawyer Roy Black says it wasn't the evidence but
Virginia State law that doomed his client.
ROY BLACK/DEFENSE ATTORNEY
Albert left court the same way he arrived here every day. His
Fiancee at his side his family not far behind.
While he may keep his freedom legal analyst say his future
like his career and his credibility may be damaged beyond repair.))
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It's being called the largest drug bust in Halifax County history.
Operation Fall Harvest is targeting more than one hundred suspected dealers
for selling several drugs including crack cocaine, marijuana and mushrooms.
State and local authorities tracked these people for a year and a half--
IN Q=White people
((JEFF OAKES/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF: WHITE PEOPLE, AFFLUENT PEOPLE, RICH AND POOR,
WE'VE TARGETTED EVERYBODY AND ANYBODY... IF THEY'RE GOING TO DO THAT KIND OF
THING, WE'LL GO AFTER THEM, I PROMISE YOU THAT.))
OUT Q=promise you that.
Deputies also searched cars and houses, seizing drugs, firearms and
The Sheriff says his department has worked double-time on this
He says it angers them when drug dealers are not given stiff sentences.
IN Q=Has been a problem
((HAS BEEN A PROBLEM AND PROBABLY WILL CONTINUE TO BE A PROBLEM UNTIL WE CAN
GET TOUGHER IN THE COURTS AND START LOCKING THESE PEOPLE AWAY FOR LONG
SENTENCES WITHOUT PAROLE.))
OUT Q=without parole
Investigators expect to catch up with dealers who have crossed county or
state lines this weekend.
Twenty two years after a bomb killed a young child, a Roanoke County man is
going to prison for his involvement in the crime.
Frank Helvestine was sentenced this afternoon
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and Joe Dashiell has the story from the Roanoke County Courthouse.
Joe, what was the sentence?
(Rollcue: For his role in a child's death.)
SUPER=01-Barry Mask/Victim's Father;:21
OUT Q=that it hurt.
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Two rescue squad workers testified they smelled alcohol coming from Teresa
Rentch--the evening her daughter was killed in a crash.
The Montgomery County woman is charged with three counts of felony child
neglect for allowing her children to ride in the back of a pickup that collided
with a car in May.
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Rentch's seven year old daughter Samantha was thrown from the truck and
Rentch was a passenger in the cab. Her boyfirend Chirstopher Fisher was
A Montgomery County judge certified the charges against Rentch to the grand
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Sitting behind a wall, with their voices distorted-- witnesses talk about
the mismanagement of I-R-S tax collecting...
And the students now known as "the Little Rock Nine" walked up the steps to
their school to the sound of applause rather than taunts.
On Health Check--
Research continues into cardiac care.
Now, doctors may have come up with an early warning system for imminent
Tonight on Growin It, we prepare for next spring...
And Mike has racing news from Martinsville when we come back.
Police say the driver in an overnight fatal tractor-trailer wreck fell
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./This Morning;
The accident happened about midnight in Roanoke County along an interstate
A fire broke out, killing driver Carol Reece Browne.
Some truck drivers say the incident indicates the need for better safety
along the highways.
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((RUFUS GREEN/INDEPENDENT TRUCK DRIVER: MY EXPERIENCE IN DRIVING IS YOU USE
YOUR COMMON KNOWLEDGE, COMMON SENSE. AT THE SAME THERE ARE OTHER VEHICLES
AROUND YOU THAT YOU HAVE TO CONTEND WITH. SO, NOW ONLY ARE YOU DRIVING FOR
YOURSELF BUT YOU'RE DRIVING FOR EVERYONE AROUND YOU.))
SUPER=01-Rufus Green/Independent Truck Driver;
OUT Q=everyone around you.
A lane of Interstate 81 near Dixie Caverns was closed all day-- it just
It was 40 years ago that history was made in Arkansas-
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Nine black students integrated Little Rock Central High.
Today President Clinton retraced the historic steps with the Little Rock
Nine- who are all middle aged now.
((LITTLE ROCK IS HISTORIC GROUND. FOR SURELY IT WA SHERE AT CENTRAL HIGH THAT
WE TOOK ANOTHER GIANT STEP CLOSER TO THE IDEA OF AMERICA.))
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On September 25th 1953, black students were taunted and spat on as they
attended school- under court order.
Today the group was met with applause-
Tax agents testified from behind protective screens.
I-R-S agents told senators that workers illegally looked into secret
And they said their bosses were bullies who ruined people, then covered it
((I HAVE SEEN DOZENS OF TAXPAYERS SEVERELY DAMAGED AND EVEN MADE HOMELESS BY
THE I.R.S. COLLECTION DIVISION.))
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The IRS commissioner said the testimony has been painful.
((MICHAEL DOLAN/IRS COMMISSIONER: PAINFUL BECAUSE IT DISTRESSES ME GREATLY TO
SEE THE MISTAKES WE'VE MADE.))
SUPER=01-Michael Dolan/IRS Commissioner;
OUT Q=the mistakes we've made."
Dolan promises face to face meetings between taxpayers and their IRS
district staff to discuss disputes.
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Summer might be over, and the gardening season is winding down, but NOW is
the time to prepare for next year.
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STOCKS BUMP NEXT
Now is the time to take care of the cleanup in your garden.
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Patrick Evans has tips today on taking care of both annuals and perennials
for a healthy garden next spring.
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growin it close
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In tonight's Two Minute Ticker-- Mike takes us to the links with a preview of
the Ryder Cup.
What do you get when you take Cindy Crawford's eyes--
and merge them with the best qualities of the women thought to be the most
beautiful in the world?
Scotish researchers are trying to discover what makes people attractive.
Their computer creations, on Health Check.
Doctors may have discovered a way to tell if a heart attack is imminent.
"New Scientist" magazine says doctors suspect heart attacks are linked to
the time the heart muscle takes to recover from its normal electrical charge.
The study compared the heart muscle recovery time between healthy patients
and people who have had a heart attack.
Times varied greatly between the two types of patients.
The local chapter of the American Advertising Federation and the Child Abuse
Prevention Council are pairing up to stop child abuse--
Their first goal is educating the public, through the mass media.
Intern reporter Matt Feret explains.
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SUPER=04-Public Service Announcement; KEEP UP 00-18
SUPER=01-Tony Pearman/Access Advertising; :40
SUPER=01-Shannon Brabham/Child Abuse Prevention Council; 1:07
SUPER=19-Matt Feret; 1:19
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((PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: EVERY PARENT WANTS TO LEAVE THEIR MARK ON THEIR
CHILD. BUT THE MARK THAT SOME PARENTS MAKE LASTS A LIFETIME. ))
OUT Q=a lifetime.
You've seen the commercials, but just who's behind these public service
The American Advertising Federation or, Ad-Fed is a volunteer organization
comprised of advertising, graphics and communications professionals, committed
to informing the public of serious health issues.
Ad-Fed now says child abuse will be the PERMANENT focus of their public
IN Q=So we wanted
((TONY PEARMAN: SO WE WANTED TO COME UP WITH A CAMPAIGN THAT WAS POSITIVE, YET
HAD A FORCEFUL SORT OF REINFORCEMENT OF THESE ARE THE THINGS TO DO, AND THE
LINE THAT WE USED WAS STOP, THINK AND CALL. AND THAT'S BEEN SO IMPORTANT FOR
US TO HIT HOME AND REITERATE EVERY TIME, AND THAT'S WHAT WE'VE BEEN DOING. ))
OUT Q=we've been doing.
The Child Abuse Prevention Council is hoping the public will learn
physical and sexual abuse aren't the only types of mistreatment.
The campaign also strives to prevent EMOTIONAL abuse and neglect.
IN Q=Those are what's
((SHANNON BRABHAM: THOSE ARE WHAT'S OFTEN FORGOTTEN, PARTICULARLY THE EMOTIONAL
PART OF IT AND THE PHYSICAL NEGLECT PART OF IT. WHILE THE MOST COMMON FORM OF
MALTREATMENT, ITS DEFINITELY THE LEAST FOCUSED ON.))
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The kick-off of this new ad campaign comes with a $15,000 dollar donation by
Columbia Lewis-Gale Medical Center.
This unexpected gift may let Ad-Fed reach even more people, in their ongoing
effort to stop child abuse.
Matt Feret, News 7, Roanoke.))
Scottish psychologists are trying to learn a thing or two about beauty.
They want to know what is it about faces that attract people.
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So they're using 30 of the world's most beautiful women-- merging their
images in the computer.
Gradually, on the left side of the screen an "average" of attractiveness
So what makes the ultimate in female beauty?
IN Q=Arched eyebrows
((DUNCAN ROWLAND/RESEARCHER: ARCHED EYEBROWS IN FEMALE FACES, BIG EYES, FULL
LIPS AND PERHAPS A THIN NOSE AS WELL.
REPORTER: WHAT ABOUT MEN?
MEN-- FIRM JAW, STRONG FEATURES, STRONG EYEBROWS, AND A BROW RIDGE QUITE
SUPER=01-Duncan Rowland/Researcher; :
OUT Q=quite often.
For the ideal male look-- they merged Sean Connery with Mel Gibson,
overlayed Tom Berringer-- and voila-- what might be the average of the
In tests, 70- percent of people chose these computerized images as the most
Now it's time for sports-- Racing fans will be flocking to Martinsville this
Mike Stevens has that story-- along with some other stuff in tonight's
Golf leads the way this afternoon as the Americans are in Spain
preparing to open play in the 32nd Ryder Cup competition against the
Europeans in Sotogrande.
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Tiger Woods and captain Tom Kite lead the American contingent that is young
but determined to win back the cup it lost in 1995 on American soil.
The 12 man American team will be tested during the three days of match play,
but they are trying to deflect any talk of felling too much pressure.
((TOM KITE/U.S. RYDER CUP CAPTAIN:))
((DAVIS LOVE/U.S. RYDER CUP TEAM MEMBER:))
SUPER=01-Tom Kite/U.S. Ryder Cup Captain;:00
SUPER=01-Davis Love/U.S. Ryder Cup Team Member; :16
OUT Q=...very, very well."
The Martinsville Speedway's 50th anniversary party resumes tomorrow as the
track welcomes the super trucks and the Winston Cup cars to Henry County for
Tomorrow fans check out both divisions with practice beginning at 9:30.
Qualifying for the Cup cars begins at 3 o'clock, and right after that around
four, the Craftsman Truck series time trials get underway.
And don't forget the speedway has 12 thousand 50th anniversary commemorative
pole day tickets on sale at $10 bucks a piece.
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The super trucks spent a lot of time at the track earlier this month testing
for their only Martinsville appearance this year.
Rich Bickle, who drives the Darrell Waltrip owned Diehard truck says
Martinsville can be a little tricky if you not on your game.
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((RICH BICKLE/SECOND IN POINTS RACE:))
SUPER=01-Rich Bickle/Second in Points Race; :00
OUT Q=...WIN THIS SEASON."
Tickets for the truck race are unreserved and priced at $25 a piece.
They are $5 for kids ages 6 to 12.
Also, don't forget 8 thousand unreserved seats go on sale Sunday morning at
7:30 for the Hanes 500 Cup race.
Coming up at six, Steve Mason joins us with a preview of this weekend's
UVa-North Carolina matchup in Chapel Hill.
See you then folks.
take a break
One of the last living World War One veterans is honored in Roanoke by his
The Virginia National Guard's 116th Infantry is paying tribute to one of the
original members of the regiment... 97-year old Roy Shartzer.
Today Shartzer told some war stories to present day soldiers.
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((ROY SHARTZER/WWI VETERAN:LAST ONE I SEEN TO KNOW, HE WAS CHARLES FARMER OF
RADFORD ,HE WAS...BEFORE HE DIED, HUGH FRASIER GONE, ALL THOSE BOYS ARE GONE.
IF THERE'S ANYONE LIVING I DON'T KMOW IT))
SUPER=01-Roy Shartzer/World War I Veteran;
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The First Battalion 116th infantry is working with Congressman Goodlatte to
give Schartzer a purple heart.