Coming up next on News 7, a Roanoke woman is stabbed to death outside her Long Acre Drive home.
And it's not your usual summer vacation for these Yale students.
They took a break from their cross-country bike trip to lend a helping hand.
Although most of the rain has moved out, the clouds hang tough through Saturday. A cool start to the weekend coming up
On health Check, we'll find out what the experts say you need to know before hitting the trail.
And it's a toxin that causes deadly botulism.
But a new practice uses small amounts of Botox to get rid of facial wrinkles.
News-7 at Five is Next.
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((SUSIE GOODCHILD/NEIGHBOR; WE HEARD...OH MY GOD!))
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A normally quiet community is in shock after a woman is fatally stabbed, apparently at the hands of her estranged husband.
Good Evening, I'm Tonya Flory sitting in for Jean Jadhon.
A Roanoke woman is dead following an altercation with her ex-husband.
The incident took place on Long Acre Drive in Northeast Roanoke.
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David Johnson is in our newsroom where he tells us authorities and neighbors are trying to determine what led to the incident.
Tonya, even though the couple had recently divorced, some neighbors say this was a quiet couple with no history of domestic violence.
No one knows what led up to this morning's stabbing death of 46-year old Wanda Ratcliff Jennings, something most witnesses say was, by all accounts, unusual.
(Rollcue: by all accounts, unusual.)
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[SUPER=01-Det. Neil Tolrud/Roanoke Police; 1:07]
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((SUSIE GOODCHILD/NEIGHBOR; WE WAS STANDING..ALWAYS QUIET.))
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That is until about nine this morning. That's when the couple's argument began.
According to witnesses, the victim's children saw the whole thing, including the actual stabbing.
Goodchild says she tried to assist the woman's son attend to her.
Another woman looked after the victim's five year old granddaughter.
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((SUSIE PAGAN/NEIGHBOR; THE LITTLE GIRL..IN FRONT OF ME.))
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Wanda Jennings died at the scene.
Michael Jennings got in his truck and left immediately after the stabbing.
He was picked up by police a few miles from the scene near Old Mountain Road in Roanoke County.
Authorities say while this is not an open and shut case, there is no indication that anyone other than Jennings committed the act.
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((DET. NEIL TOLRUD/ROANOKE POLICE; ACCORDING TO WITNESSES..RESPONSIBLE FOR STABBING.))
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Police say Michael Jennings was disoriented when he was apprehended.
He apparently had taken a large quantity of prescribed pills and collasped.
He is now at a local hospital, where he will be kept overnight for observation.
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Police say Jennings is being evaluated. An arrest warrant has been obtained. Jennings will be charged with murder. Tonya?
Seventeen-year-old Luke Woodham will spend the rest of his life behind bars for killing his mother last October.
Woodham will face trial next week on charges that he shot and killed two of his Pearl High School classmates shortly after he
stabbed his mother to death.
During his trial Woodham broke down in tears, claiming that while he remembers demons and a satanic mentor constantly torturing him, he does not recall stabbing his mother.
The defense claimed that Woodham is mentally ill, and under the control of cult leader.
A town in Utah remains evacuated today as 300 police officers along with the F-B-I and a swat team continue a manhunt for two suspected police killers.
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Authorities say one of the three armed fugitives apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday.
In a press conference this morning the governor of Colorado said the search is still very dangerous.
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((ROY ROMER/COLORADO GOVERNOR:I AM PARTICULARLY CONCERNED THAT THESE OFFICERS, IN THE ORDINARY COURSE OF THEIR DUTIES, APPROACH AN ARREST, THEY MAY BE CONFRONTED WITH WEAPONS SUCH AS AK-47'S. THIS IS SOMETHING WE NEED TO PUT A STOP TO IN THIS COUNTRY.))
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Sheriff Mike Lacey says he hopes the evacuation of 300 citizens of Bluff won't last much longer.
A Martinsville man admits he shot at a homeowner during a botched burglary attempt last year.
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Richard Michael Stokes pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges of attempted murder, burglary, and grand larceny.
Police say Stokes and another man, Randall Lee Gilbert, tried to burglarize the home of Leslie Hussey last June.
When Hussey surprised the would-be burglars, Stokes fired at him and fled the scene.
Stokes will spend 13-years in jail for his crimes.
Gilbert was already tried, found guilty, and will be sentenced later this month.
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The state supreme court rules grandparents do not have a right to visit their grandchildren.
That story is still ahead.
And unionized General Motors workers walk off the job.
The shutdown could be bad news for the company's pick-up trucks.
On Health check-- there's a new procedure to get rid of unwanted wrinkles by using small amounts of a deadly toxin.
And Steve Mason will be here with sports and updates on the Bulls and Jazz.
It's all still ahead on News-7 at Five.
Percy Lavar Walton's death penalty will stand for his three person killing and burglary spree in Danville in 1996.
That's the decision of the Virginia Supreme Court today.
[VO-NAT tape 97-70 10/31/97]
Walton's attorney had argued that other Virginia killers had committed murders just as heinous as Walton's without getting a death sentence.
Walton shot Jesse and Elizabeth Kendrick in their Cabin Lake home.
A few days later he killed Archie Moore in Moore's home.
The Supreme Court found that Walton is a "continuing serious threat to society."
The justices noted that Walton allegedly told a jail cellmate that he wanted to catch everybody at Cabin Lake apartments at the swimming pool and "just gun 'em all down."
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Tom and Sarah Williams have a constitutional right to raise their daughter the way they see fit.
That was the decision handed down today by the Virginia Supreme Court which ruled in favor of the Blacksburg couple.
Tom's parents sued for visitation with their seven year old granddaughter.
But the court ruled the state does NOT have a right to step between parent and child unless there's proof the child has been abused or neglected.
No such allegations were ever raised.
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((TOM WILLIAMS/PARENT:WE WERE JUST VERY HAPPY, VERY THANKFUL, TO MS. DORSEY, FOR THE TIME AND EFFORT SHE SPENT, WHAT IT TOOK TO PUT INTO THIS CASE AND THANKFUL TO OUR FRIENDS, OUR FAMILY, OUR CHURCH, FOR SUPPORTING US AND BEING WITH US, DURING A PRETTY TOUGH TIME. ))
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Similar suits are pending in other states and while the Virginia Supreme court decision is not a controlling decisio
n it could have an influence on their outcome.[5-GM-Strike]
More than 33-hundred United Auto Workers members walked off the
job this morning at a Detroit plant that makes parts for G-M's lucrative light trucks.
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A lengthy strike could cost G-M hundreds of millions of dollars in lost sales of its high-profit pickups, sport utility vehicles and minivans.
The strike also could delay the scheduled fall launch of the redesigned full-size pickup, the Chevrolet Silverado, and its twin,
the G-M-C Sierra.
The truck is a major moneymaker for G-M.
It was a day to honor the area's small business leaders.
The Regional Chamber held its annual small business luncheon this afternoon.
Entrepreneurs were recognized for their successful ventures.
The luncheon's keynote speaker was former Senate candidate Mark Warner.
Warner is a Northern Virginia businessman who, last month, announced he's heading up a fund to help small companies grow their business.
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((MARK WARNER: WHAT WE CAN PROVIDE WITH THIS VENTURE CAPITAL FUND IS THE ABILITY TO KEEP THE BEST AND BRIGHTEST RIGHT HERE IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA SO THAT THE NEXT MAJOR PROJECT CAN BE DEVELOPED AT VIRGINIA TECH OR HERE IN ROANOKE AND DOESN'T HAVE TO BE IN NORTHERN VIRGINIA OR THE RESEARCH TRIANGLE OR SILICON VALLEY.))
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Warner said 70-percent of Virginia's new jobs are created by small businesses.
Patrick Evans has his hiking boots on-- ready to celebrate National Trails Day.
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The Appalachian Trail Club has some big events coming up this weekend, as tomorrow celebrates National Trail Day.
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Patrick Evans joins us with some folks from the Appalachian Trail Club to tell us more about all the festivities associated with the big day.
[SUPER=01-Lucien Metayer/Roanoke Appalachian Trail Club;]
[SUPER=01-Andrew Bailey/Roanoke Co. Parks and Rec.]
[Dissolve to Pinnacle] NATIONAL TRAIL DAY INFO
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Nascar qualifying at Richmond gets underway in a couple of hours.
Steve Mason will have more on that in sports.
In Health Check, a new study says millions of women over the age of 59 abuse alcohol or drugs.
And a lot of people will be hitting area trails this summer.
But there are a few things to remember before you take to the great outdoors.
[1:50:08 Hiking Safety]
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((DONNA WILSON/JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST; IT'S NOT A GOOD IDEA TO PICK PLANTS, ESPECIALLY TO EAT THEM. YOU DON'T KNOW WHAT'S ON THEM AND YOU COULD HAVE SOME KIND OF ALLERGIC REACTION.))
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It's that time of year- when the cold winter months give way to the warm days of summer.
If you're of the adventurous sort, the hot weather could mean a hike along the Appalachian Trail.
News 7's Sarah Santoriello has some advice on how to make your trip outdoors a little safer.
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[SUPER=01-Leonard Adkins/Appalachain Trail Club;]
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((The Appalachian Trail- from Georgia to Maine- hundreds of miles of preserved natural beauty. But that beauty can often mask danger lurking in the trail's shadows.
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((DONNA WILSON/G.W. AND JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST: OUR WOODS ARE PRETTY SAFE. THERE ARE BLACK BEARS OUT THERE, BUT USUALLY THEY'RE MORE AFRAID OF YOU THAN YOU ARE OF THEM. JUST DON'T MESS WITH THEIR CUBS AND DON'T HAVE ANY FOOD OUT AND IF THEY ARE EATING, DON'T MESS WITH THEM.))
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Taking a few precautions could mean the difference between life and death. Injuries can be crippling, and temperatures can drop quickly, even during the warmest summer months. Before you start your hike, make sure to tell someone where you're going.
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((DONNA WILSON/G.W. AND JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST: THAT'S IN CASE YOU DO GET LOST. IF AN INJURY WERE TO HAPPEN, THEY'D KNOW WHERE TO FIND YOU.))
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Wilson says it's unlikely you'll get lost if you stick to the marked trails, but if you do become lost, and darkness is falling, don't panic.
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((DONNA WILSON/G.W. AND JEFFERSON NATIONAL FOREST: JUST RELAX FOR THE NIGHT AND WAIT TIL IT GETS LIGHT IN THE MORNING AND TRY IT AGAIN IN THE MORNING AND JUST FOLLOW THE TRAIL OUT. IT SHOULD BE NOT TOO DIFFICULT TO DO.))
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Leonard Adkins has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail three times- and is within 200 miles of completing a fourth trip. In his travels, Adkins has seen first-hand some mistakes hikers make.
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((LEONARD ADKINS/APPALACHAIN TRAIL CLUB: YOU ALWAYS NEED TO PREPARE FOR THE WEATHER. WE'RE BARELY PREPARED TODAY. I'VE COME ACROSS PEOPLE WHO HAVE HAD PROBLEMS WITH HYPOTHERMIA, EVEN IN THE MID-SUMMER.))
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((SARAH SANTORIELLO/REPORTING: OFFICIALS SAY ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS A HIKER CAN DO IS CHECK THE LOCAL FORECAST BEFORE HEADING OUT TO THE TRAILS. BUT IF SEVERE WEATHER DOES STRIKE, THE SAFEST THING TO DO IS TO SEEK SHELTER IMMEDIATELY. FOR NEWS 7 HEALTH CHECK, I'M SARAH SANTORIELLO.))
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An estimated two-million Americans undergo plastic surgery every year in an effort to look younger.
Many more opt for less invasive procedures like collagen injections or chemical peels.
Now there's a new product to fight wrinkles called Botox.
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Injections of Botox (Bow-tox) work to partially paralyze the muscles in the face that cause wrinkles.
The muscles are injected with tiny amounts of the toxin that causes deadly Botulism.
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((ALASTAIR CARUTHERS/DERMATOLOGIST; IT'S A VERY SAFE TECHNIQUE. THERE ARE NO SIGNIFICANT SIDE EFFECTS THROUGHOUT THE BODY.))
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Critics say Botox takes the quest for youth too far.
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((ELIZABETH HAIKEN/AUTHOR; WHY DOES IT BECOME SO IMPORTANT FOR WOMEN NOT TOO AGE, TO FREEZE THEIR FACES SO THAT THE YEARS THAT THEY LIVE AND THE EXPERIENCE THAT THEY HAVE DON'T SHOW ON THIER FACE. THAT'S A VERY FRIGHTENING CONCEPT, I THINK.))
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The creators of Botox say it doesn't erase expression, it corrects it.
A new study indicates a surprising number of older women abuse alcohol or prescription drugs.
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The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse found that seven-percent of women over age 59 are addicted to or abuse alcohol.
That's nearly two-million women.
The study also found eleven-percent of women in the same age group-- about three million-- abuse prescription drugs like pain or anxiety medication.
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((BETTY FORD/FORMER FIRST LADY; WE NOW KNOW SUBSTANCE ABUSE HAS REACHED EPIDEMIC LEVELS.
BETTY HILTON/RECOVERING ALCOHOLIC; MY LIFE WENT FROM WONDERFUL - HE LEFT ME WELL OFF - BUT BY THE TIME I WOKE UP
AND WAS SOBER I REALIZED I'D LOST ALMOST EVERYTHING.))
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[SUPER=01-Betty Hilton/Recovering Alcoholic; :06]
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The study also found alcoholism and drug abuse are often mis-diagnosed by doctors-- mainly because they don't look past depression as the cause of behavior changes in older women.
Nascar Qualifying and N-B-A hoops top today's sports.
Here's Steve Mason.[S5-Burton]
Good afternoon everyone, thanks for joining our fast and furious 120 seconds.
Winston Cup drivers begin Bud pole qualifying for the Pontiac Excitement 400 at Richmond in about a half hour. Rusty Wallace is your defending champion.
South Boston's Jeff Burton has had one of the top cars in the Winston Cup and Busch Races at Richmond.
Burton has had many chances but he's never won a race at the Richmond International Raceway.
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[OUT Q=....lot to us."]
In Busch series qualifying at Richmond, Virginia native Wayne Grubb collected his first career Bud pole with a lap of 123.717 miles per hour in the number 83 Link-Belt Chevrolet for the Hardee's 250.
Stacy Compton will start 28th in tonight's craftsman Truck series Pronto Auto parts 400 at Texas Motor Speedway.
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GM Goodwrench driver Jay Sauter qualified on the outside pole. Compton is optomistic considering he will break in a new super speedway truck tonight.
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[SUPER=01-Stacy Compton/Driver of RC Cola Ford; :00]
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The N-B-A championship series resumes tonight in Salt Lake City. Utah leads the best of seven series 1-oh and can hold the home court advantage tonight when the two teams hook up in game two.
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[SUPER=01-John Stockton/Jazz Guard; :00]
[SUPER=01-Michael Jordan/Bulls Guard; :18]
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tipoff tonight is 9 oclock. That's it for sports, coming up at six, we will hear from Rusty Wallace, last year's Pontiac Excitement 400 winner. Have a great weekend.
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Some students from Yale are biking across the country for a cause.
Along the way, the group stops and works on houses for Habitat for Humanity--in exchange for lodging and food.
Today they stopped in Roanoke.
The students are apart of the Habitat Bicycle Challenge to raise money for the organization.
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((MAKEBA SEARGEANT/HABITAT BIKE CHALLENGE; I WANTED TO SEE THE NATION AND REALLY SEE IT AND STOP WHERE EVER I COULD AND ALSO I THINK HABITAT IS A GREAT THING AND ANYWAY I CAN HELP I'D LIKE TO.
LOREN GRIFFITH/HABITAT BIKE CHALLENGE; THE RIDE IS SO BEAUTIFUL IN MANY PLACES THAT YOU CAN FORGET ABOUT THE PAIN AND JUST ENJOY THE RIDE.))
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[SUPER=01-Loren Griffith/Habitat Bike Challenge; :11]
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Their two month tour will take them from Washington, DC to San Francisco.