Coming up on news 7 at 5, a woman from Charlottesville could be reunited with the children she hasn't seen in almost 20 years. Their father is charged with kidnapping.
and an from Shawsville teacher faces more charges of having sex with a child.[Wx-Heads]
A slow moving weather system will bring clouds overnight and rain by Wednesday afternoon and evening. More on the c
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In medical news --
Doctors say they're worried about possible misuse of a popular impotence drug.
And Roanoke City Police are getting in shape to keep the streets safe.
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((MY ONLY TRUE WISH IS THAT WILL SOMEDAY REALIZE I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED THEM AND I ALWAYS WILL.))
[OUT Q=AND I ALWAYS WILL.]
A mother's words after finding her children after nearly 20 years.
Supporters and opponents of American Electric Power's proposed high voltage power line are speaking out in Giles County.
That's where the State Corporation Commission is holding its latest hearing.
Teresa Hamilton was in Pearisburg earlier today and joins us from our Blacksburg newsroom with an update.
Jean-- this afternoon's hearing in Pearisburg is the S-C-C's fourth.
It's also one of the largest with more than 50- people signed up to speak by mid-afternoon.
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[SUPER=01-John Larew/Power Line Supporter; :00]
[SUPER=01-Steve Wachnowsky/Celanese Spokesman; :27]
[SUPER=01-Cynndara Morgan/Power Line Opponent; :48]
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((JOHN LAREW/POWER LINE SUPPORTER:YOU HAVE TO LOOK TO THE EXPERTS, THE PEOPLE WHO'VE DONE IT, AND THAT'S WHY I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT WE SHOULD GET ON THIS 765 RIGHT AWAY. ))
[OUT Q=right away.]
John Larew, who retired from Appalachian power in 1995, wasn't the only one to speak in favor of the proposed line.
A number of businessmen, including Steve Wachnowsky with the Celanese plant in Narrows, also spoke in favor of A-E-P's proposed route.
[IN Q=The continuance]
((STEVE WACHNOWSKY/CELANESE SPOKESMAN:THE CONTINUANCE NATURE OF OUR PROCESSES MAKES THEM VERY SENSITIVE TO RELIABLE ELECTRICAL SUPPLY. IF WE EXPERIENCE A POWER INTERRUPTION IT CAN TAKE US UP TO A WEEK TO RESTART OUR PROCESS. ))
[OUT Q=our process.]
There were also plenty of opponents convinced the line-- which would run from West Virginia through the New River Valley on to Cloverdale is NOT needed.
[IN Q=This isn't]
((THIS ISN'T ABOUT RELIABILITY HERE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA, JUST LIKE THE GENTLEMAN WHO WAS TELLING YOU ABOUT THE POWER OUTAGES IN THE WEST, THIS IS ABOUT RELIABILITY, THIS IS ABOUT MONEY, THIS IS ABOUT SELLING POWER THROUGHOUT THE ENTIRE us EAST OF THE mISSISSIPPI AND THIS PARTICULAR LINE IS THEIR CONNECTION TO DO IT. ))
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(QUESTION: Where will the next hearing be held?)[5-Blevins]
A former Wythe County school teacher is facing more charges of having sex with a child.
A grand jury handed down 12 indictments against 34-year old Michael Blevins yesterday.
Blevins is charged with ten counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and two counts of carnal knowledge.
The Wythe County court clerk's office says the victim was at least 13 years old but not 15 when the incidents allegedly took place about two years ago.
Blevins also faces similar charges in Smyth and Montgomery counties.
Today, Montgomery County school superintendent Fred Morton said Blevins has been terminated from his most recent job
at Shawsville High School.[5-Kurth]
Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
The Charlottesville woman has not seen her children since they were two and five.
It was 1979 when their father took them out for a visit and never came back.
Today he was in a Massachusetts court charged with kidnapping-
Liz Mullen reports.
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[SUPER=01-Jacob Atwood/Kurth's Attorney;]
[SUPER=01-Richard Egbert/Fagan's Attorney;]
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FOR NEARLY TWENTY YEARS, RACHEL AND LISA BELIEVED THEIR MOTHER DIED IN A CAR
ACCIDENT.. THAT'S WHAT THEIR FATHER TOLD THEM.. WHEN HE TOOK THEM TO LIVE IN
FLORIDA. BUT, IN REALITY, THEIR MOTHER - BARBARA KURTH - IS ALIVE AND WELL AND
LIVING IN VIRGINIA.
SOT: BARBARA KURTH 13:03:29
"Not a day has gone by that I haven't thought about them, wondered about them.
safe and happy."
SOT: JACOB ATWOOD, KURTH'S ATTORNEY
"It's been a lonely journey for her. We don't want to go backwards, we want to
AND FORWARD THIS COMPLICATED `HE SAID-SHE-SAID' STORY GOES. STEPHEN FAGAN WAS
ARRESTED LAST WEEK IN PALM BEACH.. CHARGED WITH, AMONG OTHER THINGS,
KIDNAPPING HIS TWO DAUGHTERS BACK IN 1979. `HE' SAYS HIS EX-WIFE HAD A
DRINKING PROBLEM THAT ENDANGERED HIS CHILDREN. `SHE' SAYS SHE WASN'T A DRUNK..
BUT INSTEAD SUFFERED FROM A SLEEP DISORDER. AND.. SHE CONTENDS THAT HER
EX-HUSBAND IS A SWINDLER.
SOT: BARBARA KURTH, MOTHER
THIS PRESS CONFERENCE IS THE FIRST OPPORTUNITY FOR RACHEL AND LISA TO ACTUALLY
SEE WHAT THEIR MOTHER LOOKS LIKE. BARBARA KURTH'S ATTORNEY SAYS SHE DOESN'T
WANT TO CROWD OR CONFUSE HER DAUGHTERS AND IS PREPARED FOR WHATEVER THEIR
REACTION MAY BE.
SOT: JAKOB ATWOOD, KURTH'S ATTORNEY 1:14:00
"I think she feels that their lives have been so imposed on them
SOT: RICHARD EGBERT/FAGAN'S ATTORNEY
HE'S THE MOST LOVING, DEVOTED FATHER ANYONE COULD EVER HAVE. THEY ARE BEHIND
STEPHEN FAGAN IS CURRENTLY IN MASSACHUSETTS.. AWAITING WHAT PROMISES TO BE AN
UGLY COURT BATTLE. NOW 23 AND 21 YEARS OLD, RACHEL AND LISA WILL HAVE TO
BATTLE CONFUSION FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIVES.
LM, CBSN, NY.))
Investigators say someone deliberately set last night's fire on Logan Avenue.
The fire started in the back of the house, causing about 30 thousand dollars in damage.
The owner says the vacant house had just been renovated and was about to be sold.
Investigators DON'T think the fire is connected to a series of suspicious fires in the Northwest part of the city.
They say this fire doesn't fit the same pattern, and is NOT in the same geographical area as the other fires.
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An area woman is putting pen to paper to help keep children away from cigarettes. We'll have her story in a moment.
But first, local police get their man as a routine roadblock nabs an unexpected suspect.
On Health Check, some Roanoke police officers are getting on a roll physically as they prepare to take to the road on bicycles.
We'll have that and the sweet story of a Roanoke bee keeper. Stay with us.
A Lynchburg woman pleaded guilty today to stabbing her husband to death during an argument last fall.
27-year old Sandra Allen could spend ten years in prison for killing 33-year old Lawrence Eugene Allen November 12th.
Lawrence Allen died of a single stab wound to the chest.
The incident took place in a friend's apartment on Rivermont Avenue.
Witnesses heard the couple arguing and Sandra Allen telling her husband to stop hitting her.
Allen pleaded guilty today to voluntary manslaughter.
She'll be sentenced in June.
A state police license check turned into a manhunt this afternoon in Roanoke County,
A driver abandoned his car in the parking lot of the Top Rail on Kessler Mill Road, crossed Mason's Creek and led police into the woods.
A state police helicopter was called in from Christiansburg, and a tracking dog joined the search on the ground.
About an hour later, officers arrested 27-year old William A Goodwyne Jr. of Shawsville. He is charged with operating a vehicle after being declared a habitual offender.
In Washington, it's going to be a while before lawmakers pass a bill to stop children from smoking.
In the Roanoke area, one woman is doing all she can to make sure kids don't pick up the habit.
Barbara Turner writes and illustrates children's books that feature a character named Charles T. Bear.
Turner is planning a new series of books, in which Charles tells students, "Don't start smoking."
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[IN Q=HE IS REAL]
((BARBARA TURNER/CHILDREN'S AUTHOR: HE IS REAL SO THEY TRUST HIM. AND THAT'S WHY HE'S SO GOOD TO TALK WITH THEM. AND THEY CAN HUG THEIR OWN BEARS AND FEEL WARM AND CUDDLY. AND THIS MAKES IT REAL FOR THEM SO I THINK THAT'S WHY THEY LISTEN.))
[SUPER=01-Barbara Turner/Children's Author;]
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Turner's books, and Charles T. Bear himself, are a big hit with kids.
Third graders at Morningside Elementary said they will listen to Charles if he tells them, "Don't Start."
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[IN Q=if he told]
((MISTY WHORLEY/THIRD GRADER: IF HE TOLD YOU IT WOULD REALLY HELP YOU FOR YOU TO STOP SO YOU WOULDN'T GET SICK AND HAVE TO GO TO THE HOSPITAL OR ANYTHING.))
[SUPER=01-Misty Worley/Third Grader;]
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Turner began fighting big tobacco after she caught her daughter smoking.
She said she hates to see children start what she calls a "damaging" habit.
Spring is in the air and so are the honey bees.
And our Andrew Freiden says that's there's more to bees than just the sting.
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[OUT Q=news 7 at five continues.]
Bees are famous for inflicting midsummer stings during picnics.
But there are more than 80 beekeepers in our area who want to tell you what's GOOD about the misunderstood insect.
Andrew Freiden learned a little bit himself.
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Still to come on the newscast, Walt Disney World gets a little bigger. Later, we'll see the opening of the Animal Kingdom today in Orlando.
In Healthcheck, Roanoke police are shaping up their new bicycle skills.
and the first pill used to treat impotence is causing a rush on doctors and pharmacies.
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A new drug that treats impotence is selling as fast as manufacturers can make it.
Viagra only hit the market two weeks ago and already people are flooding their doctor's offices and pharmacies asking for it.
The pill has captured 79 percent of the market over rival impotence drugs.
Still doctors are worried that sexually potent men will use Viagra as a performance booster...something that it was not designed to do.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Francois Eid/Urologist;]
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Viagra is the first impotence drug that does not have to be injected or inserted into the urinary tract.
Doctors say the side effects include head and stomach aches.
The going rate for Viagra is about 10 dollars a pill, but many prescription plans cover the cost.
Roanoke City Police officers are in training -- they're learning about nutrition and fitness to enhance their ability on wheels.
The bike squad started with two officers -- now they're hitting the streets in physically fit force.
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[IN Q=We're training...]
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Peter Sullivan/Roanoke City Police; :00]
[SUPER=01-Tina Cadden/Physical Therapist; :23]
[SUPER=01-Tammy Charmichael/Bike Officer;:44 ]
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((SGT. PETER SULLIVAN/ROANOKE CITY POLICE:WE'RE TRAINING 38 OFFICERS OVER THE LAST THREE WEEKS WITH THE SPECIAL BIKE GRANT THAT WE GOT TO ADDRESS BICYCLES IN THE COMMUNITY IN THE MORE TROUBLED AREAS THAT WE'RE HAVING.))
[OUT Q=we're having.]
But in order to ride an average of 25 miles a day, through hilly neighborhoods and on busy streets, patrol officers have to be in top shape, that's where Physical Therapist Tina Cadden steps in.
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[IN Q=I teach them]
((TINA CADDEN/PHYSICAL THERAPIST:I TEACH THEM ABOUT GENERAL NUTRION THEY NEED TO STICK WITH HIGHER CARBOHYDRATES AND LAY OFF THE FATS ESPECIALLY WHEN THEY'RE ON DUTY BECAUSE THAT SLOWS THEM DOWN A LOT. I TEACH THEM A LITTLE ABOUT BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS WHICH EFFECTS HOW THEY PERFORM AND ENCOURAGE THEM TO DRINK A LOT OF WATER.))
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Officers just starting say it's a good intense class, but it's also an uphill struggle.
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((TAMMY CHARMICHAEL/BIKE OFFICER:IT'S MORE DIFFICULT THAN I ANTICIPATED, I THOUGHT I WAS IN DECENT SHAPE, BUT YOU'RE USING MUSCLES YOU DON'T NORMALLY USE TO WORK OUT AND IT MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE.))
Cadden teaches the major functions of the cardiopulmonary system and stretching to prevent common bike injuries.
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[IN Q=Hyperextion injuries]
((TINA CADDEN/PHYSICAL THERAPIST:HYPEREXTION INJURIES OF THE KNEE OR THE HIP IF THEIR BIKE'S NOT FITTED PROPERLY, A LOT OF ACHILLES SPRAINS AND STRAINS FROM OVERUSE OR THEY HAVEN'T WARMED UP PROPERLY. CARPAL TUNNEL IS SOMETHING THEY CAN DEVELOP OVER TIME AS A BIKE OFFICER))
[OUT Q=as a bike officer.]
Once they learn how to build increased muscle endurance and power, they can put what they've learned in the classroom to use.
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[IN Q=On a bicycle]
((TAMMY CHARMICHAEL/BIKE OFFICER:ON A BICYCLE YOU CAN MANEUVER A LOT MORE PLACES THAN A CAR CAN GO.))
[OUT Q=can go.]
But before officers can learn about patrolling, appropriate laws and firearms, they must be three year veterans of the force.
There's plenty of football in the news today including the end of a long battle for the Redskins.
With more on that and the big disappointment for the Roanoke Express. Here's Mike Stevens.[S5-NFL]
Welcome everybody to the Tuesday Ticker that gets started today with a plethora of football news.
The Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins have finally worked out their difference in the Sean Gilbert situation.
The Skins designated franchise player who held out all of last season signed a 7 year $47 million dollar offer sheet with the Panthers last night.
Today the Skins notified the NFL they have no intentions of matching it. That means Gilbert will be the highest paid defensive player in the league, and the Skins will get two first round draft picks in exchange for his going to Carolina.
In hockey, the Roanoke Express saw its season end abruptly in overtime last night as Hampton Roads claimed an emotionally charged and draining five game series 3 games to 2.
[OUT Q=...that story at six; Mike"...]
13 years in the N-F-L has given All Pro Defensive End, Bruce Smith, some perspective.
The former Tech great was back at his alma mater last weekend.
He says the league has taken it's toll on his body and he felt his age when he helped hand out spring season practice awards to current Hokie player.
[IN Q=i JUST HAD...]
[SUPER=01-Bruce Smith/Buffalo Bills Defensive End;]
[OUT Q=...IN A YEAR."]
And as several Hokies prepare to enter the N-F-L, this big man has some words of wisdon to those hoping to succeed in the league.
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[OUT Q=...MY LONGEVITY."]
Rain is in the forecast for the pro am at the Greensboro Chrysler Classic tomorro at Forest Oaks Country Club. The west stuff is also in the forecast for Thursday's opening round, as well.
More sports coming up at six.
Take care everybody.
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Disney World has offically gone to the animals.
The park opened its newest venture, Animal Kingdom this morning with a grand ceremony.
The new theme park at Disney World attempts to reproduce the experience of visiting animal reserves in Africa and Asia.
Sprawled over 500 acres, Animal Kingdom reconstructs habitats for more than one thousand animals including elephants, hippos, rhinos lions and gorillas.
In addition to the real animals, the park will feature recreations of giant dinosaurs and the animal stars from Disney Films.