Coming up next on News 7 at 5, police are on the look out for a suspect as another Roanoke Bank is robbed.
and the death toll could rise to the thousands as rescueers search for survivors of this weekend's Tsunami in New Guinea.
Heat advisories cover portions of the viewing area, and a few showers knock down the brutal daytime highs. Stay tuned for your complete weather story.
One aspect of President Clinton's health care plan for the nation is meeting opposition on the right to privacy.
And the Blue Ridge Alzheimer's Association is educating the public on how to prevent wandering with a new program called Safe Return.
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Another bank on Melrose Avenue has been robbed. Shortly before four today an armed man held up the First Union bank in front of the Roanoke Salem Plaza.
The single suspect was apparently armed with a hand gun.
He took an undetermined amount of money and fled.
No one was injured in the robbery.
Roanoke police say the suspect may be a man the F-B-I has tracked up the east coast.
We have a crew on the scene and we will have more on this story tonight on News 7 at 6.
The grueling task of finding bodies goes on in (Pap-wa) Papua, New Guinea.
As Liz Gonzalez reports, it's now believed the weekend Tsunami killed more than 700.
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((Scenes of death and destruction are everywhere. Walls of water, more than 30 feet high simply wiped out everything along their path on the
island of Papua, New Guinea.
Located 93 miles north of Australia, the island has been plagued by many
natural disasters in the past, but nothing could have prepared its
residents for this.
Authorities believe the death toll, originally estimated at 700, is now
JOHN TEKWI, GOVERNOR OF WEST SEPIK PROVINCE: 3,000 LIVES, I COULDN'T MAKE A MISTAKE BECAUSE THESE 4 MAJOR VILLAGES HERE HAVE ALL
BEEN WASHED OUT, A CLEAN SWEEP.
Soldiers buried most of the dead where they found them. Dazed and bruised, some of the injured were able to walk away from the disaster.
Hundreds more are being treated at field hospitals, set up by Australian medical teams.
Rescue efforts continue as authorities search for more survivors.
FATHER AUSTEN CRAPP, LOCAL MISSIONARY: THE PEOPLE HAVE FLED IN TERROR INTO THE BUSH, WHICH MAKES IT VERY DIFFICULT FOR ANY FURTHER RESCUE OPERATIONS. THEY ARE SO FAR AWAY THE HELICOPTERS CAN'T
GET TO THEM.
This man broke down in tears as he looked at what was left of his village.
Villagers and relief workers formed human chains to help get much needed
food and supplies to the survivors. Authorities estimate that at least 6,000 people have been left homeless.
Liz Gonzalez for CBS News, New York.))
An indictment today for the Henry County woman accused of killing her infant daughter.
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Sharon Alley will stand trial on first degree murder charges.
Authorities say she stabbed her eight-month old daughter Brooke in the heart.
The stabbing happened Mother's Day in the home of Sharon Alley's parents in Figsboro.
Alley also faces felony neglect charges for allegedly throwing her baby on the floor last year.
A hearing on all of these charges is set for Thursday.
Charges will NOT be filed against a Campbell County couple who lost their daughter in an accidental shooting.
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One-year old Sabrina Sheppard died July 1st when her four-year old brother shot her in the head.
The boy found the .38-caliber revolver hidden in his father's dresser.
Prosecutor Neil Vener says the facts did NOT support a criminal charge.
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((NEIL VENER/CAMPBELL CO. PROSECUTOR: OBVIOUSLY THIS WAS A HORRIBLE TRAGEDY AND THE FACTS THAT WE HAD WAS THAT THE SHEPPARDS WERE NOT AWARE THAT THE CHILD WAS ABLE TO GET ACCESS TO THE GUN. IT WAS IN A DRESSER THEY THOUGHT WAS OUT OF HIS REACH AND THE STATUTE REQUIRES MORE THAN JUST BEING NEGLIGENT, IT REQUIRES THAT IT BE RECKLESS, AND THE FACTS HERE DID NOT SUPPORT THE FINDING OF RECKLESSNESS, AND THEREFORE NO CHARGES WILL BE PLACED.))
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Failing to keep a loaded weapon away from a child is a Class Three misdemeanor which carries a 500 dollar fine.
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A man trapped the past two days in a cave is finally free. We'll have his story next.
and the woman who led police on a high speed chase through the area is given a maximum sentence.
In Health Check, we'll hear about a new program that wants to make sure Alzheimer's patients make it safely home.
and Andrew Freiden will introduce us to a woman who wants to find homes for feral cats.
The woman who led Roanoke and Botetourt officers on a two- hour high- speed chase in May got the maximum possible sentence today.
28- year- old Karen Thompson got six years in prison on six misdemeanor charges, and a 15- thousand- dollar fine.
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During the chase she hit speeds well over 100 miles an hour.
She told police she ran because she didn't want to go to prison after jumping bond on a drug conviction.
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((RONNIE CLAY/ASSISTANT COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: THOSE TWO FACTORS ALONG WITH HER PRIOR CRIMINAL HISTORY AND WHAT NOT, I DON'T THINK THE JUDGE HAD TO GO TO FAR TO FIND THAT SHE WAS DESERVING OF MAXIMUM PUNISHMENTS IN THESE CASES.))
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Even though she pled no contest to the charges, Thompson's attorney says she'll appeal.
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Thompson also faces felony charges for failing to appear for sentencing in her drug case.
A caver trapped for 43 hours is free tonight.
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A crowd of rescuers broke into cheers as Craig Douglas was pulled from the cave in Upstate New York.
The 24 year old man was passing through a tunnel only ten inches wide and 18 inches high when his leg became pinned between a rock and the floor of the cave.
((THE MOST EMOTIONAL MOMENT WAS WHEN WE HEARD THE WORDS HIS LEG IS LOOSE. THAT'S SORT OF A DRAW OF BREATH FROM EVERYONE. BIG SMILES.))
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Douglas suffered only scrapes and a bruised knee.
In their heyday, they were known as the "Big Three."
Central Fidelity, Signet and Crestar ... all big banks with headquarters in Virginia.
Now they have something else in common:
They've each been bought by a bigger bank.
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Scott Goldberg is our newsroom.
Scott, Crestar is the latest bank caught up in the merger mania --
But how is Crestar's deal different from the others?
Jean, probably the biggest difference comes when you're talking about jobs.
If this deal is approved, Crestar will merge with Atlanta's SunTrust Banks, which doesn't have any branches in the same geographic area as Crestar.
That means people around here who work for Crestar most likely will hold onto their jobs.
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Crestar hailed its merger as one that will let the Richmond-based bank keep operating the way it has been.
In the 9-and-a-half billion dollar deal with Atlanta's SunTrust, Crestar keeps its current management and keeps its name for two years.
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Analyst John Clarke points out Crestar was a lucrative target for a takeover, because it is such a strong bank in the mid-Atlantic area.
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((JOHN CLARKE: THIS IS A REAL GOOD ACQUISITION FOR SUNTRUST BECAUSE IF YOU'RE GONNA BE A MAJOR PLAYER AS SUNTRUST WANTS TO BE, YOU'VE GOTTA BE IN THIS RICHMOND CORRIDOR UP TO WASHINGTON, DC AND MARYLAND.))
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Now there's just one big Virginia bank left ... First Virginia ... whose stock shot up today on speculation IT could be the next Virginia bank to get a partner.
First Virginia's stock was up ...
And Crestar' stock...
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Patrick will be here next with our hot forecast.
and we'll see a beauty pageant that has gone to the dogs. We'll have the winner of the ugliest dog contest, a little later in the newscast.
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In Sports, Peyton Manning has a beef with his new contract...
Coming up on health check --
If all of the details of your health were stored in one national computer database -- would you be less likely to share information with your doctor?
That's the concern of some opponents of a Clinton administration plan to create that system.
And researchers say doctors treating glaucoma patients should take a different approach in some cases.
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The odds of coming in contact with someone who suffers from Alzheimer's are on the rise-- with our population aging and contining to grow.
That was the message today for law enforcement officers in and around the New River Valley attending an educational seminar.
Alzheimer's is a progressive and irreversible disease which gradually damages and destroys nerve cells in the brain.
Many sufferers tend to wander from home-- and exhibit inappropriate behavior such as exposing themselves or shoplifting.
The goal was to not only teach law enforcement officers how to recognize Alzheimer's patients but also how to handle them.
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((DR. CAROL MCLAIN/ALZHEIMERS ASSOCIATION VOLUNTEER:BECAUSE OF CONFUSION AND LANGUAGE PROBLEMS AND PROBLEMS WITH MEMORY, FOLKS MAY NOT BE ABLE TO ANSWER THEIR QUESTIONS DIRECTLY AND SO THEY MIGHT HAVE A DIFFICULT TIME REALLY COMPLYING WITH WHAT THE OFFICERS ASKS THEM TO DO, SO WE TRY TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND THAT THAT'S WHAT'S HAPPENING AND THEN BE ABLE TO USE LANGUAGE AND CALM BEHAVIOR TO HELP REASSURE TH PERSON SO THAT THEY CAN GET THE CALMEST POSSIBLE RESPONSE FROM THE PERSON. ))
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The seminar was sponsored by the Alzheimer's Association Blue Ridge of Virginia Chapter.
Tonight at six-- we'll have more on a national program designed to help loved ones locate their family members who m
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A new study suggests African Americans and Caucasians should get different treatments when it comes to glaucoma.
Glaucoma patients suffer from optic nerve damage and loss of vision caused by several different eye diseases, most of which are characterized by increased pressure in the eyes.
Doctors traditionally prescribe eye drops to lower that pressure.
If that doesn't work, they frequently turn to conventional surgery and then laser surgery.
Now a study by the National Institutes of Health says laser surgery should be one of the first line of treatment for black patients.
White patients seem to respond better to conventional treatments.
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Laser surgery is more convenient and has less complications.
No matter which treatment is used doctors stress early detection could save your sight.
Virginia's first recipient of a double lung transplant from living donors has died.
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14- year- old Robert Jackson of Patrick County died July 1st at U-V-A Medical Center from non-transplant related complications.
The teenager's family and doctors thought the surgery was promising for the boy with Cystic Fibrosis.
Two members of the Jackson's Church donated parts of their lungs for the operation in January.
Clinton administration officials say it's a sensitive issue.
A national health database contains medical histories of every American in a computer file that could be accessed by doctors and insurers.
Privacy advocates aren't happy with the new health care plan.
Critics say sensitive health information might fall into the wrong hands.
And that could lead patients to hesitate before sharing information with their doctors.
Under the plan, every American would be assigned a computer code
called a Unique Health Identifier.
That code would track them as they change doctors and health insurance companies.
And finally, if you're exercising routine involves rock climbing, you may want to try something else.
That's what researchers are suggesting after finding rock climbing did little for the body when compared to aerobic exercise such as running on a treadmill.
While climbers have the same heart rates as runners, they didn't use as much oxygen.
Health experts say the start and stop aspects of climbing are probably resulting in a less intense workout.
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your two minute ticker. lets start on the NFL gridiron
The Seattle Seahawks are in day two of training camp and quarterback Warren Moon has yet to show up.
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Moon is holding out while his agent negotiates a new contract. The 41 year old Moon wants a two year deal at three to five million a year. Yesterday, the Seahawks offered Warren 1.85 million for next season. Moon set several team passing records in his first year with Seattle and was the pro bowl MVP.
The Indianapolis Colts open training camp later this week, but unless something happens soon, they will open it up without top draft pick Peyton Manning.
The former Tennessee great is still without a contract. And unless you have signed you can't take part in training camp.
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However, even thought he is without a contract rest assured he will not go without a meal.
In a move that's certain to irritate Oprah, Manning is now a spokesman for the Tennessee Beef Council.
He's urging youngsters to eat better and eat more beef.
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Manning has stayed low key about his contract negotiations saying only that he wants to be signed by the time camp opens for the veterans.
The Virginia Tech Hokies open their season against East Carolina on September 5th at Lane Stadium and a record number of season ticket holders will be in the house for the four o'clock kickoff.
For the first time ever, season ticket sales in Blacksburg have topped the 17 thousand mark.
This is the fifth straight year that a new season ticket high has been set at Tech.
And it is the earliest, as well.
There are still seven weeks left before the season opener.
Coming up at six, Jeff Gordon talks about Mark Martin nipping at his heels with Pocono coming up this Sunday.
Plus, the preseason ACC football poll is out.
The Cavs are in third. We check the entire poll tonight at six.
Have a safe night folks.
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There are thousands of former house cats living in the wild across the country.
They are called FERAL cats.
Today Andrew Freiden introduces us to a woman who has made her life a crusade to help feral cats.
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