Up next on News 7 at 5, students at a Oregon High School try to let life return to normal following last weeks shooting rampage.
and a murder suspect says a deadly apartment fire IS connected to the crime he is charged with.
Another night with rain? It looks that way. Flash flood watches go into effect for some regions after 10pm. Detai
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On health check --
Imagine never being able to swallow food or even drink water.
A local woman was in that condition, until she met a Roanoke plastic surgeon willing to give her a new esophagus.
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[IN Q=14:05:34 I'm not really up ]
((I'M NOT REALLY UP TO GOING BACK BUT I HAVE TO GET OVER IT SOMEHOW.))
[OUT Q=over it somehow]
It was back to school for students at Thurston High School in Oregon.
With songs flowers and friends, students ventured back to school.
Classes resumed for the first time since last Thursday's shooting left two classmates dead and 20 others hurt.
Lee Cowan reports from Springfield, Oregon.
[SUPER=01-Channon Voyce/Thurston High Sophomore;]
[SUPER=01-Challan Moon/Thurston High Student;]
[SUPER=01-Brandon Mainard/Thurston High Senior;]
[SUPER=01-Stefany Morgan/Thurston Student;]
[SUPER=01-Betina Lynn/Thurston High Junior;]
[SUPER=01-Lee Cowan/CBS News;]
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((Thurston High is slowly becoming a place of learning again -
the kind of learning they're supposed to get here, not the kind
forced upon them by the pull of a trigger.
CHANNON VOYCE/THURSTON HIGH SOPHOMORE : I'VE BEEN AROUND DEATH BEFORE THIS, BUT NOTHING LIKE THIS, NOTHING THAT'S REALLY GOTTEN DOWN TO THE CORE OF ME AND ALMOST MADE ME WANT TO BREAK DOWN AND
CRY RIGHT THERE.
Classes got underway, students paused in a circle outside the
front doors, to sing and to pray.
CHALLAN MOON/THURSTON STUDENT: THURSTON HIGH WILL NEVER BE
THURSTON HIGH AGAIN.
The reality that the study body will forever be a few short, was
obvious at every turn.
BRANDON MAINARD//THURSTON HIGH SENIOR :
WE CAN'T RUN AND HIDE FROM IT, WE HAVE TO FACE IT, AND DEAL WITH IT, AND WE
STEFANY MORGAN/THURSTON STUDENT: YA KNOWI'M NEVER GOING TO
FORGET ABOUT IT.
Ben walker was the first of their classmates to be laid to rest.
Mikael Niholauson is the second, buried in a private ceremony with full
had he lived, he would have gone into the Oregon National Guard.
A funeral for the parents of the suspect, kip kinkel, will soon
follow. that too will be private.
as for their son, there is a lot of anger, and still so many
BETINA LYNN/THURSTON HIGH JUNIOR : I'VE ASKED MYSELF WHY, BUT THERE'S NO REAL ANSWER. HE'S JUST MESSED UP IN THE HEAD.
LEE COWAN/CBS NEWS: THURSTON HIGH WAS ONLY THREE WEEKS SHY OF ENDING FOR THE SUMMER WHEN THE
SHOOTING HAPPENED. THERE ARE NOW TWO WEEKS LEFT TO GO -- THIS SCHOOL AND THIS
TOWN ARE READY FOR THE EYES OF THE WORLD TO GO AWAY, AND LET THEM BEGIN TO
GRIEVE BY THEMSELVES. LEE COWAN, CBS NEWS, SPRINGFIELD.))[5-Caldwell]
The man accused of a fatal shooting in the hours before last week's apartment fire on Church Avenue says HE believes the two incidents ARE related.
And today, Willie Caldwell offered some advice for investigators.
Caldwell is accused of murdering Kevin Lee Jones at a home on Gilmer Avenue early on the morning of May 18th.
He lived in the Church Avenue apartment building that caught fire a few hours after his arrest. Today in a telephone interview from the Roanoke City jail, Caldwell agreed with speculation that the two incidents are related.
[IN Q=Yeah, it is connected]
((YEAH, IT IS CONNECTED. I'VE BEEN TRYING TO TELL 'EM THAT.))
[OUT Q=I've been trying to tell 'em that.]
Caldwell says investigators should review surveillance tapes from 24-hour gas stations in the area.
He says they might find some of his accusers on the videotape.
[IN Q=Anybody can go to the ]
((ANYBODY CAN GO TO THE 24- HOUR GAS STATIONS. YOU'LL PROBABLY SEE THEM ON FILM FILLING UP THE CANS. YES THAT'S ALL I HAVE TO SAY RIGHT NOW.))
[OUT Q=all I'll say about that.]
The Roanoke Fire and Police Departments haven't completed their investigations of the Church Avenue blaze.
So far, there is no word on the cause... or any official confirmation that the fire and the shooting are related.
One man is dead, and another still in critical condition after a shooting in Amherst County over the weekend.
29 year old Kenneth Branham was arraigned on murder and malicious wounding charges this morning.
Branham and three other men allegedly got into an argument after a game of horeshoes.
Police say he pulled a shot gun from his car and started shooting, killing 43 year old Richard Eubank, and critically wounding Bobby Beverly.
The third man, Ricky McDaniel, was treated and released from the hospital.
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Concerns that defective equipment may have caused two deaths lead some dialysis centers to temporarily shut down. We'll have that story next,
and we'll see how archaeologists trying to dig up information on the Civil War ended up with something totally unexpected.
Tubing devices used in Dialysis treatment are being pulled from clinic and hospital shelves.
That, after the devices were linked to illnesses and deaths in several states.
The plastic cartridges direct blood to and from the body during dialysis. Late Monday the defective pieces were voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer.
((I AM VERY RELIEVED.ESPECIALLY RELIEVED THAT IT IS NOW SAFE FOR PATIENTS TO RETURN TO
DIALYSIS. THAT'S THE KEY: FIND THE CAUSE AND MOVE AHEAD WITH SAFE CARE FOR
[SUPER=01-Dr. William Law/Baltimore Health Systems;]
[OUT Q=for patients.]
The problem was first identified two weeks ago at the dialysis center in Lincoln Nebraska where 16 patients became ill.
Then in Baltimore eleven people became sick and two died.
There were five more cases in Massachuseets and one in Indiana.
Three Washington and Lee University students pleaed guilty to misdemeanor assault and battery charges in Amherst County today.
Chad Austin Casto, Jonathan Paul Barker, and Ryan William Walker originally faced felony abduction charges.
It started when two women from Sweetbriar College shaved Casto's pubic area after he fell asleep at the party.
The three men then took the women into the woods and tried to do the same to them.
In court today they accepted a plea agreement which included a 30 day suspended sentence and 80 hours of community service.
((ED MEEKS/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; BASICALLY WHAT WE'RE DEALING WITH WAS COLLEGE PRANKS THAT WENT AWRY, CERTAINLY SOME MISGUIDED CONDUCT AND WHAT WE THOUGHT WAS APPROPRIATE WAS TO GET CONVICTIONS OF ALL THREE BOYS FOR ASSAULT AND BATTERY. THEY'VE GOT SUSPENDED GAIL SENTENCES AND THEY GET TO CLEAN UP A STRETCH OF AMHERST COUNTY HIGHWAY THIS SUMMER))
[SUPER=01-Ed Meeks/Commonwealth's Attorney;]
[OUT Q=this summer]
The two women involved, Jessica Saveall and Karen Williams are charged with aggravated sexual battery in the case.
They'll be tried later in Lexington.
They started out looking for Civil War artifacts.
But the things they're finding are much older.
Archaeology students from Longwood College in Farmville are uncovering pre-historic indian artifacts along the Staunton River in Charlotte County.
The excavation site is right on an old Civil War battlefield.
These researchers are carefully digging through the dirt to find animal bones, pieces of pottery, and arrowheads.
These items are believed to date as far back as 800 A-D.
The artifacts found here will be compared to other archaeological research-- in the hopes of creating a bigger picture of indian life.
[IN Q=There was a site excavated]
((BRIAN BATES: THERE WAS A SITE EXCAVATED ABOUT FOUR YEARS AGO UP NEAR HURT AND WE'RE SORT OF COMPARING WHAT WE'RE FINDING FROM THIS SITE WITH THE HURT SITE AND IT'S GIVING US AN IDEA OF THE REGION, HOW PEOPLE WERE LIVING BEFORE EUROPEANS GOT HERE.))
[SUPER=01-Brian Bates/Longwood Archaeology School;]
[OUT Q=before Europeans got here.]
The excavation will continue through June 9th.
The public is welcome to visit the site during the day while the Longwood College students are digging.
The first unofficial weekend of summer just passed, and if your attention is turning to backyard Barbeques-- Andrew says check out this backyard!
Backyards come in all shapes and sizes.
Today we meet one man who has crammed a lot of nature into his Old Southwest home.
Andrew Freiden joins us live to introduce us to Leonard Carter--
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In just a moment, Mike Stevens will have our first look at sports with the two minute sports ticker.
Tonight on health check we begin the first part of a special report on a Franklin County woman undergoing a unique reconstructive surgery.
This procedure was her only hope after a previous operation accidentally sealed her throat shut.
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[IN Q=She can't]
((DR. ANDREW ROTH/RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEON:SHE CAN'T CONTROL HER SALIVA, SHE CONSTANTLY IS DROOLING, IT'S REALLY NOT A WAY TO LIVE.))
[OUT Q=way to live]
In the surgery arena of lip augmentations, face lifts, and nose jobs this is the OTHER plastic surgery.
A Roanoke surgeon is reconstructing patients body parts by rearranging them.
He can turn a toe into a thumb or in this case rebuild an esophagus from a stomach.
[IN Q=I can't swallow]
[SUPER=01-Dot Carter/Patient; :00]
[SUPER=01-Dr. Andrew Roth/Reconstructive Surgeon; :10]
[SUPER=01-Ethel Carter/Patient's Mother; :22]
[SUPER=01-Millard Carter/Patient's Father; :36]
[OUT Q=I'm sure]
[IN Q=I can't drink]
((DOT CARTER: I CAN'T DRINK ANYTHING, I CAN'T SWALLOW.))
[OUT Q=can't swallow]
For the last ten months Dot Carter has received all her meals and through a tube.
[IN Q=She now]
((DR. ANDREW ROTH/RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEON:SHE NOW HAS A COMPLETELY CLOSED OFF ESOPHAGUS NOT A LITTLE PINHOLE, BUT NOTHING, SO SHE CAN'T EVEN MANAGE SALIVARY SECRETIONS AT ALL.))
[OUT Q=at all]
[IN Q=Right now]
((ETHEL CARTER/PATIENT'S MOTHER:RIGHT NOW SHE CAN'T SWALLOW ANYTHING BY MOUTH, NOT EVEN WATER.))
[OUT Q=even water.]
Dot's problem stems from an esophagial web, which bascially is a full blockage of her esophagus occuring in people with Downs Syndrome.
[IN Q=She was]
((MILLARD CARTER/PATIENT'S FATHER:SHE WAS TAKING A PILL ONE TIME AND GOT CHOKED ON IT, WE HAD TO TAKE HER TO THE EMERGENCY ROOM TO GET IT OUT AND THAT DOCTOR RECOMMENDED A SPECIALIST WHO WANTED TO OPERATE AND THE TURN OUT WAS, SHE HASN'T EATEN ANYTHING SINCE LAST MAY.))
[OUT Q=last May]
[IN Q=Someone tried]
((DR. ANDREW ROTH/RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEON:SOMEONE TRIED NOT ONLY TO DIALATE IT, BUT TO LASER IT, IN OTHER WORDS GET RID OF THE WEB SO THAT SHE WOULD BE ABLE TO HAVE MORE NORMAL SWALLOWING, UNFORTUNATLEY THE ESPOHAGUS PERFERATED.))
[OUT Q=esophagus perferated.]
[IN Q=Now she's]
((DR. ANDREW ROTH/RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEON:NOW SHE'S GOT NOTHING, SHE'S HERE, SHE WAS AT HERE, WE'RE GOIGN TO MAKE HER HERE.))
[OUT Q=her here]
Dr. Roth will do so by taking part of her intestines and putting them in her throat.
[IN Q=Using that]
((DR. ANDREW ROTH/RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEON:USING THAT ARTERY AND VEIN THAT SUPPLIES THAT PIE WEDGE OF INTESTINES, WE'RE GOING TO SEW IT INTO PROBABLY THE COROTED ARTERY SYSTEM IN THE NECK AND THEN SOW THE INTESTINES INTO THE UPPER AND LOWER PART OF THE ESOPHAGUS.))
[OUT Q=the esophagus]
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In essence rebuilding her throat passageway.
And she already has the menu prepared for when she swallows that first bite.
[IN Q=Ice cream]
((DOT CARTER:ICE CREAM. WHAT KIND, WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE KIND OF ICE CREAM. VANILLA.))
[IN Q=She is the oldest]
((DR. ANDREW ROTH/RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEON:SHE IS THE OLDEST LIVING DOWNS PATIENT THAT I KNOW OF AND THERE ISN'T A LOT OF TRACK RECORD WITH SURGERY IN PEOPLE WITH DOWNS SYNDROME TO SAY NOTHING OF THIS TYPE OF OPREATION. BUT I DON'T SEE ANY REASON TO DENY HER THE OPPORTUNITY, IT'S JUST NO WAY TO LIVE.))
[OUT Q=no way to live.]
Dot's mom says she looked at the first surgery as an adventure and she thought she was going home that day -- but instead ended up on life support in intensive care for about 6 weeks.
Now Dot's nervous and scared about the surgery...but her mother reassures her, it's the best option she has.
[IN Q=She'll say]
((ETHEL CARTER/PATIENT'S MOTHER:SHE'LL SAY OKAY AND I'LL SAY DON'T CRY AND SHE'LL SAY I WON'T, BUT SHE DOES AT TIMES WHEN SHE THINKS ABOUT IT, BUT WE'RE HOPING FOR THE BEST.))
[OUT Q=the best]
And even though the Carters are optimistic, they're equally apprehensive.
[IN Q=You going]
((DR. ANDREW ROTH/RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGEON:YOU'RE GOING TO BE ALRIGHT? YAY. ALRIGHT SO YOU'RE GOING TO SPEND THE NIGHT. I'LL SEE YOU TOMORROW AND ALL.))
[OUT Q=tomorrow and all.]
[IN Q=You don't know]
((ETHEL CARTER/PATIENT'S MOTHER:YOU DON'T KNOW HOW EVERYTHING'S GOING TO TURN OUT, BUT THERE'S A HIGHER POWER THAT WILL HELP US THROUGH I'M SURE.))
[OUT Q=I'm sure.] ))
Doctor Roth said there would be a 7-10-percent chance that the surgery would fail.
Tomorrow on health check we'll find out how the procedure went.
Change is in the wind for one N-B-A team.
With that and more, here's Mike Stevens.[S5-State]
Welcome folks to the post holiday ticker that begins with some scheduling information for those of you hoping to catch some high school action today.
At this hour Glenvar is playing Coeburn in the Group A state softball quarterfinals at in West Roanoke County.
Also, just a few minutes ago William Byrd and Patrick County began their state double-A quarterfinal matchup in Vinton.
We'll updates on those games for you tonight at six.
And soccer fans keep in mind the Group Two A showdown between Blacksburg and Martinsville gets started at seven tonight in the New River Valley.
The semi-finals and finals will be held in Salem this Friday and Saturday as part of the big spring fling.
Last year the Seattle Sonics got rid of the best player by trading Shawn Kemp to Cleveland, today the team let go of its coach George Karl.
Karl's contract expires on July first and today the team announced that it would not expend the deal.
Karl coached the team for six and a half years, but ultimately he and management couldn't get together on money.
[SUPER=01-Wally Walker/Sonics General Manager; :00]
[OUT Q=...of the team.]
Walker says he never could get an answer to that question that he liked.
The Indiana Pacer and the Chicago Bulls return to the Windy City tomorrow night for game five of the Eastern Conference finals.
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Last night, Reggie Miller hit a game winning three pointer with 7-10ths of a second left in the game.
Jordan could have won the game with a bank three pointer, but the shot rims out and the pacers won 96-94.
Today, the NBA is reviewing tape of a fight that broke out during the course of the game that involved Reggie Miller and the Chicago bench.
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[SUPER=01-Larry Bird/Indiana Head Coach; :23]
[OUT Q=...go from there"]
Coming up at six, Richard Petty talks about another of his firsts in racing, and we'll have some NCAA baseball highlights from Salem.
Take Care everybody.
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It's the only one left in the world.
The last B-29 "Superfortress" still flying is in Richmond this week.
"Fifi" is a restored version of the planes that carried bombs to Japan in World War Two.
The Confederate Air Force also brought one of only two B-24 Liberators still flying.
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[IN Q=You really]
((YOU REALLY WEREN'T EXPECTED TO RETURN SO-- I KEEP IN MIND THE NUMBER OF FELLOW FLYERS THAT DID NOT MAKE IT HOME.))
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((J.B. HUDSON/FORMER B-29 CREWMAN: I THINK IT'S A MISSION OF THOSE OF MY GENERATION TO MAKE CERTAIN THAT HISTORY IS RETOLD CORRECTLY. AND THAT'S WHAT WE DO WITH THESE PLANES. WE FLY AROUND THE COUNTRY. AND IT'S SORT OF LIKE A MUSEUM FLYING TO THE PEOPLE.))
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[OUT Q=the people.]