Up next on News 7 at Five-
The site of a fatal fire is condemned.
We'll find out if officials will bring action against the landlord.
Authorities are looking for a pregnant ten year old who's run away.
Plus a new airline is taking off in Roanoke- and it means getting to the
Big Apple non-stop.
A slow moving front brings more rain to the region later tonight.
Flood watches are up for southwest Virginia. Details just ahead.
And on Health Check-- suicide among the elderly is on the rise.
We'll have a report on the depression that's often behind it.
IN Q=With loss, with
((WITH LOSS, WITH ISOLATION, WITH PLACEMENT IN A NURSING HOME THERE ARE HIGHER
RATES OF DEPRESSION ))
OUT Q=of depression.
Roanoke City says it does NOT plan to cite the owner of the house after a
fire that killed four children and their grandmother over the weekend.
SS=news-7 at five
Good Evening this is NEWS-7 at FIVE, I'm Jean Jadhon.
Roanoke building officials have condemned the home on Stewart Avenue where
five people died on Saturday night.
But they say they do NOT plan to bring action against the landlord for
failing to install smoke detectors.
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Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom tonight with that story.
Jean, the city code requires landlords to install smoke detectors in rental
But building officials say there was no history of violations or complaints
with the property on Stewart Avenue.
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SUPER=03-Roanoke/Saturday Night; :00
SUPER=01-Ron Miller/Roanoke Building Commissioner; :14
OUT Q=five burial plots.
((City officials have sent a notice to the owners to clean up and board up
Major renovations will be required before anyone else can move into the
But at this time, building commissioner Ron Miller says he does not plan to
cite the landlord.
IN Q=Normally we go out
((RON MILLER/ROANOKE BUILDING COMMISSIONER: NORMALLY WE GO OUT AND CITE
VIOLATIONS. THESE PEOPLE HAD NOT BEEN CITED BEFORE THE FIRE, SO AS TRAGIC AS IT
IS, AND IT'S VERY UNFORTUNATE, IT'S NOT THE WAY WE DO BUSINESS TO, YOU KNOW,
BACK UP AND GO CITING PEOPLE FOR THINGS.))
OUT Q=citing people for things.
Four children and their grandmother died in the fire that started with an
extension cord attached to a space heater
Meanwhile, the American Red Cross and at least two local churches have been
collecting donations for the family... including an offer of five burial
The family has now finalized funeral arrangements.
double boxes jean/joe
Jean, the service will be held Thursday at 2pm at Belmont Baptist Church
in Southeast Roanoke, with burial to follow at Evergreen Burial Park.
(questions: joe, does the city have any plans to step up inspections of rental
A Roanoke judge convicted Thomas Arthur Burton of first- degree murder late
At the end of a one-day trial, Judge Clifford Weckstein rejected the
defendant's denials and found him guilty as charged.
SUPER=03-Roanoke; :00 quick
Authorities named Burton the trigger man in last year's robbery and murder
of Randall Carter.
Burton told the judge that he'd been with the other two men implicated in
the crime that night, but they had dropped him off and Burton said he had
nothing to do with it.
IN Q=Do you know
((DO YOU KNOW RANDY CARTER? NO SIR. HAVE YOU EVER MET RANDY CARTER. NO SIR.
HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF RANDY CARTER? WAS THERE ANY DUSCUSSION WITH YOU THAT
NIGHT INVOLVING RANDY CARTER? NO SIR. DID YOU ROB RANDY CARTER? NO SIR. DID
YOU SHOOT RANDY CARTER. NO SIR, I DID NOT.))
SUPER=02-John McGarvey/Burton's Attorney
SUPER=01-Thomas Arthur Burton/Defendant
OUT Q=I did not.
Burton's co-defendant in the case, Michael Houser has yet to be tried, but
he may get a break, in exchange for testifying against Burton.
A 17 year- old Wythe County boy who died after a fight during a party last
Thursday night was still alive when he was dumped over a creek bank.
Today an autopsy determined Ricky Lee Coleman died from cold exposure.
Authorities recovered Coleman's body from the creek bank along route 618
early Sunday morning.
Three people are charged with his abduction and murder, 19 year- old Jason
Hibbs, 20 year- old Eric Ball and a 17 year- old who is charged as a juvenile.
Houston Police are asking for the public's help trying to find a runaway
who's eight and half months pregnant.
The girl is TEN years old-- and authorities fear she may give birth while
on the run.
Cindy Garcia apparently posed as a 14-year old applying for welfare
Authorities moved her to an emergency children's shelter, but Garcia ran
IN Q=the little girl
((MICHAEL BAGENT/JUVENILE OFFICER: THE LITTLE GIRL ASKED THE SUPERVISOR IF SHE
COULD GO TO THE RESTROOM, THE SUPERVISOR SAID SURE, NOT A PROBLEM, AND THAT WAS
THE LAST TIME THEY SAW HER.))
SUPER=01-Michael Bagent/Juvenile Officer;
OUT Q=they saw her.
Police think Garcia is heading to Mexico to meet up with her 22-year old
boyfriend, believed to be the baby's father.
Authorities think Garcia will have to have a Caesarean section to ensure
the safety of the newborn and the 10-year old mother.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Straight ahead on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- President Clinton gears up for tonight's
state of the union address.
Is global warming to blame for the wild winter we've been experiencing?
Steve Smallshaw has a live report.
On Health Check-- more than one million Americans this year will be
diagnosed with cancer.
And, some advice for medical schools-- to downsize their student body.
Superbowl 30 is just days away--but some of the hype began today at Media
Mike has a full report-- later on NEWS-7 at FIVE-- stay with us.
President Clinton will speak to the nation tonight in his annual State of
the Union Address.
The White House says look for a lengthy, but uplifting speech- touching on
several key topics.
((MIKE MCCURRY/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN: ONE, THE GOVERNMENT SHOULD NOT BE SHUT
DOWN AGAIN AND TWO, WE NEED TO EXTEND THE DEBT CELIING CAUSE IT'S A NECESSARY
PIECE OF BUSINESS. THREE, WE CAN BALANCE THE BUDGET.))
SUPER=01-Mike McCurry/White House Spokesman;
OUT Q=we can balance the budget."
McCurry also says the president will probably talk about his wife
Hillary Rodham Clinton, but won't mention her Whitewater troubles.
Tonight's speech is at nine right here on your Hometown Station.
O-J Simpson is back in the hotseat-
He's behind closed doors giving his deposition under oath.
The questioning is for the civil suit against him.
((FRED GOLDMAN/VICTIM'S FATHER: WE'VE WAITED A LONG TIME TO HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY
TO ASK THE HARD QUESTIONS AND HAVE QUESTIONS ANSWERED UNDER OATH AND I THINK
OUT OF IT WILL COME A LOT OF VERY INTERESTING THINGS.))
SUPER=01-Fred Goldman/Victim's Father; 00
OUT Q=very interesting things."
Simpson is also set to tell his side of the story to a television anchor
He'll answer questions on Black Entertainment Television.
He turned 100- Saturday, but according to a "New York Post" article,
Comedian George Burns is near death.
The Post reports Burns is too weak to eat and there's a chance he'll be
feed intravenously before long.
The columnist says there is debate among his close friends about whether
that should be done.
Burns' manager admits Burns is weak but says he IS eating-- and adds he
hasn't seen a doctor in three weeks.
If you've been "plane" frustrated with the lack of direct flights to the New
York area, the Roanoke Regional Airport has some good news.
This morning the airport welcomed Continental Express.
Starting this month the regional carrier has three non-stop flights to its
Newark, New Jersey hub.
Continental Express will have a morning, afternoon and evening departure.
This marks the first time the airport has had direct flights to New York
since American Airlines pulled out its express service last year.
For some adults, Camp Roanoke is a blast from the past-- now the facility
is trying to make a comeback.
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stocks bump next
From severe floods last June to snowstorms this winter, weather has been a
big newsmaker in our area and across the country.
And as always when we have extraordinary storms like the recent blizzard,
people wonder why it's happening.
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Steve Smallshaw joins us from our Lynchburg newsroom...Steve, are there two
schools of thought on why we seem to be experiencing more severe storms
There sure are Jean...if you read some of the recent national publications,
you'll find that some scientists blame global warming and the greenhouse effect
for our recent spate of bad weather.
The theory is that as temperatures rise, there's more evaporation and
therefore more moisture in the air to create large snowstorms like we saw two
But state climatologist Pat Michaels says that just isn't so.
Michaels says long- term statistics don't support the theory that global
warming causes more blizzards.
IN Q=It was a
((PAT MICHAELS/STATE CLIMATOLOGIST: IT WAS A BIG STORM, BUT IT WAS LIKE THE
1962 STORM, WHICH PROVIDED ABOUT AS MUCH SNOW AS THE 1922 STORM. 1899 PROVIDED
MORE, 1772 PROVIDED MORE. WE GET OCCASIONAL VERY BIG STORMS. THEIR FREQUENCY
HASN'T INCREASED, IT HASN'T DECREASED AND THEY CAUSE A MESS.))
SUPER=01-Pat Michaels/State Climatologist; :00
OUT Q=they cause a mess.
Michaels say part of the global warming hysteria comes from the fact that
weather gets a lot more media coverage these days.
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(ad lib toss to Robin)
health music under
Stick around--- the best in high school hoops coming up in tonight's
And on Health Check--
The suicide rate is on the rise among elderly Americans.
We'll have a report on depression, and some of the reasons behind it....and
ways to get past it.
IN Q=If an otherwise
((IF AN OTHERWISE OUTGOING INDIVIDUAL STOPS GOING OUT AND STOPS FUNCTIONING AS
THEY USED TO WITH REALLY NO OTHER REASON YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT DEPRESSION.))
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Nearly one-and-a-half million Americans will learn this year that
they have cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.
That's more than one-thousand-515 people a day.
The top four cancer killers remain lung, colorectal, breast and prostate
Several hundred Amtrak train passengers are being advised to get
tuberculosis tests, after riding with a passenger who has the disease.
SUPER=03-Jacksonville, FL; :
Amtrak says the man left Chicago on Friday on the Capitol Limited to
The next day, he boarded the Silver Star to Miami.
Sunday, he was taken from the train to a Jacksonville hospital-- where's
he's now listed in fair condition.
A new study suggests medical schools should reduce their class
size-- because this country has too many doctors.
The federally-chartered "Institute of Medicine" says having more doctors
has not translated to better or cheaper care.
GRAPHIC=suicide & the elderly
The past decade has seen the rise of the right-to-die movement.
Living wills, Dr. Jack Kevorkian's assisted suicide machine-- a suicide
manual even became a best seller.
In these years, the suicide rate has risen among the elderly-- the
problem-- it's depression that's to blame, an easily treatable illness.
IN Q=If it's not
SUPER=01-Dr. David Trinkle/Roanoke Psychiatrist; :00
OUT Q=suicidal thinking.
IN Q=If it's not
((DR. DAVID TRINKLE/ROANOKE PSYCHIATRIST: IF IT'S NOT TREATED UNFORTUNATELY IN
THE ELDERLY, MORE THAN ANY OTHER AGE GROUP, IT FREQUENTLY RESULTS IN COMPLETE
SUICIDE. THE ELDERLY HAVE, ALL ALONG, EVEN THOUGH THE RATES ARE INCREASING, THE
ELDERLY HAVE ALL ALONG HAD THE HIGHEST RATE FOR ANY AGE GROUP OF COMPLETED
The problem may be that as people are living longer, it can translate into
increased physical illnesses, frailty, loss, financial hardship and isolation.
These conditions all contribute to depression.
But elderly people often won't talk about their mental condition.
IN Q=They more often
((DR. TRINKLE: THEY MORE OFTEN PRESENT A PHYSICAL SYMPTOM AND PHYSICAL DECLINE
THAT ARE SORT OF NON-SPECIFIC IN NATURE, ACHES AND PAIN, GI DISTURBANCES JUST
AN OVERALL SENSE OF NOT FEELING RIGHT., WHEN YOU SEE THAT IN AN ELDERLY PATIENT
YOU NEED TO THINK ABOUT DEPRESSION.))
OUT Q=about depression.
Often, with patients making physical complaints-- their emotional ones are
not treated-- this can further increase the cycle of hopelessness-- often a
precursor to suicide.
80-percent of aging patients who take their own lives have visited their
primary care physician within the month before the suicide.
IN Q=Actually 20%
((DR. TRINKLE: ACTUALLY 20-PERCENT OF COMPLETED SUICIDES HAVE BEEN TO THEIR
PRIMARY CARE DOCTOR WITHIN THE LAST 24 HOURS. BEFORE THE SUICIDE.))
OUT Q=before the suicide.
While physicians can easily treat depression-- it may even be triggered by
current medication-- finding ways to get the elderly out of isolation are also
IN Q=It is,
((DR. TRINKLE: IT IS, ESPECIALLY AS PEOPLE LIVE LONGER AND DON'T HAVE A
SIGNIFICANT EXTENDED FAMILY AVAILABLE IT WILL SORT OF FALL TO LOCAL
GOVERNMENTS, NEIGHBORS, FRIENDS, CHURCH GROUPS OTHER VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS TO
SORT OF REACH OUT AND KEEP AN EYE ON THE ELDERLY. IT'S FREQUENTLY THIS LACK OF
CONTACT THAT COULD PRECIPITATE DEPRESSION AND SUICIDAL THINKING.))
OUT Q=suicidal thinking.
Elderly white males over age 80 have the highest rates of all suicide
Their first attempt is usually their final attempt.
While senior citizens comprise 13-percent of the population, they account
for about 22-percent of all suicides.
What did the Steelers and Cowboys do today to prepare for Sunday's showdown?
Mike Stevens knows and has details in his chocked-filled ticker.
Good afternoon everybody and welcome to the Tuesday ticker.
The clock is ticking out in Tempe, Arizona as the countdown to Super Bowl 30
Today the hype reached a fever pitch as both teams took part in the annual
media day ritual.
SUPER=03-Tempe, AZ; :00
This will give you an idea of just how many reported and photographers are
covering the game - hundreds and hundreds of credentials have been issued for
No one attracted more attention than Deion Sanders who says he may play more
than defensive back and receiver this week.
IN Q="I mean...
((DEION SANDERS/COWBOYS CORNERBACK:))
SUPER=01-Deion Sanders/Cowboys Cornerback; :00
OUT Q=...THIS GAME."
With or without Deion at quarterback, the Cowboys remain huge favorite to
beat the Steelers, and that's something the PIttsburgh players are not upset
IN Q="Cowboys have...
((GREG LLOYD/PITTSBURGH LINEBACKER:))
SUPER=01-Greg Lloyd/Pittsburgh Linebacker; :00
OUT Q=...FOR 60 MINUTES."
The Associated Press Virginia High School basketball Poll has been
released. G.W. Danville holds the top spot in triple A, The Minutemen of
Liberty are ranked first in group 2A and the single A top spot is occupied by
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Last Night; :00
William Byrd is receiving votes in Double A. Last night; the Terriers mayo
Wilson led the Terriers with a school record 7 three pointers
His career high 27 point performance led the Terriers to a 77-62 win over
IN Q="I just
((MAYO WILSON/SCORED 27 POINTS:))
SUPER=01-Mayo Wilson/Scored 27 Points; :00
OUT Q=...they were going"
SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./Raiders vs. Eagles;
Roanoke Valley Christian is also receiving a few votes in the state poll.
Last Night the Eagles topped North Cross in a Virginia Independent Conference
contest at RVC.
The Eagles would blow it open in the second half with some good old fashion
give and go basketball. JOsh Hunt...to Mark Arbogast, back to Hunt for the
Joel Nester scored a game high 18 points to lead Roanoke Valley Christian
to the 74-48 win. RVC is now 9 and 3 on the season.
Coming up at six, More super quotes from both the Cowboys and the Steelers,
plus The Hokies improve to 12 and 1 on the season. Highlights from last night's
win in a bit, but there is still more news 7 at 5 to come.
Camp Roanoke used to be a great place for kids to go and enjoy the natural
beauty of the Valley, but the facility closed in 1985.
DOUBLE BOX JEAN/PATRICK
But as Patrick Evans reports, the camp is being refurbished, and will
hopefully be as full of life as it was when it first opened in 1925.
Patrick what's being done?
SUPER=01-Rick Showalter/Roanoke Co. Parks and Rec.;
DOUBLE BOX PATRICK/JEAN
(toss to robin)
(robin tosses to jean)
Virginia's Housing Development Authority redefines the Virginia family coming
up tonight on NEWS-7 at SIX.
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Here's Keith Humphry with a preview.
Jean, civil libertarians and gay rights groups are calling it an outrage.
In a 6- to- 2 vote today, the VHDA banned unmarried couples or groups from
getting low interest home loans from the state.
Governor George Allen appointed the majority of these board members and he
asked for the policy change to favor heterosexual families.
Supporters of the change say it will help allocate scarce resources to those
who are least likely to default on their loans.
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That's coming up in 30-minutes on NEWS 7 at SIX.
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