Coming up on News 7 at 5, a man is sentenced for stalking News 7 Anchor Melanie Moon,
and ten people are dead and thousands are left homeless as mud slides tear through an italian village.
After a dry and mild day, we head back into the land of showers and thunderstorms. The details of the Thursday fore
cast just ahead.[medical-head]
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Tonight on health check --
eye doctors are cautioning patients about some of the adverse effects of the impotence pill.
and are you at risk for the number one cause of adult disability? Free personal stroke assessments are being offered in Roanoke.
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[IN Q=Ms. Thompson]
((MS. THOMPSON WAS ORIGINALLY IN OUR COURT FOR ATTEMPTING TO OBTAIN DRUGS BY FRAUD -- WRITING FALSE PRESCRIPTIONS BASICALLY.))
[OUT Q=false prescrpitions basically]
A Roanoke woman is in jail after a high speed midnight run from police.
Twenty eight year old Karen Thompson, who led police on a three county high speed chase last night, has a history of drug convictions.
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Thompson sped away from police, after they pulled her over around midnight last night in Roanoke.
A caller had told them Thompson was running from drug charges.
But Thompson gave police a fake name and fled.
Officers from Roanoke, Botetourt County, and state police never gave up the chase even when speeds reached 110 miles an hour.
[IN Q=All we had]
((MAJOR R.D.SHIELDS/ROANOKE POLICE: THERE HAVE BEEN NUMEROUS TIMES WE'VE TERMINATED PURSUITS AND THE PERSON CONTINUES TO DRIVE AT EXCESSIVE SPEEDS AND EXTREMELY DANGEROUSLY. IT'S ALMOST A NO-WIN SITUATION FOR A POLICE OFFICER WHO HAS TO MAKE THOSE DECISIONS.))
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[OUT Q=those decisions]
Thompson finally stopped at the Botetourt County jail.
She had warrants out against her for not showing up in court in Botetourt and Franklin Counties -- plus prior drug convictions in Botetourt County, Roanoke County, and Roanoke city.
She now faces charges of eluding police, reckless driving, and driving with a revoked license.
Her court date is May 20th.
A Campbell County man was killed after the crane he was driving struck a bridge in Lynchburg this morning.
51-year old James Winfree Scott was headed north on Route 29 when his truck veered off the road, took out one hundred feet of guardrail and smashed head-on into the bridge.
Scott was trapped in the cab of the truck for more than an hour..
He was taken to Lynchburg General hospital where he died about an hour later.
Traffic along Route 29 was snarled for hours as crews worked to remove the crushed vehicle.
The man who stalked Melanie Moon will not go to jail.
David Duff got a six-month SUSPENDED sentence today, with a long list of conditions.
He'll have to continue taking medication, seeing a counselor- -AND leave the Mornin' News anchor alone.
Though Duff pled guilty last month, the prosecutor called on Moon today to tell the judge how Duff's calls and letters affected her.
[IN Q=Just fear for]
((JUST FEAR FOR MY SAFETY. BUT JUST NOT KNOWING WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN THE NEXT TIME AND WHAT HE'S CAPABLE OF.))
[SUPER=01-Melanie Moon/NEWS 7 News Anchor]
[OUT Q=capable of.]
Duff apologized to her in court, said "what I did was wrong."
"I'll never write any more letters," Duff said.
The first phase is just two months from completion, but the Smart Highway is back in court.
Various environmental groups from the New River Valley made their latest case to a federal appeals court today in Richmond.
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((THOMAS LINZEY/COMMUNITY ENVIRO. LEGAL DEFENSE FUND: SEGMENTATION IS THE CONCEPT THAT A HIGHWAY AGENCY IN THIS EXAMPLE WILL BREAK THE PROJECT UP INTO MORE THAN ONE PIECE, AND THEN DO THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT WHICH IS REQUIRED BY FEDERAL LAW ONLY ON ONE SEGMENT.))
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[OUT Q=one segment.]
But state and federal Department of Transportation officials say they warned the public as soon as they knew about snowblower towers, diesel compressors, and other equipment that would be added to the road.
[IN Q=We indicated]
((PAUL JOHNSON/VDOT SALEM DISTRICT: WE INDICATED THAT ANY IMPACTS ASSOCIATED TO THE EQUIPMENT WOULD BE FULLY ANALYZED PRIOR TO THE CONSTRUCTION OR IMPLEMENTATION OF THAT EQUIPMENT. WE DID THAT WITH THE RE-EVALUATION. AND THE REEVALUATION CONCLUDED THAT IT WAS VERY INSIGNIFICANT.))
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[OUT Q=very insignificant.]
The two-mile test bed should be open in the late fall.
Torrential rains and mud slides in Italy are caught on tape.
Take a look at this scene as mud rushes down a hill and through a city street-
sending people running for safety.
Ten people have died in the slides and flooding.
The fatalities happened overnight- Four people were swept away in a river of mud. An elderly woman was crushed to death in her home.
At least 3-thousand people are homeless from the muddy mess.
Four helicopters and one thousand firefighters have been sent to the hardest hit areas in Southern Italy.
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(toss to Robin)[5-Clinton-Executive]
The Chief Executive isn't saying much about his battle over
He did point out that the circumstances surrounding his sitaution are not the same as what Richard Nixon faced 24 years ago.
((I WOULD ALSO REMIND YOU THAT THE FACTS ARE DIFFERENT IN THIS CASE.))
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The President also said it was wrong for a Republican Congressman
to release only selective portions of the Webster Hubbell phone calls made when Hubbell was in prison.
The Democratic sweep of the Roanoke City Council election means more than a majority.
When Alvin Hudson takes office, ALL seven members of council will be Democrats.
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Joe Dashiell has covered the campaign and the election. Joe. What effect will this have on council politics and policies?
Jean, Democrats are certainly celebrating, but even the victors aren't placing too much significance in their sweep, or the united front they will enjoy on city council.
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[SUPER=01-Nelson Harris/Roanoke City Council; :00]
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[OUT Q=demonstrated that again on election day.]
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[IN Q=There was really not a lot]
((NELSON HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY COUNCIL: THERE WAS REALLY NOT A LOT OF PARTISANSHIP EXHIBITED. PEOPLE WERE KIND OF MIXING THINGS UP IN TERMS OF THEIR VOTING PATTERN AND THE DEMOCRATS TONIGHT ARE JUST HAPPY TO BE IN THE TOP THREE.))
[OUT Q=be in the top three]
On election night, Nelson Harris was savoring the Democrats' success, but not claiming a new mandate.
With Jack Parrott holding the only Republican seat on council, the Democrats already had a clear majority.
And with few votes falling along party lines, council members are not predicting any dramatic changes.
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[IN Q=You know we work real hard]
((DAVID BOWERS/ROANOKE MAYOR: YOU KNOW WE WORK REAL HARD AT ROANOKE CITY HALL TO MAINTAIN GOOD GOVERNMENT FOR OUR CITIZENS AND I LIKE TO THINK THAT THE CITIZENS APPRECIATE THAT AND THEY DEMONSTRATED THAT AGAIN ON ELECTION DAY.))
[OUT Q=demonstrated that again on election day.]))
Bowers says he sees more significance in the Lynchburg Council race, in which the election of three independents ended a four year Republican majority.
[Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Microwave]
Jean, of course David Bowers is running for Congress, and he hopes the election results in Lynchburg and Roanoke
hold some encouraging news for him.[5-Piedmont-Mills]
Lynchburg could lose another one of its historic riverfront buildings.. this one to a developer's wrecking ball.
The 150- year- old Piedmont Mills building was auctioned off today for a bid of
37-thousand 500 dollars.
Developer Steve Conner of Appomattox bought the building and plans to tear it down and sell off the heavy timber inside.
((STEVE CONNER/CONNER REAL ESTATE: SPECULATION. SALVAGE VALUE OF THE TIMBER, SOME OF THE BIG TIMBERS AND BEAMS THAT ARE IN IT. THEN I CAN SELL THE PROPERTY WITH THE RIVERFRONT DEVELOPMENT.))
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[OUT Q=riverfront development.]
But residents say they're concerned about the loss of another historic building.
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((LYNN CUNNINGHAM/ARCHITECT: THIS IS A REAL LANDMARK ON THE RIVERFRONT AREA, ESPECIALLY ON THIS END OF JEFFERSON STREET. IT'S JUST SICKENING REALLY TO SEE SOME PLACE LIKE THIS GO.))
[SUPER=01-Lynn Cunningham/Architect; :00]
[OUT Q=like this go.]
City leaders are looking into whether they can block the demolition plans.
The gateway to Virginia's Explore park was dedicated today.
The Arthur Taubman Welcome Center is the first stop for people visiting the park.
It includes an orientation program, historical exhibits and a gift shop.
Arthur Taubman's family built it in memory of the Roanoke business and civic leader, who died four years ago.
They say it's the perfect memorial.
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((JENNY TAUBMAN/ WE'RE VERY PROUD AND VERY PRIVELEDGED THAT THIS COULD BE DONE IN HIS MEMORY, BECAUSE, THE WAY ARTHUR TAUBMAN LOVED ROANOKE, I COULD JUST SEE HIM STANDING ON THE PORCH SHAKING HANDS, HE WOULD HAVE LOVED THAT.))
[OUT Q=loved that]
Attorney General Mark Earley helped dedicate the center, he said it will help the Explore Park become one of the region's most important assets.
There's going to be some beautiful music coming out of Roanoke College tomorrow night. Patrick Evans is here with a preview.
A very special guest artist arrives in town and his violin expertise is undisputed.
Patrick Evans joins us from Olin Hall, where the concert will take place tomorrow evening.
Patrick, this is all part of a broad range of concerts, right?
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The Charlotte Hornets are getting ready to battle the Chicago Bulls. Mike Stevens will have a preview in today's two minute sports ticker.
Coming up in tonight's health check report --
Doctors are warning about some of the potential side effects of Viagra.
and a local medical screening is helping spread the word about detecting and treating brain attacks.
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[IN Q=Between 500]
((ALVIN LLOYD/NEUROLOGIST:BETWEEN 500 AND 750-THOUSAND STROKES EACH YEAR, IT'S THE THIRD LEADING CAUSE OF DEATH. IT'S A MAJOR PROBLEM AND FINALLY AFTER SO MANY YEARS OF NOT BEING ABLE TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT WE FINALLY HAVE SOME RELATIVELY EFFECTIVE TREATMENTS.))
Good afternoon I'm Keith Humphry.
Tonight at six, we'll wrap up our examination of violence in the schools.
Increased awareness about youth violence has produced some modern additions to the school experience:
Armed officers and surveillance cameras are just a couple of examples.
Worries over their own safety AND the safety of their students prompted a local teachers' organization to ask for an in- depth study on violence and discipline.
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((ESTHER CIRASUNDA/ROANOKE EDUCATION ASSOCIATION: WE REALLY FEEL LIKE A LOT OF TIME HAS BEEN SPENT STUDYING THAT ISSUE AND AS YOU KNOW, NATIONWIDE A LOT OF THINGS HAVE BEEN OCCURRING, AND I FEEL LIKE WE NEED SOME ACTION PLAN. ))
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[OUT Q=some action plan]
Our profile of school violence concludes tonight, with a review of safety procedures and preventive programs in effect across the Roanoke area.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Keith/Newsroom]
In about 45 minutes, we'll let you know what's working to keep your children "Safe at School".
As the baby boomer population ages, the American Heart Association believes the number of strokes will skyrocket in the next century.
In recognition of Stroke awareness month, Carilion is offering free stroke screenings today in Roanoke.
Participants are learning the warning signs and identifying their risk for stroke.
The major risk factors are obesity, heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and smoking.
Warning signs include sudden severe headaches, loss of vision, numbness of the face, arm or leg on one side of the body, and unexplained dizziness.
Those at risk need to act quickly if they suspect they are having a medical emergency.
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[IN Q=We now have]
((DR. ALVIN LLOYD/NEUROLOGIST:WE NOW HAVE A MEDICATION THAT CAN BE QUITE EFFECTIVE IN TREATING STROKE. THIS MEDICATION MUST BE ADMINISTERED WITHIN THREE HOURS OF ON SET OF SYMPTOMS SO IT'S IMPARATIVE THAT WHEN THE SYMPTOMS OCCURS, THE PATIENT GET TO THE HOSPITAL AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.))
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[OUT Q=as possible]
The A-H-A suggests calling 9-1-1 immediately and head straight to the emergency room if you suspect you're having a stroke.
Additional screenings will be held May 12th at Northwest Medical Center and in Bedford, May 19th at Bedford Memorial Hospital.
A widespread vaccination program against the most common form of childhood diarrhea could save the U-S hundreds of millions of dollars.
The Centers for Disease Control says investing in such a plan would prevent more than a million cases of rota-virus diarrhea in children.
That would reduce the amount of money spent on treating the illness each year.
Pharmacies are still reporting high interest in the impotence drug Viagra, but now the nation's leading eye doctors are calling for more studies.
The American Academy of Opthamology is worried about one particular side effect of Viagra.
The drug may cause some men to see a blue tint.
A new study suggests the tint happens because the eye's ability to see is cut in half for up to six hours.
Doctors are concerned about what could happen with long term use of Viagra.
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[SUPER=01-Dr. Stan Galansky/Urologist;]
[OUT Q=harm than good]
Dr. Galansky says Viagra appears safe and effective, but there needs to be caution and not just when it comes to vision.
Other side effects include bad headaches, fainting and blackouts.
Welcome everybody to the midweek ticker that is loaded with Lacrosse, hoops and history.
We begin over at Alumni Field on the Roanoke College campus where the Maroons hosted Washington College in the opening round of the NCAA division three lacrosse tournament.
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Bill Pilat had his tournament tested Maroons ready to go this afternoon over in Salem.
Roanoke would flew its home field muscle in the first period as Bill Siciliano tosses the ball to number 16 Gregg Fasanaro and the Maroons are on top 1-to-nothing.
But Washington College, the Shoreman would answer with Tyler Gilbert going from one end to the other through the defense for the score to keep it close.
The Shoreman would continue to make life tough on the Maroons ad Kevin Dorst comes in the back door and slams one in the net to tie things up at 2-apiece.
But Roanoke would light up the board on its own end with Tim Fleming making the one on one sprint for the goal.
The Maroons trialed by three at that point and the game in now in the final period out in Salem. We'll have afinal for you tonight at 6.
The Washington & Lee men won their opening round game this afternoon beating Denison 16-to-13. [S5-MLB]
Chipper Jones and Michael Tucker each homered this afternoon as the Braves beat the Dodgers 7-to-nothing .
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But the big story is in CHicago where the Cubs shutout the Astros 2-to-nothing behind the pitching of 20 year old rookie Kerry Wood.
The Texas native tied a major league record by striking out 20 batters in the game.
He did now walk a single player.
The NBA playoffs continue tonight with the Hornets and Bulls Series resuming in Chicago with game number two.
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Neither team shot very well in the opening game with Charlotte hitting just 36 percent of its shots.
Both hope to improve tonight.
[SUPER=01-Scottie Pippen/Bulls Forward; :06]
[super=01-Glen Rice/Hornets Guard; :13;]
[OUT Q=...get a win."]
The Lakers-Sonics series also resumes tonight with game number 2.
Rose Martin loved her car. In fact, she even told her friends she wanted to be buried in it.
So when the 84 year old woman died this weekend, her family found out how serious she was about her final wish.
Auto body mechanics had to cut a section out of her 1962 Corvair so it would fit into the burial plot.
Martin was described as a no nonsense woman who worked for 35 years as prison matron.
Martin had arranged for the automotive burial several years ago, telling her longtime mechanic exactly what she wanted done.