Here's what you'll see tonight on NEWS-7 at FIVE...
Jurors hear graphic testimony in the Marv Albert sexual assault case.
A state trooper and a sheriff's deputy are killed in what was supposed to be
a routine traffic stop.
And Elton John's tribute to Diana is for sale in Virginia.
On Health Check-- an Elliston woman whose son committed suicide has some
concern about Virginia's laws regarding the mentally ill-- and the way they're
screened for hospitalization orders.
((THIS IS WHAT WE FOUND WHEN WE COME TO THE SCENE WITH TWO OFFICERS DECEASED.))
OUT Q=TWO OFFICERS DECEASED."
A gruesome scene in North Carolina- as a routine traffic stop turns into a
GRAPHIC=NEWS-7 AT FIVE
Good Evening, I'm Jean Jadhon.
A North Carolina State trooper and a Cumberland County Sheriff's deputy were
just doing their job-
Tonight they're both dead.
The two pulled a car over on Interstate 95.
Authorities say both men were shot several times with an AK-47 assault
((EARL "MOOSE" BUTLER/CUMBERLAND CO. SHERIFF: IT'S A SAD DAY THAT WE'RE LIVING
IN SUCH A SOCIETY SO VIOLENT AN OFFICER CAN JUST DO A ROUTINE STOP OR DO THE
JOB, HE SHOULDN'T FEEL THREATENED AND WIND UP BEING KILLED.))
SUPER=01-Earl "Moose" Butler/Cumberland Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=WIND UP BEING KILLED."
The suspects took off in a Toyota Camry.
Police caught up with them about 20 miles north of the murder site.
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A domestic dispute ended in the deaths of two people at the University of
A senior was killed after she was repeatedly stabbed by a man she was
reportedly living with.
Campus police shot and killed the man when he wouldn't drop his weapon.
IN Q=I RAN UNTIL
((DESMOND FLAG/WITNESS: I RAN UNTIL I WAS ABOUT 15-FEET FROM AWAY FROM THEM,
AND I WAS YELLING AT HIM TO GET OFF HER, GET OFF HER. AND THEN HE DIDN'T EVEN
ACKNOWLEDGE THE FACT THAT I WAS THERE. HE WASN'T EVEN PAYING ATTENTION TO
OUT Q=PAYING ATTENTION TO ME.
University of Michigan officials confirm the man was convicted of a domestic
assault on the woman three years ago.
The woman who accused Marv Albert took the stand today in his sexual assault
She said he threw her on the bed and forced her to perform oral sex.
She went on to say Albert bit her and called her a bad girl because she had
failed to bring a man with her so the three of them could have sex.
Defense attorneys say the woman is lying and the sex was consensual.
Jurors today also heard two tapes.
On a 9-1-1 tape, the woman sobs as she tells of being attacked by a man she
described as a longtime friend.
But the jury also heard another tape- in which a woman discusses putting
harmful stories together about Albert.
Fire destroyed a home in Roanoke this afternoon...
The blaze broke out at an apartment house in the 16-hundred block of Rorer
Avenue shortly after two.
The building is divided into four apartments-- two of those were occupied.
Neighbors next door called 911 when they saw smoke coming from the house.
Fire fighters had to wet down the home next door to stop the fire from
The fire marshal hopes to know the cause of the blaze tomorrow.
Lynchburg's Weed and Seed program is just a few days old, but police say
they're already starting to see significant results.
The city kicked things off last week by tearing down a suspected crack
Today, police announced they made 60-arrests over the weekend... on charges
ranging from drug possession to solicitation of prostitution.
IN Q=We believe that
((CAPT. EARL BURNETTE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: WE BELIEVE THAT THIS ACTION WILL MAKE
THESE NEIGHBORHOODS SAFER, IT WILL LET PEOPLE BE AWARE THAT POLICE ARE GOING TO
PATROL THESE NEIGHBORHOODS AND AGGRESSIVELY ENFORCE THE LAWS.))
SUPER=01-Capt. Earl Burnette/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=enforce the laws.
All of the arrests were made during sweeps in the Tinbridge Hill and College
Hill areas of Lynchburg.
Police hope the show of force will encourage residents to take back their
HARD MUSIC UNDER
The IRS takes center stage today on capitol hill-- Next on NEWS-7 at FIVE,
the "tax man" is under the microscope after allegations of collection quotas.
And "Candle in the Wind" is now in the states--
Many Virginians have been waiting to buy the song Elton John wrote in memory
of Princess Diana.
On Health Check-- a new drug gets government approval for the treatment of
Plus, a lesson in parenting-- and some advice on motivating your kids.
Another down- to the wire game on the grid-iron last night-
Mike has highlights in TOnight's Sports Ticker-- stay tuned.
For the next two days, picketers will greet visitors to the Roanoke offices
of Senators Robb and Warner, and Representative Bob Goodlatte.
Minority groups are protesting what they call the Roanoke Valley
delegation's alleged inaction regarding reforms of the Equal Employment
Opportunity Commission, or E-E-O-C.
SOT EEOC PROTEST TAPE TOT 10:12:17
IN Q=They know
((HENRY CRAIGHEAD/PICKETER: THEY KNOW THE THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON, GOING
WRONG, WITH THE E-E-O-C AND THEY WON'T SAY ANYTHING, BUT WHEN THEY TALK TO US,
THEY SAY THEY'RE GOING TO LOOK INTO IT, AND THAT'S THE END OF IT.))
OUT Q=end of it.
Meanwhile, the topic of racial discrimination made the agenda of last
night's city council meeting in Roanoke.
City workers have filed discrimination complaints with several federal
IN Q=It's one
((ANGELA NORMAN/CITY WORKER: IT'S ONE AND THE SAME. THE PERSONNEL MANAGER AND
THE AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OFFICER ARE ONE AND THE SAME, AND THAT'S A CONFLICT OF
SUPER=01-Angela Norman/City Worker;
OUT Q=of interest.
Roanoke Mayor David Bowers says IF the city is discriminating-- he won't
It's NOT just education.
It's also the environment.
That's what the Beyer campaign was thinking today-- putting its candidate on
the pristine James River in Richmond to try to take the talk off taxes.
IN Q=We have a profound
((LT. GOV. DON BEYER: WE HAVE A PROFOUND RESPONSIBILITY TO PRESERVE ALL THIS
FOR THE GENERATIONS TO COME AND TO MAKE RIGHT WHAT WE HAVE POLLUTED IN THE
PAST. THIS IS A FUNDAMENTAL DIFFERENCE BETWEEN JIM GILMORE AND ME. I AM
COMMITTED TO MAKING VIRGINIA THE NATION'S ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER. HE IS NOT.))
OUT Q=he is NOT.
A group called Clean Water Action endorsed Beyer at the news conference.
A spokesman for Republican Jim Gilmore says the environmentalists have
distorted Gilmore's record.
Meanwhile, the Republican Party of Virginia's trying to refocus the debate
on the competing tax cut plans.
IN Q=Public opinion
((PUBLIC OPINION WAS NOT BEING ASKED OR SOLICITED ON THE ISSUES OF ABOLISHING
THE PERSONAL PROPERTY TAX AS JIM GILMORE'S PROPOSED. WE HAVE DECIDED THAT
WE'RE GOING TO HOLD PUBLIC HEARINGS AROUND THE STATE ON OUR OWN.))
SUPER=01-Chris LaCavita/Republican Party of Virginia;
OUT Q=our own.
A Democrat-controlled commission on state taxes and budget needs will hold a
public hearing December 16th in Richmond.
The election is November 4th.
Federal tax collectors have apparently gone out of their way to pursue tax
payers- just to meet collecton quotas.
That's the finding of a six month senate investigation-
It found the taxpayers most likely audited-- were the least equipped to
((ONE OF THE MOST DISTRESSING THINGS YOU WILL LEARN FROM THIS HEARING IS THE
PREFERENCE TO AUDIT MIDDLE OR LOWER INCOME TAXPAYERS AS WELL AS MOM AND POP
((YOU CAN NOT HAVE AN ENVIRONMENT WHERE YOU EVALUATE PEOPLE ON HOW MUCH MONEY
YOU RAKE IN PER HOUR.))
SUPER=01-Sen. William Roth/Finance Committee Chairman; :00
SUPER=01-Joseph Lane/Assn. of Enrolled Agents; :11 QUICK!
OUT Q=IN PER HOUR."
The Senate Finance Committee is reviewing problems with the Internal Revenue
Senators say changes are needed- that's what the hearings are about.
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Summer might be over, but you can still play tag-- and right now Patrick's
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The putt-putt golf season may be drawing to a close, but a new feature at
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Patrick Evans has the story of a new place to play tag... laser tag that is.
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Virginia Tech plays host to Arkansas State this weekend-- Steve Mason has a
Hokie progress report, as NEWS-7 at FIVE continues.
On Health Check-- mental illness, and the concern over the fine line between
patient rights and patient safety.
Barbara Tsapel's 20-year-old son committed suicide-- she wants a change in
the way patients are screened for hospitalization.
IN Q=I hope that
((I HOPE THAT IN THE FUTURE THAT IF WE CAN CHANGE THIS LAW THAT IT WILL SAVE
ANOTHER INDIVIDUAL FROM LOSING A LOVED ONE. ))
OUT Q=a loved one.
There's more NEWS-7 at Five in a moment--but first-- a look ahead to News-7
Imagine buying a house from a Sears catalog-- 75-years later the home is
Bill Battermans' grandparents chose the house from the Sears wish book in
The lumber arrived by horse and buggy.
With no electricity, it took a summer to build, all by hand.
Inside, a treasure chest of memories.
IN Q=I enjoy it out here.
((BILL BATTERMAN/HOMEOWNER: I ENJOY IT OUT HERE. IT'S QUIET, IT'S PEACEFUL. I
LIVED IN TOWN FOR 19, 20 YEARS AND CAME BACK OUT HERE AND JUST LOVE IT. JUST
ME AND THE DOG.))
OUT Q=me and the dog
The story of Home sweet home, in about 40-minutes on News7 at Six.
Maybe Jef's death can save another life.
That's the reasoning behind an Elliston woman's fight to rewrite Virginia's
laws on the mentally ill.
Barbara Tsapel wants something done about what she considers to be a lack
of power granted to physicians.
Tsapel's frustration is motivated by pain-- her 20-year old son committed
suicide in March....just four days after he was released from the hospital,
against the orders of his doctor.
IN Q=I feel like his
SUPER=01-Barbara Tsapel/Jef's Mother; :00
OUT Q=change this law.
IN Q=I feel like
((BARBARA TSAPEL/JEF'S MOTHER: I FEEL LIKE HIS SUICIDE WAS MORE LIKE, IN MY
OPINION, A DIRECT RESULT IN A FLAW IN ONE OF OUR LAWS. ))
SUPER=01-Barbara Tsapel/Jef's Mother; :
OUT Q=of our laws.
Jef Farris had a history of depression and suicide attempts.
While a patient at Richmond's Tucker Pavilion he had drawn pictures of his
grave marker-- and had written a note about his funeral.
But the Richmond Community Services Board turned down his doctor's request
for a committment order for Jef.
So against his doctor's recommendation, he was released from the hospital.
Four days later he shot himself in the head.
IN Q=What I would
(( BARBARA TSAPEL/JEF'S MOTHER: WHAT I WOULD LIKE TO HAPPEN IS AN AMENDMENT BE
ATTACHED TO THIS LAW REQUIRING THAT EACH INDIVIDUAL FROM A COMMUNITY SERVICES
BOARD OR A CRISIS TEAM MEMBER-- WHEN THEY REVIEW A FILE, WHEN THEY TALK TO AN
INDIVIDUAL, THEY MUST ALSO REVIEW THEIR PAST HISTORY, THEIR MEDICAL RECORDS AND
FILES OF THE HOSPITALS, DOCTORS, ANY INFORMATION THAT'S AVAILABLE ON THIS
INDIVIDUAL. AND NOT JUST MAKE A DETERMINATION ON ONE INTERVIEW. ))
OUT Q=on one interview.
Tsapel believes her son's file was never even read-- she says the decision
to release him was based solely on an interview with him.
She wants the laws changed-- with an amendment called Jef's Law.
She's spent the summer trying to get that message out to the media and
IN Q=I have made
((I HAVE MADE COPIES OF A PICTURE OF JEFF, AND WRITTEN LETTERS TO OVER 100
RADIO AND TV STATIONS AND NEWSPAPERS IN VIRGINIA AND SENT TO EACH MEMBER OF THE
HOUSE OF DELEGATES THE SAME LETTER AND SAME PICTURE-- CRYING OUT FOR THEIR
HELP, TOO. TO CHANGE THIS LAW.))
OUT Q=to change this law.
It turns out, what Tsapel is asking for, isn't that much off the mark from
what state policy-makers are planning.
At the State Department of Mental Health, which oversees Community Service
Boards, one administrator told me they are in fact, trying to create a
protocol: Standard procedures for conducting screening exams such as these.
Still, some critics of the current system say they understand the
importance of patient rights-- but think patient safety must come first.
Parents play a pivotal role in their children's academic performance.
Earlier today experts offered some advice on motivating children for
IN Q=We're finding out more
((WE'RE FINDING OUT MORE AND MORE THAT THE EMOTIONAL STABILITY OF THE CHILD
PLAYS A GREAT ROLE IN WHETHER OR NOT THEY ARE SUCCESSFUL ACADEMICALLY AND THAT
ALSO PLAYS A ROLE WHETHER THEY ARE GOING TO BE SUCCESSFUL AS ADULTS.))
SUPER=01-Paula Mitchell/Columbia Lewis-Gale Medical Center;
OUT Q=successful as adults.
The Mental Health Association of the Roanoke Valley hosted its 46th annual
parent- child seminar.
Psychologist Robert Plant encouraged parents to "keep the faith" even when
a child's academic performance suffers.
IN Q=I think it's important though
((ROBERT PLANT/PSYCHOLOGIST: I THINK IT IS IMPORTANT THOUGH TO START EARLY TO
GET THOSE VALUES INSTILLED AT AN EARLY AGE AND MAYBE YOUR KID WILL WANDER A
LITTLE BIT DURING ADOLESCENCE, BUT IF THEY'RE FIRMLY ENTRENCHED THEY'LL COME
OUT Q=they'll come back.
Plant says parents should practice their own set of A- B- Cs... by giving
children Autonomy, a sense of Belonging, and a feeling of Competence.
Let's turn now to sports-- the Pittsburgh Steelers lost the game in the
final seconds last night...
And how are the Hokies handling their undefeated season? Here's Mike.
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Good afternoon everyone; welcome to your Tuesday ticker.
Virginia Tech breaks from Big East conference play this Saturday to meet
Arkansas State at Lane Stadium. Steve Mason has today's Tech gridiron notes.
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SUPER=01-Frank Beamer/Virginia Tech Head Coach; :16
SUPER=01-Anthony Lambo/Virginia Tech Defensive Tackle; :27
SUPER=01-Shayne Graham/Virginia Tech Field Goal Kicker; :43
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
This year's Monday Night Football games have proven one thing - that nothing
can be taken for granted.
For the second straight week a sure shot game winning field goal went awry in
the closing seconds.
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Last week a bad snap cost the Eagles, last night the Steelers were victimized
when the snap to holder Mike Tomczak was off line forcing kicker Norm Johnson
to just take a stab in the dark at a off center hold.
His kick was blocked and returned for a TD. Instead of winning 24-to-23, the
Steelers lost it 30-to-21.
After the game snapper Jim Sweeney took the blame.
((JIM SWEENEY/STEELERS SNAPPER:))
((TOM COUGHLIN/JAGUARS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Jim Sweeney/Steelers Long Snapper; :00
SUPER=01-Tom Coughlin/Jaguars Head Coach; :08
OUT Q=...that situation."
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Much more coming your way at six including the latest blasts from Junior and
an invitation to the Braves victory party.
Have a good night everybody.
take a break
Southwest Virginians, along with many Americans, are hitting record stores
for the release of Elton John's musical tribute to Princess Diana, "Candle
in the Wind '97."
Listeners say its more than a way to connect with the princess, it's also
re- connecting some fans to Elton John's music.
IN Q=I just think
((BETTE SAUNDERS: I JUST THINK IT'S SOMETHING I WANT TO KEEP. AND I REALLY
ENJOY ELTON JOHN, TOO. SO, OF COURSE, I WENT AND GOT ONE OF HIS OTHER C.D.'S
((PAUL CHILDERS/BLOCKBUSTER MUSIC MANAGER: THE OVERALL EXCITEMENT ON THIS
RELEASE IS PROBABLY A LITTLE BIT HIGHER CONSIDERING ALL THE TRAGIC
CIRCUMSTANCES THAT SURROUND IT, AND EVERYTHING. SO, THE PUBLIC AWARENESS IS
JUST HUGE ON THIS. ))
SUPER=07-Bette Saunders; :00
SUPER=01-Paul Childers/Blockbuster Music Manager; :09
OUT Q=just huge on this
So far, the release appears to be living up to the hype.
Blockbuster Music says a dozen people were waiting outside the Roanoke
County store when it opened this morning.
The single costs 3- 99.