Charges against a Lynchburg pediatrician are upgraded to a felony.
On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight, we''' let the prosecutor tell you why.
And they say her heart's in the right place, but Judi Butterfield has gone
too far trying to take care of stray dogs and cats. We see what went wrong.
In sports, Darren Daulton is retiring--Steffi Graf postpones her return to
And over in Vinton, the top wrestlers in the area are competing in the Big
Orange wrestling tournament.
A weekend to dry out. But the clouds and rain return again by midweek.
Details just ahead.
A Roanoke man was killed in a pre-dawn fight in Southeast Roanoke.
John Glenn Jones died early this morning following a scuffle with another
Police say Jones and another man were drinking along with a couple of women
at a house on Fifth street when Jones allegedly pulled a knife on the other
Jones then punched him in the face, giving him a nose bleed.
Police say the wounded man wrestled Jones to the ground and held him by the
One of the women bit Jones in the stomach hoping to stop the fight.
The knife was dropped during the struggle and picked up by a bystander.
It was later turned over to police.
Authorities have not yet determined the cause of death--
Prosecutors are waiting for the results of an autopsy before they decide
whether to file charges.
Roanoke police have caught one of two men accused of robbing a drug store at
It happened shortly before eight p-m at the store in Southeast Roanoke.
The men, armed with guns, stole drugs from the store's pharmacy.
Witnesses say they saw the men putting on ski masks outside the store.
When police arrived, the robbers fled on foot across Bullit Avenue.
One was arrested, the other got away.
Police say the robbers fired one shot, but nobody was hurt.
The sheriff's office in Henry County has kept a bunch of marijuana from
hitting the streets.
Deputies seized 106-kilos of pot during a traffic stop last week.
That's 233-pounds.. all now wrapped as evidence in these large bundles.
Two men.. from New York and Massachusetts.. were allegedly transporting the
drugs in a tractor trailer.
Deputies stopped that rig on Route-220 just outside Ridgeway.
They say the pot could have brought in a lot of cash.
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((LT. K.G. NESTER/HENRY CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE: THE VALUE IS ESTIMATED
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GONE ON THE STREET AND BEEN SPLIT FURTHER IN SMALLER QUANTITIES.))
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The two suspects are being held on federal charges in a Massachusetts
Authorities will not say where the drugs may have been heading.
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The intention is a good one--helping pets that have been abandoned--but the
results are more than a Botetourt County woman expected. Now she's got 45 dogs
and cats to take care of. We'll have that story coming up on News 7 at Six.
And the painful decision of whether to help a loved one end their life.
It's a political and legal debate in Richmond, but for one Virginia man it's a
very personal story.
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Authorities in Lynchburg have upgraded charges against a pediatrician
accused of possessing child pornography.
At a news conference within the hour, Commonwealth's Attorney Bill Petty
said warrants have been issued charging Dr. John G. Powell with reprinting or
purchasing sexually explicit material depicting children under the age of 18.
Petty said investigators have found NO evidence that any local children
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SUPER=01-Bill Petty/Lynchburg Prosecutor;
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Investigators say they recovered pornographic material from Powell's
office on McConville Road.
Petty says the volume of material entered into the decision to file a
Petty also stressed that Powell is innocent until proven guilty. The doctor
has reportedly resigned and was unavailable for comment today.
It is one of the thorniest ethical questions America faces: should doctors
help dying patients end their lives?
Two Virginia families have turned to the only man who publicly admits to
doing so: Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
Ellen Qualls spoke with one family -- as state lawmakers hurtle toward
making assisted suicide illegal in Virginia.
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SUPER=07-Ralph Jones; :O8
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( In June of 1996, Ralph Jones took his wife Lona to end her life.
((HERE WE ARE GOING OFF TO MICHIGAN NOW. AND THE NAGGING THOUGHT ON ME WAS
ALWAYS THAT WE'RE GOING AWAY FROM HERE, GOING AWAY FROM THE PEOPLE THAT WE KNOW
AND THE THINGS THAT WE'RE COMFORTABLE WITH, SOMEWHERE ELSE TO DIE.))
((I WAS VERY RESENTFUL OF HAVING TO SNEAK OUT OF HERE LIKE THAT.))
Secrecy is mandatory when you seek the help of Dr. Jack Kevorkian.
This is the attitude that's about to become law in Virginia.
((MARK EARLEY/VA. ATTORNEY GENERAL: WE DON'T WANT TO HAVE JACK KEVORKIANS
ADMINISTERING TO OUR PEOPLE WHO ARE TERMINALLY ILL. WE HAVE GREAT DOCTORS IN
VIRGINIA. WE HAVE GREAT HOSPICES. WE HAVE GREAT HEALTH CARE FOR PEOPLE WHO
ARE IN TERMINAL ILLNESSES. WE DON'T NEED TO SUBJECT THEM TO THE LIKES OF DR.
But for Lona Jones, Kevorkian was the sane option.
((WHEN IN FACT DR. KEVORKIAN HAD RECEIVED ENOUGH DOCUMENTATION THAT HE FELT
LIKE HE COULD TELL HER THAT HE WOULD ASSIST HER, IT WAS LIKE THIS GREAT VEIL OF
WEIGHT WAS LIFTED OFF OF HER. HER WHOLE DEMEANOR CHANGED BECAUSE SHE FELT LIKE
SHE HAD AN OPTION WITHOUT GOING TO THE VERY DEPTHS OF THAT DISEASE.))
That disease was an aggressive brain tumor, that withstood surgery,
chemotherapy, and radiation only to regrow.
As a neuro-orthopedic nurse, with training in hospice care, Lona Jones
understood her fate.
((SHE WAS HAVING A SEIZURE ALMOST EVERY OTHER DAY. SHE HAD DECIDED IT WAS
INTOLERABLE. AND THEY HAD AGREED WHEN HER LIFE BECAME INTOLERABLE THAT SHE
WOULD SEEK HIM FOR SOME SORT OF FINAL CONCLUSION.))
A year and a half later Ralph Jones has NO regrets.
((REGARDLESS OF HOW YOU SAY IT IT'S SUICIDE AND I UNDERSTAND THAT. BUT IN
THESE CASES TO ME IT REALLY ISN'T. THEY'RE ALREADY DYING. AND SO THEY'RE IN
THE DYING PROCESS, AND SO THERE'S THIS SEVERE DETERIORATION THAT'S TAKING
PLACE. AND SO ALL THEY'RE DOING REALLY IS SPEEDING THE DYING PROCESS. AND SO
YOU CAN TAKE THE THEOLOGICAL ARGUMENT AND SAY THERE'S AN AWFUL LOT TO BE
LEARNED FROM SUFFERING. SURE THERE IS. BUT SOME OF WHAT I LEARNED IN THE
SUFFERING THAT WENT ON IS NOT SOMETHING I REALLY CARED TO LEARN. IT CERTAINLY
DID NOT HELP ME IN ANY WAY. NOR DID IT HELP HER.))
Virginia's General Assembly has voted once to ban assisted suicide.
The bill must pass again this year to become law.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))
American Electric Power says there's been enough study of its plan to build a
high voltage power line.
A-E-P today asked the state to reject a call for additional study on the
The power line would run from West Virginia to the Roanoke area.
Project opponents last month filed a motion asking the State Corporation
Commission to look into the matter further before endorsing the plan. The
coalition of citizens' groups suggests three shorter power lines would lessen
the impact on residents.
In its ten-page response filed today, A-E-P says delaying a decision on the
power line has "no basis in law" and would be costly.
Carilion Health System is working with schools, churches and other groups to
provide medical care to underserved communities.
Carilion's Board of Directors recently approved three million dollars for the
Community Health Fund.
Carilion President Tom Robertson says all sides benefit from improved health
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((THOMAS ROBERTSON/CARILION PRESIDENT:THE INCENTIVES ARE THERE FOR PEOPLE TO
IMPROVE THEIR HEALTH BECAUSE IT'S GOING TO RESULT IN LOWER INSURANCE PREMIUMS
FOR THEM AND LESS STRAIN ON THE HEALTH CARE SYSTEM.))
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The Health Fund stresses public education programs.
The grant money will be awarded to projects beginning in March.
The stock market declined today, though there were almost as many gainers as
losers by day's end.
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The Dow dropped 67 points to finish the week at 79 hundred seven.
NASDAQ was off a fraction of a point.
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They say dog is man's best friend -- but owning 20 dogs and 25 cats can be a
Tina Tenret shows us how one Botetourt County woman found herself in this
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(( It's tough to say no to puppy eyes.
Judi Butterworth fell for that look, when she brought home her first stray
about ten years ago.
Now she's mom to 20 dogs and 25 cats and as she says, she's in over her
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((JUDI BUTTERWORTH/ANIMAL OWNER: I TOOK IN STRAY PUPPIES THAT DIDN'T HAVE A
HOME AND NOW I'M HAVING A HARD TIME YOU KNOW. BUT I LOVE EM TO DEATH. I'M
TRYING, I'M DOING ALL I CAN TO DO THE BEST I CAN FOR EM.))
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Butterworth calls each animal by name...
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((nat sound: Butterworth calls Sara))
But she can no longer afford a bag of cat food and a bag of dog food every
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((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: JUDI BUTTERWORTH HAS HAD TO PAY $279 IN COURT FEES FOR NOT
HAVING RABIES SHOTS OR DOG TAGS FOR SOME OF THESE DOGS. BUT AN ANIMAL CONTROL
OFFICER SAYS HE'S BEEN BY RECENTLY, AND SHE'S ALWAYS BEEN OUT CLEANING THE
CAGES. AND HE SAYS THERE'S ADEQUATE HOUSING FOR ALL THESE ANIMALS.))
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Butterworth's children built these cages -- one houses seven cats.
Most of the dogs are tied to trees but Butterworth is there to untangle the
She says she feeds, walks and plays with them every day.
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((LYNDA JOHNSON: HER HEART'S IN THE RIGHT PLACE BUT NO IT'S NOT ENOUGH. THEY
NEED TO BE IN OUT OF THE COLD, THEY NEED TO BE IN OUT OF THE MUD AND THE RAIN,
THEY NEED TO HAVE CONSTANT SOURCES OF FOOD AND WATER. THEY NEED MEDICAL
OUT Q=medical care
Most of these animals are NOT spayed or neutered --
Butterworth says she's spent $800 at the vet for animals like Betsy, who has
She's learned her lesson the hard way.
cover this bite
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((IF YOU SEE BABIES OUT THERE, THAT ARE HUNGRY AND THEY NEED FOOD, FEED 'EM BUT
DON'T TAKE 'EM HOME WITH YOU UNLESS YOU CAN AFFORD TO HAVE EM FIXED AND YOU
KNOW MAYBE TAKE IN ONE -- NOT A LOT.))
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Butterworth wants to find loving families for some of these animals -- still
trying to fix the problem that began when they were dumped by the roadside.
Tina Tenret, News7, Botetourt County.))))
And coming up, Billy King is 4 over after the first round of the Royal
Caribbean at Key Biscayne.
And tomorrow, Your Home Town Station will broadcast the Liberty at Radford
game Live Mike Stevens has a preview of the game.
Your Hometown Station will be rocking the Dedmon Dome tomorrow afternoon as
the News 7 Sports team brings you LIVE
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coverage of the Liberty-Radford Big South battle at 1:30.
Mike Stevens, who wil handle the call of the game along with Steve Mason and
Ron Shelburne has a preview for us.
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(( For years Liberty and Radford have been the cream of the crop in the Big
South. But this season both teams have had their troubles.
Radford comes in with a 9-and-9 record still reeling from last night's
humiliating upset loss at home to Belmont University.
Liberty has its up and downs as well this season losing eight of its first
nine only to win six of its last nine.
((COREY REED/RADFORD SENIOR GUARD:))
The rivalry between these two has been both heated and entertaining in the
past with Liberty holding a 15 to 14 games edge in the history of the battles.
In many ways it's the biggest game on both school's schedules.))
((CHIBI JOHNSON/RADFORD SENIOR GUARD:))
Roanoke's Billy King will have some ground to make up after the first round
of the Royal Caribbean Classic at Key Biscayne, Florida.
King shot a first round 4 over par 75 in today's round.
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King is 11 shots behind the leader Dave Stockton. Stockton shot an opening
round 7 under par 64 and he leads David Graham and Lee Trevino who are tied for
second place at 67 four under par.
The 22nd annual Big Orange Wrestling tournament rolled out the mats over
at William Byrd high school today.
16 teams from districts ranging from the Roanoke Valley, Blue Ridge,
Seminole, and Three Rivers are represented. State tournament regular Franklin
County's pursuit of a 10th Big Orange crown could be it's toughest.
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((KRIS KAHILA/FRANKLIN CO. HEAD COACH:))
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The diversity from single, double and triple A school competing allows the
wrestlers to fine tune their skills against unknown competition; a great warm
up for the post season.
((ADAM WILLIAMS/WILLIAM BYRD HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Adam Williams/William Byrd Head Coach; :00
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action resumes tomorrow morning at 10:30.
Darren Daulton picked up a World Series ring with the Florida Marlins this
And today just month's after helping the Marlins win the title Daulton is
ending his career.
The 35 year old Daulton announced his retirement this afternoon. After
spending most of his career in Philadelphia he played the last half of the 1997
season with Florida and is credited with providing the leadership that led the
team to the championship.
One other baseball note, The Toronto Blue Jays will make their first
appearance at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown when they take on Baltimore in the
annual Hall of Fame game on July 27-th one day after Don Sutton is inducted
into the Hall of Fame.
Tennis star Steffi Graf is again putting her return to tennis on hold.
Graf was scheduled to play in a tournament next week in Tokyo. Instead she
is withdrawing because of more problems with her surgically repaired left knee.
Graf felt as though she was making good progress but she can not say when
she will play again.
She hasn't played in a tournament since the French Open in June.
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Coming up tonight on News 7 at 11--
Teens are coming out in full force to stand up for their beliefs.
We'll have highlights of the kick-off of a Christian renewal for young
people taking place in Roanoke.
Join Jean Jadhon for that story and more tonight at 11.
Don't forget--check out News 7 tomorrow morning.
DISSOLVE TO FULLSCREEN/WEEKEND PROMO BOARD
Denise Allen and Andrew Freiden will be here for News 7 Saturday Morning and
News 7 Sunday Morning. That's at eight both mornings.
For Weekend Diner tomorrow, Brenda Bowman of Salem will share her recipe for
Hummingbird Cake with cream cheese frosting.
Then on Sunday Morning reporter Stacey Martin introduces us to Wes Hillman, an
Roanoke aviation buff and himself a veteran flyer who helped train pilots
during World War Two.
And of course Denise and Andrew will have the latest news, weather and
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