Coming up next on News 7, Did a Roanoke police officer choke an assault suspect to death? A jury decides.
And Pat Robertson says Florida will feel some serious consequences
from its support of gay pride events.
Once again big thunderstorms have fired up over Kentucky and the rain is headed for SW Virginia. Details just ahead.
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Stay with us--News 7 at Five is next.
(( IN THIS CASE THERE WAS NEVER ANY DAMAGE TO THE NECK. AND THAT WAS THE FIRST THING THAT MADE EVERYBODY IN THIS CASE THINK: "HEY, THIS WASN'T A CHOKE HOLD." THERE'S SOMETHING ELSE GOING ON HERE.))
The attorney for a Roanoke city cop says a jury was right to clear his client of any wrongdoing in the 1993 death of an assault suspect.
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Good afternoon I'm Jean Jadhon.
The jury made short work of the case.
At the end of a three-day trial, the federal jury of five women and two men took just an hour and a half to decide that Officer Jim Donaldson had not used excessive force in arresting Eric Scott Lee five years ago.
The day of the incident, Donaldson himself said he'd used a "choke hold" to subdue the suspect. And yet his lawyer says Lee died of cardiac arrest.
[IN Q=In this case]
((IN THIS CASE, THIS WASN'T A CHOKE HOLD. IT WAS A SITUATION WHERE THE AIR WAS NEVER ACTUALLY BLOCKED. IT WAS MORE A MATTER OF, AS I ASSUME THE JURY FOUND, THAT THE NERVES ON THE SIDE OF THE NECK THAT WERE ACTUALLY PRESSURED CAUSED THE CARDIAC ARREST WHICH THEN LED TO MR. LEE'S DEATH.))
[SUPER=01-Jim Guynn/Officer Donaldson's Attorney]
[OUT Q=Lee's death]
Officer Donaldson slipped out the back of the courtroom to avoid reporters after the verdict.[5-McCane]
A dispute over a motel bill cost Bedford County sheriff's lieutenant John McCane his career, but he will NOT end up with a felony conviction on his record.
McCane pleaded "no contest" today to a misdemeanor charge of interfering with another person's property.
Investigators say McCane arranged for two drug informants to stay at a local motel at county expense for nearly two weeks WITHOUT the approval of sheriff Mike Brown.
[IN Q=This was a]
((JOHN LIECHTENSTEIN/MCCANE'S ATTORNEY: THIS WAS A DISPUTE ABOUT LENGTH OF STAY FOR AN INFORMANT. THE INFORMANTS WERE PROPERLY HOUSED, THEY WERE ACTUAL INFORMANTS, THEY HAD PROVIDED INFORMATION THAT BEEN THE BASIS OF A SEARCH WARRANT AND THEN ARREST.))
[SUPER=01-John Liechtenstein/Attorney for John McCane; :00]
[OUT Q=and then arrest.]
Special prosecutor Joel Branscom says "no" county money ever changed hands.
McCane was fined 100 hundred dollars plus court costs.
He had resigned his job in January.
Texas authorities will seek the death penalty for the men accused of dragging a black man behind a truck until he died.
The three are said to be linked to white supremacist groups.
Jasper County authorities says the nature of the crime demands the death penalty.
((BILLY ROWLES/JASPER CO. SHERIFF: IT IS OUR OPINION THIS HORRIBLE CRIME WARRANTS A CAPITAL OFFENSE. ))
[SUPER=01-Billy Rowles/Jasper Co. Sheriff;]
[OUT Q=A CAPITAL OFFENSE.]
James Byrd Junior was dragged to death behind a pickup truck-
Tonight President Clinton says the death is shocking and outrageous. He says he's deteremined that those responsible will be brought to justice.
Pearl High School students are recounting the horror they felt when one of their classmates brought a gun to school and opened fire.
Their testimony comes in Luke Woodham's trial in Mississippi for the deaths of two female students.
Woodham is accused of going on a shooting rampage at the school-
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((CHRIS CHIP/SUBSTITUTE TEACHER: I DON'T THINK HE WAS INSANE. HE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE EVERYONE THINK THAT. HE WAS. BUT I DON'T THINK HE WAS. I MEAN YOU DO THE CRIME. YPU PAY THE TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Chip/Substitute Teacher;]
[OUT Q=YOU PAY THE TIME."]
Woodham was convicted last week of stabbing his mother before the shooting spree.
He was sentenced to life in prison for that killing.
Rescue crews have found two more bodies in a grain elevator in Haysville, Texas- bringing the death toll there to four.
Two more men are still missing though- No one is sure if they are dead or alive.
So far workers have cleared away five tons of debris from the tunnel.
((KEN COX/DISTRICT FIRE CHIEF; ANYTIME WE HAVE AN OPEN POCKET UNDERNEATH A PIECE FALLEN DEBRIS THERE'S A CHANCE THAT PERSON COULD BE UNDER THAT FALLEN DEBRIS AND THATS THE ASSUMPTION WE'RE GOING ON THAT SOMEONE WILL BE UNDER THAT DEBRIS. ))
[SUPER=01-Ken Cox/District Fire Chief;]
[OUT Q=under that debris."]
The grain elevator exploded Monday- killing four people and injuring 11 others.
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Pat Robertson says there will be serious consequences to one city's decision to tolerate demonstrations of gay pride.
That story is coming up on News 7 at Five.
And students and teachers at one area school will be sporting a new look this fall-- a dress code.
On Healthcheck, a new study offers some theories about why black women have a higher death rate from breast cancer.
Also caring for exotic birds-- Patrick Evans has a preview of a show coming up this weekend in Roanoke.
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Pat Robertson has a warning for Orlando, Florida: beware of hurricanes.
The Virginia Beach-based religious broadcaster says the city should prepare for hurricanes after allowing "Gay Days" last weekend.
Each year, local gay organizations sponsor the event, with
rainbow flags flying from downtown utility poles.
Disney also has an unofficial "Gay Day" at its theme park.
On his "700 Club" cable T-V talk show,
Robertson said Orlando
shouldn't be --in his words --"waving those flags in God's
He also warned the widespread practice
of homosexuality will bring about terrorist bombs, earthquakes, tornadoes and
possibly even a meteor.
The head of a gay rights group says if Robertson is worried
about hurricanes, quote "he should worry first about his own roof."[5-Violent-Kids]
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"Take all threats seriously."
That, literally, is the message Virginia's Department of Education sent out last week to school divisions in the wake of a series of shooting rampages at schools across the nation.
The memo includes warning signs for teachers and administrators to look for that might foreshadow violent behavior.
[IN Q=We have to]
((RICHARD LAYMAN/DEP. SUP'T. FOR PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: WE HAVE TO LOOK OUT FOR THE WELFARE OF ALL STUDENTS IN THE SCHOOL. WE HAVE TO BE CONCERNED ABOUT EVERY SINGLE CHILD. AND THAT REQUIRES US TO PAY ATTENTION TO EVERY SINGLE INSTANCE, EVERY SINGLE THREAT. AND TO TAKE IT VERY REALISTICALLY.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Layman/Dep. Sup't. for Public Instruction;]
[OUT Q=very realistically.]
State officials acknowledge that principals are suspending and expelling children for threats that may have gone unnoticed in years past.
In Nelson County, a five year old who told a classmate he was going home to get his gun was suspended for two days this week.
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Principals around the state are also tightening the reins on abusive language by students.
But some parents feel the school system is overreacting.
Leslie (Pear-A-deeso'S) Paradiso's 12-year old son attends Blacksburg Middle school.
She says he was given one day in-school suspension after he told another student quote "screw you" after the child repeatedly humiliated him in gym class.
[IN Q=What bothers]
((LESLIE PARADISO/PARENT:WHAT BOTHERS ME THE MOST IS THAT THIS IS A CHILD WHO IS AN "A" STUDENT, HAS NEVER BEEN IN TROUBLE IN HIS LIFE, AND HE WAS DEFENDING HIMSELF.))
[SUPER=01-Leslie Paradiso/Parent; ]
[OUT Q=defending himself.]
Paradiso says she spoke with school officials and was able to change the in-school suspension to two days of detention.
Superintendent Fred Morton says disciplining students is NOT cut and dry and that a lot of factors go into deciding
how to discipline a child.[5-Rockbridge]
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Tank tops and t-shirts are a couple of items that will soon be off limits for TEACHERS in Rockbridge County schools.
Last week the county's school board approved a dress code for all students AND school employees.
The area's school superintendent says the policy for students consists mostly of rules that were already in place.
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[IN Q=With respect to]
((GLEN STARK/ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: WITH RESPECT TO THE STUDENTS PROBABLY THE KEY POINT THERE WAS CONSISTENCY. WE HAD A DIFFERENT DRESS CODE FOR OUT TWO MIDDLE SCHOOLS AND OUR ONE HIGH SCHOOL. AND, NOW WHAT WE DID WAS WE BASICALLY TOOK ALL THE PARTS OF THOSE THREE DRESS CODES, INCORPORATED THEM INTO ONE MORE DRESS CODE WITH A FEW ADDITIONAL THINGS AND THAT'S WHAT OUR DRESS CODE IS NOW FOR ALL STUDENTS.))
[SUPER=01-Glen Stark/Rockbridge Co. School Supt.]
[OUT Q=for all students]
Clothing off limits for students includes flip-flops, tank tops, and oversized pants worn below the hips.
The codes will go into effect July first.
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Police say ineffective security equipment at a Roanoke bank prompted a robber to hit it a second time.
Police say the surveillance camera did not record and the money dye packs did not explode -- when the Melrose Avenue Nationsbank was robbed yesterday.
The dye packs also did not discharge when a robber hit the bank last month -- police say that encouraged him to return.
[IN Q=He just had]
((HE JUST HAD SUCCESS IN ROBBING THAT PARTICULAR BANK SO HE OBVIOUSLY FELT COMFORTABLE GOING BACK TO THAT BANK.))
[SUPER=01-Sgt. Stan Smith/Roanoke Police Department;]
[OUT Q=that bank]
Police have charged Daniel Cotton with both robberies.
The Melrose Avenue branch has been robbed four times in the last three years -- the only Roanoke bank hit repeatedly during that time.
Exotic birds are beautiful, but if you're going to have one as a pet what do you need to know about caring for it?
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Exotic birds can be fun to own, but they require some special care and attention.
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Patrick Evans joins us from a Bent Mountain Aviary, where folks are gearing up for a special fair just for bird lovers.
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[SUPER=01-Vanessa Rolfe/Avian & Exotic Veterinarian;]
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The latest fashion trends are for the very daring-- we'll
show you coming up on News 7 at Five.
On Healthcheck, what keeps some black women from seeking medical help for breast cancer? A new study says it could be cultural and religious influences.
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[OUT Q=merit to that argument]
Good afternoon. I'm Keith Humphry.
Here's one of the stories we're working on for News 7 at Six.
No more pencils, no more books.
School's out for the summer for MOST Danville Public School students.
But kids at Schoolfield Elementary-- the district's year-round school-- will be back in their classrooms tomorrow.
Danville is looking to expand the year-round program.
But where will the money come from?
[IN Q=The school that has asked]
((ANDY OVERSTREET/DANVILLE'S SUPERINTENDENT: THE SCHOOL THAT HAS ASKED TO GO YEAR-ROUND THIS YEAR IS A MIDDLE SCHOOL, GIBSON MIDDLE SCHOOL. AND IT'S STILL IN QUESTION BECAUSE THE COUNCIL HASN'T DECIDED WHETHER TO ADD THE APPROPRIATIONS TO THE SCHOOL BUDGET TO FUND THAT.))
[SUPER=01-Andy Overstreet/Danville School Superintendent;]
[OUT Q=budget to fund that.]
Will Danville's city council approve a waste water tax hike to support the year-round school program at Gibson Middle School?
We'll take a look at that question coming up tonight on News 7 at Six.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Keith/Newsroom]
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A private company wants to build a new MRI center in Roanoke County, but the plan is coming under fire by the area's local hospitals.
[Double Boxes=Jean and Tonya/Microwave]
Tonya Flory is at the Roanoke County Administration office where a public hearing on the matter was held this afternoon.
[Roll Cue:...not available in the area.]
[SUPER=01-Mike Villa/Roanoke Open MRI Inc.; :00 ]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.; :17]
[OUT Q=where you live]
Coming up at six, we'll tell you why two local hospitals don't want to see the new center built...Jean
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African-American women are 15 percent more likely to die from breast cancer
than white women, according to a new study published in the Journal of
American Medical Association.
Researchers at East Carolina University in Greenville say low income, lack of transportation and poor health coverage are all factors
contributing to high mortality rates among African-American breast
In addition, they say religious beliefs may play a
role. They found that African-American women were more than 3-times more likely to delay treatment, in many cases believing only God can cure them.
More white women than African-American women are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the U-S. Yet the death rates among
African-American women is higher than those of whites.
This new study may put to rest an old theory-- suggesting biological
differences cause tumors in black women to advance quicker than in white women.
In sports, the N-B-A finals resume tonight in Chicago. Closer to home, one area basketball coach is changing schools. Here's Steve Mason with more.
Lets tip off our 120 seconds of sports on the hard wood where
One of our hometown hoops weekly coaches is moving on. E.C. Glass head coach Mike Dufrene announced his resignation
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today in a an afternoon news conference at the high school. Dufrene served as the Hilltoppers head coach for five years and posted a 45 and 63 record. He also was Brookville's head coach for five years before his tenure at Glass.
Dufrene has accepted the head job at Osburne, the high school in Manassas where he played ball under Barry Sudduth, who steps down to make room for his former player.
[SUPER=01-Mike Dufrene/Steps Down as Glass Coach; :00]
[OUT Q=...years ago"]
Game four of the NBA finals tips off tonight in Chicago at 9. The Bulls lead the best of seven 2 games to one after a lopsided 96-54 Bulls blowout Sunday night.
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[SUPER=01-John Stockton/Jazz Guard; :19]
[OUT Q=...up against"]
The Detroit Red Wings head into Thursday night's game two of the Stanley Cup finals with a one game to noen lead over Washington.
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The Red Wings started fast, scoring two goals in the first period. Joe Kocur got things started, beating Capitals goalie Olaf Kolzig and then Niklas Linstrom scored the game winner. Kolzig had 29 saves.
On to soccer and speaking of defending world champions, Brazil opend the world cup with a 2-1 win over Scotland.
That's a wrap for the ticker, coming up at six, Roy Stanlet will ttake a look at the Danville 97's. Have a great day.
If you consider yourself a modest dresser, you may be amused--or appalled--by the latest fashion trends. (--------
[SUPER=03-New York, NY]
Actresses Jamie Lee Curtis and Courtney Cox turned heads at the MTV Movie Awards with their sheer clothing. Many are predicting this will be THE next big clothing trend--but caution it's really for the more daring dresser.
[IN Q=I THINK AMERICANS]
((VALERIE STEELE I THINK AMERICANS HAVE BECOME ACCEPTING OF A TREMENDOUS DEGREE OF BODY EXPOSURE. MUCH MORE THAN WE WOULD HAVE BELIEVED A FEW DECADES AGO.))
[SUPER=01-Valerie Steele/Fashion Author]
[OUT Q=A FEW DECADES AGO]
Skirts with very high-cut slits are also becoming popular.
Now if neither of these fashion trends sound appealing to you, you could go with a suit--how about one made of TIN FOIL.
Some fashion designers are even making outfits out of food wrappers.
The suits are a bold fashion statement for those who wear them, but they don't come without a cost.
One complete tin foil outfit will cost you about 850 dollars.
And don't worry about washing it, the suit will only last through about 10 wearings.