Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX tonight...
We'll go to court in Blacksburg with a man who ran from the scene of a fatal collision with a motorcycle.
And we'll hear of an easy- -though costly- -solution to the mental health crisis in Virginia- -one you probably haven't heard about.
Tonight on News 7 sports, Tiger is roaring at the PGA championship, we'll meet a participant in the Scott Robertson Memorial from South Africa.
Plus, Primetime has a bad time with his ribs,
but Al Clark looks pretty good as the Hokies begins two a day workouts in Blacksburg this morning.
Changes ahead in the weather picture. More clouds than sun and a good chance for showers as well.
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Virginia's mental health system is outdated, underfunded, needlessly cruel, and in some cases downright dangerous to the very vulnerable citizens it's trying to serve.
Those are some of the conclusions of an independent consultant's report released last month.
If you're used to "there are no easy answers," or "change takes time," you're in for a surprise.
In the first part of a NEWS 7 special report from the front lines of the crisis, Ellen Qualls reports on one easy-- but costly-- solution.
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(( What if there were wonder drugs, that could make all but the sickest of the state's 21-hundred hospitalized mentally ill patients well enough to go home?
Available since 1990, "atypical antipsychotics" like Clozaril have been changing lives.
But at a per patient cost of five to eight thousand dollars a year, versus 100 dollars a year for the old drugs like Halperidol... only the most violent patients are getting the wonder drugs.
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((DR. MIKE SHUTTY/WESTERN STATE HOSPITAL RESEARCHER: IT'S BEEN FRUSTRATING BECAUSE YOU SEE AN INDIVIDUAL WHO'S CONFUSED, DELUSIONAL, MAYBE HEARING VOICES. THEY'RE TORMENTED DAY IN AND DAY OUT. AND I HAVE THEM IN GROUP, DAY IN AND DAY OUT, TRYING TO EDUCATE THEM ABOUT THEIR ILLNESS. ABOUT HOW TO COPE WITH THEIR SYMPTOMS. AND I KNOW THAT IF THEY GOT A TRIAL ON ONE THESE MEDICATIONS, THE CHANCE OF THEM DOING BETTER WOULD BE GREAT.))
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((DR. MIKE SHUTTY/WESTERN STATE HOSPITAL RESEARCHER: I THINK WHAT WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE IS TO RECOGNIZE THAT THESE DRUGS REPRESENT THE STANDARD OF CARE. AND THAT THEY NEED TO BE MADE AVAILABLE TO ANYONE WHO MEETS THE CRITERIA FOR DESERVING A TRIAL OF THE ATYPICAL ANTIPSHCHOTICS. AND THAT SHOULD BE A CLINICAL DECISION. NOT A POLITICAL OR BUDGETARY ONE.))
Despite three commissions now studying mental health -- including Governor Jim Gilmore's high profile one -- Virginia politicians already have a lot of the answers.
A legislative report dated last July puts the price tag on the drugs at 67 million dollars a year to treat all 22- thousand public mental health patients who could use them in communities and hospitals across the Commonwealth.
The latest budget offers up 13 million dollars over two years for the drugs.
Ellen Qualls, News 7.))[SVMHI]
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(( Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Danville hopes to be spared the ax when politicans finally decide what to do with the state's mental hospitals.
The controverial Geller study says Southern Virginia should be closed and its patients cared for in the community.
Pat Martens-- the mother of a former patient-- wonders where people with mental illness in Danville would go for treatment.
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((PAT MARTENS/MOTHER OF FORMER PATIENT: YES, THERE'S SOME DISCOMFORT AND DISQUIET AT THE THOUGHT OF THERE BEING NO SERVICES OR NO TREATMENT AVAILABLE IN THE COMMUNITY IF THIS INSTITUTION WERE TO CLOSE.))
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Her son Peter spent six months at Southern Virginia in 1995 and was treated for depression and schizophrenia.
Martens isn't sure community-based treatment would have helped her son then.
She says if the state takes away Danville's mental hospital, it can't take the funding too.
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((PAT MARTENS/MOTHER OF FORMER PATIENT: IF THE HOSPITAL WERE TO CLOSE ITS DOORS, DOWN THE LINE, WHERE IS THE TREATMENT COMING FROM AND THAT IN TURN MEANS THAT THE FUNDING WOULD HAVE TO BE MADE AVAILABLE IN THE COMMUNITY FOR THE TREATMENT.))
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Martens isn't panicking just yet about the future of Southern Virginia.
There will be more studies and reports on Virginia's mental hospitals before any of them are forced to turn patients away.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
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Did John Claude Love act reasonably when he left the scene of a fatal motorcycle accident, back in June?
That was what a Blacksburg judge had to decide, this afternoon.
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Teresa Hamilton was in court and joins us from our Blacksburg newsroom with the judge's decision.
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Keith-- after listening to witnesses recount the minutes following the fatal accident that killed two Blacksburg men.
Judge Thomas Frith decided 30- minutes was simply too long for Love to finally summon help.
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((JOHN SIMON/PROSECUTION WITNESS: BEFORE I STARTED OUT OF THE HOUSE, I HEARD HER SCREAM, A RATHER, JUST SOUL WRENCHING SCREAM, SO I KNEW IT WAS TERRIBLE. ))
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John Simon and his wife, Cheryl, were among the first to make it to the accident scene.
The couple live nearby and heard the vehicles collide.
It was a site neither will ever forget.
Lying on the ground were the bodies of 21- year old Michael Dove and his 21- year old friend, Michael Perry.
Both were riding on the motorcycle that collided head on with a pick-up driven by 26- year old John Claude Love.
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((JOHN SIMON/PROSECUTION WITNESS: THE MOST PROFOUND THING I CAN SAY ABOUT THIS SCENE WAS THAT I COULD NOT BE PREPARED FOR, WAS THERE WAS NO MOVEMENT, IT WAS TOTALLY SILENT, THE VICTIM'S WEREN'T BREATHING OR MOVING.))
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Michael Dove was pronounced dead at the scene-- his friend died later at a Roanoke hospital.
John Simon was also questioned about the driver of the truck.
He testied he saw John Claude Love running away from the accident-- down Meadowbrook Drive.
About 30- minutes later, Love flagged down a Sheriff's deputy.
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((SGT. BILLY WIATT/MONTGOMERY CO. SHERIFF'S DEPT.: HE ADVISED ME THAT HE'D HIT A MOTORCYCLE, JUST UP THE ROAD, HE WAS GOING TO TRY TO FIND HELP. ))
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Love's attorney tried to indicate that, although there were homes in the vicinity, Love left the scene in hopes of finding help at a nearby church but no one was there.
It's an argument, the judge apparently didn't buy.
Judge Frith forwarded the felony hit and run charge to a grand jury.
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(QUESTION: Teresa, has the commonwealth's attorney there decided whether he'll pursue a charge of involuntary manslaug
Giles County's Department of Social Services has run out of money...for now.
The board of supervisors failed to approve the department's appropriation for August.
Director Linda Boggs says this means her staff won't get paid tomorrow.
And it means she can't pay her foster parents.
Boggs went before the board last week for her monthly appropriation. It amounted to about 128-thousand dollars.
One of the five board members was out of town. Supervisors Robert Williams and Larry Blankenship voted against releasing the money. The tie vote meant no action.
Boggs has turned the matter over to the state. In the meantime, she says her office WILL remain open.
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Thousands of Lynchburg residents woke up to dirty water this morning.
Coming up on News-7 at Six, we'll find out what caused the mess.
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And a lesson about music and life at Raleigh Court United Methodist Church.
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Three separate water main breaks left thousands of Lynchburg residents with some muddy- looking water in their pipes this morning.
The trouble started yesterday when the city's main water line broke.. and contractor work shattered two OTHER pipes.
The breaks stirred up sediment in the system, leaving one third of Lynchburg's customers with discolored water.
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((RAY BOOTH/PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR: THIS IS A TEMPORARY DISCOLORATION, IT IS NOT UNSAFE BY ANY MEANS. IT IS JUST CHEMICALS THAT HAVE SETTLED INTO THE WATER OVER THE YEARS, BUT WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE NOT TO WASH CLOTHES DURING THIS TIME BECAUSE IT COULD CAUSE SOME TEMPORARY DISCOLORATION OF THE CLOTHES.))
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The discolored water forced at least two businesses to temporarily shut down.
Repairs to all the water lines should be completed by tonight.
The New River Valley is getting a state of the art healthcare center named after the region.
Carilion Radford Community Hospital's new building is nearing completion and changing it's name to New River Valley Medical Center.
Hospital officials say the new name reflects the large geographic region the health care center serves.
The area includes the city of Radford and Bland, Carroll, Floyd, Giles, Montgomery, Pulaski and Wythe counties.
The 56-million dollar hospital and medical office complex is scheduled to open in January of 1999.
Construction worker Gary Doss is still protesting in front of the Roanoke County police department-- this time, with his children.
Doss is angry that his truck was impounded for 30- days, after an employee of his was caught driving it on a revoked license.
He says his children are walking the street beside him, because they're also suffering from his financial loss... about 300 dollars a day.
Doss maintains he didn't know his employee didn't have a valid license, or that he would be held accountable.
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((GARY DOSS/PROTESTOR: 98 PERCENT OF THE PUBLIC DON'T KNOW THIS LAW EXISTS. THE OTHER TWO PERCENT HAVE BEEN VICTIMIZED. JUST LIKE MYSELF. I DON'T THINK IT'S FAIR. AND I'D LIKE ANYBODY ELSE TO KNOW THIS LAW EXISTS AND HEY, DON'T LET NOBODY DRIVE YOUR VEHICLE. I DON'T CARE IF IT'S YOUR MOM.))
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Doss says he's been out of work for eight days now, but plans to keep demonstrating until he gets his truck back.
As for his children, Doss says he'll be sending them home.
Another reverse on Wall Street today. The Dow lost all of yesterday's gain,
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falling 93- and a half points to close at 84-hundred-59.
Nasdaq lost 23-points.
A California man is teaching about 90 Roanoke children to sing.
But as Tina Tenret shows us, he's hidden his own lessons in the music.
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Enter the Raleigh Court United Methodist Church.
Randal McChesney conducting.
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((DREW LINKOUS/STUDENT: I LEARNED ABOUT MUSIC AND HOW TO SING AND HOW MUCH POWER I DIDN'T KNOW I HAD IN SINGING AND HOW MUCH I KNEW ABOUT SINGING.))
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Little do they know, McChesney is also tuning their life skills.
For example, how to respect adults and follow directions.
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How to focus, when the rest sing a different tune.
And ultimately -- how to find the strength to stand alone.
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((CHOIR, THAT'S THE BEST EFFORT YET. THAT'S THE WAY TO SUCCEED IN EVERYTHING YOU DO IN SCHOOL, IS TO ADD MORE EFFORT. NEVER GIVE UP!))
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The group will perform tomorrow night at the Raleigh Court United Methodist Church.
Tina Tenret, News7, Roanoke. ))
Coming up tonight in sports, we'll check in with Tech quarterback Clark in his first workout of the Fall.
Plus, Tiger is on fire at the PGA championship,
and Steve Mason will introduce us to a South African golfer longing to return home after playing in this week's Scott Robertson Memorial.
The 1998 Virginia Tech football team began two a day workouts this morning outside the new Merryman sports complex on campus.
Quarterback Al Clark, who will only pracitce once a day in the preseason, moved well this morning and did not wear any type of brace on his rehabiliated knee.
His position coach thinks Clark will 100 percent very soon.
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Former Fleming star Lee Suggs got his first work against the big boys today and he continues to impress the coaching staff with his play.
Golf's final major is taking place this week out in Washington State.
And Tiger Woods ripped the course up during todays first round of the PGA championship.
Tiger Woods shot a four under par round of 66 today to grab the clubhouse lead and at this time he still is one top of the leaderboard.
Tiger used four birdies on the back nine to put himself in the lead.
This long putt on 13 that hits bottom was a key shot in the round.
Craig Stadler and Glen Day are still on the course and right behins Tiger with 3 under par rounds.
The Scott Robertson Memorial junior golf event is winding down at the Roanoke Country club.
Earlier this week we told you that 4 foreign countries are represented at the tournament.
Tonight Steve Mason has the story of Christo Greyleng a South African whose heart is back in his homeland.
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The Dallas have lost two of their top players until the regular season begins as a result Tuesday's scrimmage with the Saints.
Cornerback Deion Sanders will likely miss the rest of the preseason after cracking a rib in the scrimmage.
Deion is officially day to day.
His teammate Leon Lett is also out the rest of the exhibition season after injuring his knee against the Saints.
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Elsewhere in the league, Warren Moon ended his 24 day holdout and agreed to a two year contract with the Seattle Seahawks.
The 41 year old quarterback got a $2 and a quarter million dollar signing bonus and a total deal of five million.
He is expected toplay in the next two exhibition games.
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And if you're a fan of high school football, be sure to mark your calendars for next Friday Night at nine o'clock.
News 7 sports is set to present a special primetime hour long edition of Friday Football Extra to celebrate our 15th anniversary.
That's next Friday night August 21st from 9 until 10.
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