Coming up today on News 7 at 5, police launch an undercover investigation they hope will clean up a Roanoke park's
and the death toll continue to climb as a Halloween party turns deadly in a Swedish night club
Clouds hang tough this evening but will clear out as the weekend progresses. Forecast details coming up.
Students in Botetourt County are celebrating being healthy and drug free.
Plus doctors examine the nutrients or lack thereof in Halloween candy.
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A month long police investigation into sexual activity at two area parks will result in charges against 20 people.
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Stacey Martin is at Wasena Park with more..
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(( Pamela Irwin took her children to Smith Park for the last time September 22nd after finding condom wrappers scattered throughout the area.
Her story prompted Roanoke police to launch an undercover investigation in an effort to clean-up Smith and Wasena Park.
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((PAMELA IRWIN:I WAS JUST APPALLED THAT SOMETHING COULD HAPPEN LIKE THAT IN THE ROANOKE VALLEY. WE LIVE IN A COMMUNITY WHERE CHILDREN SHOULD BE SAFE PLAYING IN AN AREA LIKE THAT AND NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT GERMS OF THAT NATURE.))
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The investigation revealed that several men used the parks as a rendevous point to meet other men and engage in sexual activity.
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((DAVID NAGEL/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: IT BECAME A QUESTION OF WHETHER WE SHOULD PROSECUTE THESE PEOPLE OR POST SIGNS THAT THE PARKS ARE NO LONGER SAFE FOR CHILDREN AND FAMILIES. BECAUSE WHAT WE SAW WAS MEN MASTURBATING IN THE PLAYGROUND SEEKING SEX FROM OTHER MEN IN THE PARKS.))
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Nagel says 17 people will be indicted on Monday and charges will be filed against one juvenile.
Two other men will also be charged each with indecent exposure and sexual battery against an officer.))
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Emmett Cressell Junior will be tried in Grayson Count for allegedly burning and beheading a former black Marine in July of 1997.
Less than 15 minutes ago the court seleceted the remaining jurors needed to round out a panel of 24.
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Teresa Hamilton is at the courthouse in Independence.
Q&A: What is the victims family saying?
What does the defense think of today's developments?
It was two years ago that a Lynchburg family died in a house fire.
Now relatives are suing the owners of the home for 750 million dollars.
(Osama ah-boo-ZADE) Osama Abouzeid, his wife Felicia and their three daughters died when the home they rented on Sheffield Drive caught fire in July 1996.
Investigators ruled the fire was an accident- although no exact cause was ever determined.
The suit claims the smoke detectors did not have batteries and electrical work done on the house several weeks before the fire was not performed by a licensed electrician.
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Up next on the newscast, the death toll continues to climb following a night club fire in Sweden.
And we'll see how astronaut John Glenn is doing in his first full day in space.
On Health Check, area young people celebrate the drug free lifestyle.
and Patrick Evans will take us to the Haunted Railyard.
A Henry County man is on trial for murdering his brother earlier this year.
Jason Stanley is charged with second degree murder in the killing of his brother Scott last February
Scott Stanley was shot and killed at his home in the Spencer area.
Jason Stanley's attorneys say their client acted in self-defense, that Scott was the one who provoked a confrontation.
The case is expected to go to the jury sometime tonight.
Both Stanleys have moonshine convictions- so does their father Dee.
Survivors of a deadly nightclub fire say the scene was chaos.
The blaze swept through an overcrowded dance hall in Sweden- killing
67 people and injuring 155.
Most of the people in the club were between the ages of 14 and 18.
Survivors reported hearing an explosion and then lights and loud speakers fell from the ceiling.
One of the disco's two exits was blocked by flames-
One teen says people trampled others to get out- Some people kicked out windows and jumped from the second floor.
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Investigators say there weren't any sprinklers in the building.
A gas main erupted in Chicago-
sending flames hundreds of feet in the air.
Workers were repairing the gas line when it burst into flames-
and caught a nearby apartment building on fire.
Hundreds of seniors got out of the building safely- but six people were hurt- all firefighters and police officers.
None of the injuries is serious.
So far so good- for Senator John Glenn aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery.
It appears the Seantor is feeling fine.
NASA today also explained just what it was that fell off the shuttle during lift off yesterday.
Maureen Maher has more from the Johnson Space Center.
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These are the first pictures of payload specialist number two, John
Glenn, hard at work in the Shuttle Discovery..
MISSION CONTROLLER SAYS, "GOOD MORNING DISCOVERY.WELCOME TO A
SECOND DAY IN SPACE." SHUTTLE ANSWERS, "THANKS, HOUSTON, IT'S GOOD TO BE
In fact following a wake up call from LOUIS ARMSTRONG's "WHAT A
WONDERFUL WORLD", officials at NASA wasted no time in putting the
Senator to work, enlisting his help in the deployment a small
communications satellite late this afternoon.
Officials also revealed that the panel that fell off Discovery yesterday
during lift off was actually a door covering one of the drag chutes that
helps the shuttle slow down after it lands.
Jeff Bantle/ Mission Operations: NO IMPACT ON ORBIT OR RE-ENTRY. WE SIMPLY WON'T USE THE DRAG CHUTE.
Virtually every day of Discovery's nearly nine-day mission will be
filled with new experiences for Glenn, but today the crew paused to
relive a moment from his past.
As it did during his historic 1962 flight, the city of Perth, Australia
turned on all the lights to honor the world's oldest astronaut.
John Glenn, Payload Specialist
Mother Nature provided her own light show 350 miles above the earth with
a spectacular thunderstorm - as a backdrop to the John Glenn's first
full day in space.
From the moment NASA announced he would be
returning to space, John Glenn has said his greatest concedrn would be
his ability to correctly perform his experiements and assist the crew.
If today's performance is any indicationm, in 8 days the Senator should
no problem saying, mission accomplished. MM, CBS News, Johnson Space Center.)
Halloween is just a day away, but if you want to get the fun started on the right track... Patrick Evans has the place for you.
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Coming up in Sports, Mike Stevens will have the qualifying results from the ROCK.
In Health Check
we'll tell you why a dietitian is telling parents they have little to fear in their children's halloween sacks.
The Food and Drug Administration says a margarine manufacturer may be breaking the law.
McNeil Consumer Products planned to market it's Benecol margarine as a dietary supplement that helps people reduce their cholesterol levels.
The F-D-A says that's illegal because the margarine is clearly a food and it has not been approved for sale.
McNeil says as a dietary supplement it does not need approval.
If the company proceeds with it's plan to test market Benecol, the F-D-A says it will yank the margarine from the shelves.
Benecol contains an ingredient made from pine trees which appears to prevent the body from absorbing as much cholesterol as normal.
Today wrapped up a week's worth of drug awareness programs at local schools.
At Troutville Elementary School, children dug into cupcakes with red ribbons.
They also pinned on red ribbons to celebrate being drug-free.
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((JACOB DELP/FIRST GRADE: I JUST LIKE TO WEAR THIS BECAUSE IT MEANS WE'LL NEVER TAKE DRUGS IN ALL OUR LIFE.))
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Drug education starts in kindergarden here -- teaching youngsters to avoid drugs.
Third, fourth and fifth graders learn how to resist peer pressure.
Major Ken Smith of the Sheriff's department says these children are not too young to learn about drugs.
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((KRISTA BEIHL/FOURTH GRADE: DRUGS ARE BAD FOR YOU AND DRUGS CAN HURT YOU INSIDE AND DRUGS MAKE YOU DIE AND YOU HAVE MORE CHANCES OF DYING.))
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Other events included essay and poster contests -- and all the children stamped a banner with a thumbprint to signal their commitment against drugs.
As every child already knows Halloween is just a day away.
While the kids are excited about getting free candy, many parents are concerned about what their children are eating.
As Doctor Dave Hnida reports, they can relax.
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((IF YOU'RE HAUNTED BY THE THOUGHT OF YOUR KIDS EATING TOO MUCH CANDY THIS
ONE NIGHT OF CANDY OVERLOAD REALLY SHOULDN'T BE A PROBLEM, BUT YOU'VE
GOT TO MAKE SURE IN THE DAYS AFTER HALLOWEEN--- YOUR KIDS DON'T EAT
LEFTOVERS FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER.
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YOU KNOW-- HALLOWEEN COMES ONCE A YEAR. PARENTS SHOULD LET THEIR
CHILDREN ENJOY CANDY. YOU HAVE TO SET SOME LIMITS. PARENTS COULD PUT
SOME PIECES IN THE CHILDREN'S LUNCHBOX... THEY MIGHT GIVE THEM A FEW
GOODIES FOR DESSERT AT DINNER.
MANY PARENTS WORRY ABOUT THE SUGAR IN CANDY--- BUT IT'S A MYTH THAT
SUGAR CAUSES HYPERACTIVITY. A BIGGER CONCERN FROM A NUTRITION STANDPOINT
MAY BE THE AMOUNT OF FAT IN SOME CANDIES. SOME HAVE LITTLE OR NO FAT--
LIKE CANDY CORN, SKITTLES, SUGAR DADDYS OR STARBURST.
OF THE CHOCOLATE CANDIES: 3-MUSKETEERS, PLAM M&M, MILK DUDS AMD MILKY
WAY BARS ARE SOME WITH THE LEAST FAT.
WHILE OTHERS HAVE MORE FAT --SUCH AS: MOUNDS, PEANUT BUTTER CUPS, MR.
GOODBAR AND KIT-KATS.
THE BOTTOMLINE: CANDY BARS ARE SIMPLY NOT AS NUTITIOUS AS CARROT
STICKS--- BUT IN SMALL AMOUNTS CAN STILL BE PART OF A HEALTHY DIET.
DR. DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))
In Sports, the battle is almost over, but Mark Martin refuses to go down without a fight.
Mike Stevens has more on qualifying from the Rock.
Welcome everybody to the Friday ticker. There is whoile lot going on this weekend in and around the area.
Including a Winston Cup event, the AC Delco 400 at Rockingham.
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Dale Jarrett didn't get the pole but he gets the tough man award for qualifying third with gall stones.
Fellow Ford driver Mark Martin won the pole with a blistering lap at 156 point 502 miles an hour.
Jeff Gordon will start 9th Sunday. Here's the complete top 25.
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[SUPER=0107-6. Jeremy Mayfield//7. Ricky Rudd//8. Derrike Cope//9. Jeff Gordon//10. John Andretti//;]
[SUPER=0107-11. Jerry Nadeau//12. Todd Bodine//13. Jeff Burton//14. Ken Schrader//15. Ward Burton//;]
[SUPER=0107-16. Joe Nemechek//17. Jimmy Spencer//18. Kevin Lepage//19. Bobby Labonte//20. Michael Waltrip//;]
[SUPER=0107-21. Terry Labonte//22. Chad Little//23. Kyle Petty//24. Wally Dallenbach Jr.//25. Bobby Hamilton//;]
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One local note from the Rock for you. Phillip Morris qualified 12th for tomorrow's Busch race in his first attempt in that division.
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The Roanoke College Men's soccer team wraps up its regular season at home tomorrow.
The Maroons are 13-2 and 2 overall and 5-1 and 2 in the ODAC.
Last year the Maroons ended their season with an overtime loss in the conference tournament semifinals.
This year Coach Scott Allison says his team is taking it one game at a time.
They host Guilford tomorrow afternoon at 2.
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The Lady Maroons are already in tournament play.
This morning the W & L Generals tried to extend their season with this score by Margaret Hunter-Turner from PH.
But the Roanoke College women prevail 2-to-1 and advance in the ODAC Conference tournament.
The Lady Maroons will play Randy Mac in the championship in Lexington tomorrow afternoon at 1:30.
And finally here's the list of games coming up tonight on Friday Football Extra.
I'll see you tonight at 11:35.
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Over the years, the Mister Universe Contests has shown us the biggest and best the human body has to offer. This next story is nothing like that.
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These men are competing in the Mister Puniverse contest.
Organizers say it is a coveted title.
In an area known for its toughness, organizers describe Mr. Puniverse as the man least likely to survive a night out on the town if the going gets rough.
Last night Lance Goodin took the title.
Judges say his body had a ribcage more bony, a chest more sunken and legs more knock kneed than all the other contenders put together.
The rewards for winning the title are pretty puny as well. There are no prizes awarded.