Up next on News 7, convicted murderer Louis Ceparano speaks from the Grayson County jail.
and the Northern Plains states have to dig out following a strong snow storm.
A tremendous winter storm is spinning in the upper midwest. We will feel the effects with rain and high wind tonight.
Today on health check --
Health Department officials are checking out some reported tuberculosis cases in Roanoke.
And a couple from Waynesboro is undergoing infertility treatment at a clinic in Roanoke that uses some of the latest therapy.
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((LOUIE CEPARANO: I MYSELF HIGHLY OPPOSE THE DEATH PENALTY FOR ANYONE. ))
[OUT Q=for anyone.]
Louie Ceparano speaks to NEWS 7 by phone from the Grayson County jail-- saying he's relieved Emmett Cressell, Junior did NOT get the death penalty.
Cressell was spared the death penalty last week when a Grayson County jury returned a FIRST degree murder verdict.
He had been facing execution.
Cressell was later sentenced to life in prison for helping Louie Ceparano burn "G-P" Johnson alive, in July of last year.
Ceparano testified against Cressell last week as he'd agreed to do when he signed a plea agreement earlier this year, sparing himself from the death penalty.
Ceparano admits he can't remember who killed Johnson because he'd been drinking and taking prescription drugs.
But says he could not have killed someone-- so Cressell had to be responsible.
[IN Q=I feel]
((LOUIE CEPARANO: I FEEL HE SHOULDN'T HAVE ESCAPED CAPITAL MURDER CONVICTION DUE TO THE FACT OF TESTIMONY THAT HE DID ROB G-P OF HIS WATCH BUT IF IT HAD TURNED OUT THAT HE JURY MAY HAVE FOUND CRESSELL GUILTY OF CAPITAL MURDER THEN I WOULD HAVE HOPED FOR CRESSELL THAT THEY WOULD NOT HAVE SENTENCED CRESSELL TO DEATH.))
[OUT Q=cressell to death.]
Coming up at six-- Ceparano's reaction to the Justice Department inquiry into the case.
He'll also talk about his apprehension to being sent to the state prison system as well as his desire to withdraw his plea agreement.
The fate of an accused murderer will soon be in the hands of a Pittsylvania County jury.
Quentin Lamont Stephens stands accused of shooting Delvecchio Farmer to death in October 1997.
The prosecution says the shooting happened during an attempt by several men to rob the victim of drugs and money.
Stephens took the witness stand today in his own defense.
He testified he thought the other men just wanted to buy drugs from Farmer... not kill him.
((QUENTIN STEPHENS/DEFENDANT: WE GOT CLOSE TO THE HOUSE. NOBODY SHOWED ANY MONEY.... BY THAT TIME THAT'S WHEN I STARTED SEEING THE GUNS AND THEY ASKED ME TO KNOCK ON THE DOOR AND I REFUSED.))
[OUT Q=and I refused.]
Stephens says the other men dropped him off somewhere and then went back later without him to rob and kill Farmer.
The jury is expected to reach a verdict for Stephens tonight.
Bell Atlantic is warning business customers to be on the lookout for scam artists.
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Your company should be wary of people who call and pretend to be phone company employees.
They tell you they're testing the phones.
Then they ask you to punch a few numbers to connect them to an operator.
What they're really doing is using an outside line for long-distance calls and sticking your company with the bill.
Bell Atlantic says REAL phone technicians can test phone lines without your help.
If you think you've been the victim of a scam artist, you should call Bell Atlantic or your long distance company.[5
A blast of winter weather hits the Northern Plains.
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Take a look at what folks are dealing with in Sioux Falls, South Dakota-
People are shoveling- and
Wheels are spinning-
Snow coupled with high wind made for a wintry mess- and left some power lines down.
South Dakota's Governor has closed some roads including part of Interstate 90.
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In Colorado- the wind is howling.
Plows are out trying to clear the roads- but with wind like this it won't keep the road clear for long.
The state's highway 93 is shutdown because of several accidents.
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The search for a missing girl ends sadly. We'll have that story next.
and we'll see which Sports Utility Vehicles do well in a crash course in safety.
On Health Check, the local health department says the public has NOTHING to fear after workers at a meat packing plant develop T-B.
and Patrick Evans will show us how to work out with karate.
The body of a missing 8-year old girl is found in Florida.
A 14-year old neighbor is charged with murder.
Jacksonville Police say the girl was stabbed several times shortly after she disappeared last week.
Neighbors including the boy's mother have been searching the area-
Today the teens mother called police- after apparently finding the girl's body in her son's room.
((OFFICER TURIN RESPONDED TO THE CALL. WHEN HE ENTERED THE 14 YEAR OLD'S ROOM HE SAW MADDIE'S FEET HANGING OUT OF THE BED.))
((WE HAD A FEELING SHE'D BE CLOSE TO HOME BUT WE DIDN'T KNOW WHERE BUT NOW WE KNOW SHE HAS BEEN FOUND AND IT'S REALLY TEARING ME UP INSIDE.))
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Jacksonville police say 14 year old Joshua Phillips confessed to the killing.
New results are out on Sport Utility Vehicles- and how they hold up in crash tests.
At the top of the list is the Subaru Forester-
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety tested the vehicles in a 40 mile an hour front end collision.
In the middle- the Jeep Wrangler and Suzuki Grand Vitara. They were rated acceptable.
The Kia Sportage, Honda CR-V, Jeep Cherokee and Toyota Rav4 earned just marginal scores.
The Isuzu Amigo did not fare well- earning a poor rating.
Works from Emerson Creek Pottery can be found in stores across the nation. Steve Pardon tells us about the company's humble beginnings in Bedford County.
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((In 1976 this 16 acre tract of land in Bedford county was nothing but trees and corn. A year later the trees had been made into boards and used to construct the original studio of Emerson Creek Pottery.
(1:33.00- WE CONSTRUCTED A POST AND BEAM...STARTED MAKING POTS. 1:44 (11))
22 years and about 25 thousand square feet of work space later, Pricilla Palmer over sees an operation that employs about 35 people and ships its product to every state in the union. In its infancy one of the pottery's first kilns, which palmer built herself, held about 300 pieces and ran once a week. Now the factory produces between 11 and 16 hundred pieces A DAY. But volume hasn't replaced craftsmanship.
(2:15.08- I THINK... ALL OF THAT. 2:30.22 (15))
The job of transferring designer's ideas into production reality falls on the shoulders of master mold maker Dave Perry.
(13:49-A LOT OF TIMES YOU HAVE TO THINK IN REVERSE...BE THAT WAY FOR EVER. 14:03(16))
Molds provide the consistency but its the personal touch of hand painting that creates the popularity. Tomorrow we'll look at process that turns lumps of clay into fired works of art.
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Patrick Evans is out to get some kicks today. Coming up we'll see how he is working out with karate.
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The Martial Arts are exciting, energetic ways of staying in shape, and protecting protect yourself, and the list of places to learn continues to grow.
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Patrick Evans, who will never earn his black belt, joins us from one local Karate school that continues to expand through the region.
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In Sports, Virginia Tech prepares to put the squeeze on the Orangemen.
Next on health check --
Public Health officials say suspected tuberculosis cases at a Roanoke company are NOT a health threat to the community.
And as we begin a special report on infertility, we'll see how one local couple is dealing with the emotional trials of trying to have a baby.
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((MELISSA ZELENAK/INFERTILITY PATIENT: EVERYTIME SOMEONE GOT PREGNANT, HE CAME IN THE DOOR AND TOLD ME I WAS SAD.))
[OUT Q=I was sad.]
One suspected case of tuberculosis is being investigated at a Roanoke meat packing plant.
The disease has NOT been confirmed.
Health Department officials say meat at Holbrook Enterprises is NOT contaminated.
Some workers have tested positive for the disease, but there is no danger to the public.
T-B CANNOT be spread through food.
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((DR. MOLLY RUTLEDGE/ALLEGHANY-ROANOKE CITY HEALTH DIRECTORTHE MEAT THAT IS PURCHASED AS A RESULT OF PACKAGING AT THIS PLANT IS ABSOLUTELY SAFE, IT IS A VERY WELL RUN BUSINESS.))
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TB bacteria usually grows in the lungs causing a bad cough and chest pain.
Other symptoms include fatigue, weight loss, chills, night sweats and fever.
Doctor Rutledge says TB is spread through the air from one person to another.
It can be treated with antibiotics.
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Few challenges in a family's life can compare to the emotional and physical struggles of infertility.
Tonight we'll meet a couple who knows first hand those pressures and see how they found help in Roanoke at a clinic specializing in the latest fertility treatment.
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[SUPER=01-Randy Zelenak/Husband; :18]
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Melissa, Randy and Michael Zelenak are one happy family, but just two years ago, these parents had doubts they would e
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((MELISSA ZELENAK/INFERTILITY PATIENT: THE ONE LITTLE SIMPLE THING THAT YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE TO DO AND YOU CAN'T DO IT, IT'S REALLY MORE THAN JUST BEING SAD.))
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((RANDY ZELENAK/HUSBAND: WE WENT FOR ABOUT THREE YEARS THERE AND NOTHING HAPPENED, AND WE FIGURED SOMETHING HAD TO BE UP , EVERYBODY ELSE IN THE FAMILY WOULD GET PREGNANT RIGHT AWAY, MY BROTHER HAD A KID, WE FIGURED, LAW OF AVERAGES, SOMETHING HAD TO BE WRONG.))
[OUT Q=had to be wrong]
That's when the couple decided to seek medical help from fertility specialists in Roanoke.
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((MELISSA ZELENAK/INFERTILITY PATIENT: I HAD MY HUSBAND CHECKED, THEY SAID IT WAS UNEXPLAINED, BECAUSE I WAS OVULATING LIKE I WAS SUPPOSED TO, BUT NOTHING WAS HAPPENING, SO WE COULDN'T UNDERSTAND IT.))
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((DR. ROBERT SLACKMAN/INFERTILITY & REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGIST: WE ALSO SEE WOMEN IN THEIR 20S EARLY 30S WHO ALSO HAVE UNEXPLAINED INFERTILITY, EVERYTHING WE LOOK AT IS NORMAL, SPERM COUNTS NORMAL, THE FALLOPIAN TUBES ARE NORMAL, AND FOR THOSE PEOPLE, WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO HELP THEM QUITE A BIT BY GIVING THEM MEDICATION TO MAKE MANY EGGS GROW IN THE OVARIES AND THEN THEY CAN HAVE INTERCOURSE AT HOME SO IT'S NOT LIKE YOU HAVE TO GO THROUGH IN VITRO FERTILIZATION AND WE HAVE HAD A LOT OF SUCCESS WITH THAT.))
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Fortunately Melissa's problem didn't require surgery.
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((DR. JAMES HOLMAN/INFERTILITY & REPRODUCTIVE ENDOCRINOLOGIST: SHE HAS A PROBLEM WITH OVULATION, WHICH IS THE SECOND MOST COMMON PROBLEM IN FEMALES AND WE HAD TO GO THROUGH A NUMBER OF DIFFERENT TYPES OF FERTILITY DRUGS THAT SHE TOOK, IN FACT SHE HAD AN OVARIAN CYST AND REQUIRED SURGERY AT ONE TIME.))
[OUT Q=at one time.]
That was just the beginning -- Melissa had emergency surgery to have one of her ovaries removed after it had become twisted.
That was a blessing in disguise.
One month later --
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((MELISSA ZELENAK/INFERTILITY PATIENT: I TOOK A HOME PREGNANCY TEST AND IT WAS POSITIVE, I'D TAKEN THEM BEFORE AND IT WAS ALWAYS NEGATIVE, OF COURSE, SO I TOOK THIS AND SAID THERE'S NO WAY, SO I WENT TO THE DRUG STORE AND GOT ANOTHER ONE, A DIFFERENT KIND, JUST TO MAKE SURE AND IT WAS POSITIVE, AND I TOLD RANDY, I NEED TO DO ONE MORE, HE SAID NO HONEY I THINK YOU REALLY ARE PREGNANT.))
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Tonight at 11 infertility specialists in Roanoke talk about yet another obstacle facing infertile couples -- the expense of treatments.
And tomorrow at 5, we'll see how the Zelenak's are preparing for baby number two.
In Sports, Can Virginia Tech get past the Orangeman?
Mike Stevens is here to tell us what the Hokies think.[S5-Tech]
Welcome folks to the Tuesday ticker and Jean Jadhon's favorite week of the year, Syracuse week for the Hokies.
As Jean knows all too well from attending past games in this series at Lane Stadium, the home team has had the advantage in this battle.
But Roy Stanley says the Hokies are determined to change that this season.
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((The last time the Hokies won in the carrer dome was 1986 and Bill Dooley was the teams head coach.
But Tech has had a week off to prepare for the game that could determine the Big East Champion. And the Two weeks ago Tech beat West Virginia, A team the Orangemen lost to last Saturday.))
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((LOREN JOHNSON/VIRGINIA TECH CORNERBACK:))
((LORENZO FERGUSON/VIRGINIA TECH LINEBACKER:))
VMI shocked a number of folks yesterday when the school fired head football coach Ted Cain with just one game left in the season.
Athletic director Donny White says while the timing is a little weird for everyone, the immediate move was a necessity.
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[OUT Q=...EXECUTE IT NOW."]
More from White is coming up at six along with a look at the first presedential candiate for the 2000 election.
Take care everybody.
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There's been a lot of uncertainty around Virginia's fledgling parimutuel horse racing industry.
But now, they've brought in a psychic.
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NEWS 7 first introduced viewers to Bill Northern in July.
Today, Colonial Downs had him in to generate a little interest in the field for this Saturday's Breeders Crown harness racing finals.
Nothern even showed us how he can "hear" a horse thousands of miles away with the aid of a model.
The secret's in his pendulum-- and his third eye.
[IN Q=So it]
((BILL NORTHERN: SO IT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH THE RECEPTION THAT YOU'RE GETTING COMING FROM THE SOLAR PLEXUS OR FROM THE THIRD EYE. YOU ACTUALLY GET SO WHEN YOU DO THESE, FOR SOME REASON I JUST SEE THAT HORSE.))
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[OUT Q=that horse.]
He "talked to" the horse through the model -- we then went out and spoke with his trainer.
((YOU'RE COMING TO IT RIGHT NOW...OH, RIGHT THERE. intake of breath ))
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Of course, skeptics abound.
But if it makes a difference in a 400- thousand dollar purse on race day, you may want to hear it straight from the horse's mouth.