Coming up next on News 7, a Montgomery County teenager is electrocuted while mowing the lawn.
A Roanoke bank is becoming very popular with robbers.
And area Marine and Naval reservists keep in touch--literally--with the local community.
Light to moderate showers around the area today. Clouds but a lesser chance of rain tomorrow.
In medical news, many of us are spending more time outdoors now--experts say it's important to be informed about ticks and the diseases they carry.
And the struggles of premature babies and their parents. We'll meet one Roanoke family that's been through the ordeal twice.
((SPECIFICALLY HE WAS DRUG BEIND A TRUCK, REAL BRUTAL, REAL SERIOUS. HIS BODY CAME APART.))
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A Jasper Texas D-A describes the murder of a black man- Tonight three ex-cons with ties to White supremicist groups are under arrest.
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Good Evening. I'm Jean Jadhon.
Police say the victim was picked up while walking along a road-
They say the suspects chained him to a pickup truck and dragged him for miles on Sunday. 49 year old James Byrd Junior died from multiple trauma wounds-
((HE WAS NOT ACTUALLY IN THE WRONG PLACE. HE WAS IN THE RIGHT PLACE HERE AT HOME BUT AT THE WRONG TIME WHEN SOMEONE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE I GUESS HE WAS JUST RANDOMLY SELECTED.))
[SUPER=01-Clara Taylor/Victim's Sister;]
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The Jasper county Sheriff says the three suspects were members of the Aryan nation and Ku Klux Klan when they were in prison before.
((WE HAVE TALKED TO ONE OF THEM HE HAS INDICATED THERE IS A POSSIBLITY THAT IT WAS RACIALLY MOTIVATED.))
[SUPER=01-Billy Rowles/Jasper Co. Sheriff;]
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Because of the alleged motive, the federal government is also considering charges against the suspects.
A 16- year old Montgomery County boy was electrocuted this morning.
Robert Earl Tuell (Tool) was found dead in his back yard on Five Points Road in Riner.
Sheriff's deputies believe Tuell was mowing the lawn and stopped to move a piece of metal pipe, when he struck an ov
erhead power line.[5-Lee]
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Testimony today in federal court from the Roanoke police officer who used a "choke hold" to bring down an assault suspect who was resisting arrest.
Officer Jim Donaldson says he wasn't trained to use a "choke hold," and had never used one before.
Having served three years on the force at the time of the incident in 1993, Donaldson testified he's seen other officers use it successfully.
In this instance the suspect Eric Scott Lee died.
The federal jury of five women and two men will hear additional testimony tomorrow--the panel will eventually decide whether Donaldson applied excessive force and is liable for damages.
President Clinton's friend Vernon Jordan testified for a fifth and last time today before the grand jury investigating the Monica Lewinsky case.
Special Prosecutor Ken Starr wants to know if Jordan encouraged the former White House intern to lie about an alleged sexual relationship with Clinton.
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((VERNON JORDAN/CLINTON FRIEND: I HELPED HER GET A JOB. I HAD ASSURACNES THERE WAS NO SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP AND I DID NOT TELL HER TO LIE. THAT WAS THE TRUTH THEN. THAT IS THE TRUTH TODAY.))
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Meanwhile Monica Lewinsky is all over the pages of Vanity Fair magazine- and her legal team is not happy about it.
The photo shoot was approved by her former Attorney William Ginsburg- who thought it would boost her spirits.
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A Roanoke bank is a favorite for robbers--it was hit today, the second time in less than a month. That story is coming up on News 7 at Five.
And area Marine and Navy reservists spread a little good will--
tackling some community projects.
On Healthcheck, one local hospital throws a special "birthday" party--for premature babies and their parents.
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Also a new home for a homegrown bakery.
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Patrick Evans joins us from the new location for "On The Rise", coming up in just a bit.
The search goes on in Haysville, Texas for several grain elevator workers-
missing since an explosion yesterday.
Rescue workers are carefully shoring up tunnels while they search for
four workers trapped after the blast.
Officials believe the workers are buried 800 feet down a tunnel.
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((WE'RE STILL AS A GROUP THE RESCUE TEAM, ALL MEMBERS OF THE STAFF STILL BELIEVE WE'RE GONNA FIND THEM AND FIND THEM ALIVE.l ))
[SUPER=01-Dep. Chief Curtis Wilson/Sedgwick Co. Fire Dept.]
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Two people died in the explosion and 11 others were hurt-
Flammable grain dust apparently damaged the elevator causing the explosion.
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Police say the man who robbed a Roanoke bank this morning is the same man who robbed the same bank last month.
The man charged with both robberies is identified as Daniel Alfonzo Cotton.
It all happened at the NationsBank on 22nd and Melrose Avenue.
The bank Cotton allegedly robbed has been hit four times in the last three years.
Police wouldn't say how much money was stolen this time.
And police don't know what makes this bank such a popular target.
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((LT. WILLIAM BEASON: WE DON'T HAVE ANYTHING TO INDICATE THAT THE LOCATION HAS ANYTHING TO DO WITH IT. IT MAY JUST BE A COINCIDENCE.))
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Some of the bank's customers said these robberies are developing into a disturbing pattern.
But police said there's no reason to be concerned about the bank's safety.
Police point out that no one has been hurt during the robberies.
And money inside the bank is federally insured.
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Advocates for the elderly in the Roanoke Valley want to continue a tradition.
The Mary Louise Home first opened in 19-26, providing shelter for needy senior citizens. The home's last resident died in 1997 at the age of 95.
The Foundation for Roanoke Valley wants to keep the work of the Mary Louise Home alive--
it has established a fund that will contribute to three agencies that help the elderly.
The League of Older Americans will receive 75 thousand dollars, which will pay for a breakfast program for some 80 thousand area seniors.
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((SUSAN WILLIAMS/LEAGUE OF OLDER AMERICANS; THAT'S A REAL BOOST TO OUR PROGRAM BECUASE ONE OF THE THINGS WE KNOW IS THAT WITH POOR NUTRITION PEOPLE END UP IN THE HOSPITAL AND OTHER INSTITUTIONS MUCH SOONER THAN WITH GOOD NUTRITION))
[SUPER=01-Susan Williams/League of Older Americans]
[OUT Q= with good nutrition]
The grants from the Foundation for the Roanoke Valley will be awarded yearly.
There's a new location for an old favorite--one of Roanoke's hometown bakeries.
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On the Rise Bakery has been a staple on Campbell Avenue for years, but no longer.
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No, the Bakery isn't closing, it's moving to a brand new location, but as Patrick Evans explains, you won't have to travel far.
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The Special Olympics torch made a stop in southwest Virginia today, on its to Richmond. Steve Mason has that story and more coming up in sports.
In tonight's health check report --
Modern medicine is increasing the survival rates of premature babies.
And the neonatal intensive care unit at Roanoke's Community Hospital is celebrating these early deliveries.
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((DR. ROBERT ALLEN/NEONATOLOGIST:MORE AND MORE WE'RE SEEING BABIES THAT ARE YOUNGER AND YOUNGER SMALLER AND SMALLER UP TO 24 WEEKS AND AT 24 WEEKS THAT IS 16 WEEKS EARLY. FULL TERM IS 40 WEEKS.))
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Good afternoon I'm Keith Humphry, here's one of the stories we're working on for News 7 at Six.
Rural Craig County has won 340-thousand-dollars to liven up downtown New Castle.
That means recruiting new businesses and putting a fresh face on the existing ones.
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((WE'RE NOT GOING TO HAVE A WALMART BUT SOMETHING THAT WOULD BENEFIT OUR CITIZENS. WE DON'T HAVE A CLOTHING SOTRE OR A
SHOE STORE OR THINGS LIKE THAT. SO THOSE WOULD BE SOMETHING WE'RE INTERESTED IN.))
[SUPER=01-Stephen Carter/Craig Co. Administrator;]
[OUT Q=interested in]
Tina Tenret takes us through New Castle, to meet people who will be helped -- and hurt -- as this tiny town changes.
That story and more, tonight on News7 at Six.
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But some babies born at Roanoke Community Hospital are surviving problems like breathing difficulties and central nervous system infections and even celebrating how far they've come.
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[SUPER=01-Amy Mutter/Tristan's Mother; :16]
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((A full term pregnancy is 40 weeks, Tristan came 9 weeks early.
His older brother Cameron was also a preemie, so the family was familiar with complications, but still not prepared.
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((AMY MUTTER/TRISTAN'S MOTHER:WITH TRISTAN IT WAS A LIFE AND DEATH EXPERIENCE WE HAD TO WELL THERE WAS A LOT OF PRAYERS OUT THERE, AT ONE POINT WE DIDN'T KNOW WHETHER HE WAS GOING TO MAKE IT OR NOT.))
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((DR. ROBERT ALLEN/NEONATOLOGIST:TRISTAN HAD DIFFICULTY WITH A VERY SEVERE LIFE THREATENING INFECTION CALLED NEONATAL MENINGITIS, BACTERIA IN THE CENTRAL NERVOUS SYSTEM IN THE MEMBRANES OVERLYING THE BRAIN AND HAS A COMPLICATION FROM THAT, DEAFNESS.))
Tristan has hearing aids and is developing speech as well as a full term baby would.
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((AMY MUTTER/TRISTAN'S MOTHER:HE'S SAYING MAMA, HE'S SAYING BUBBLE, POP, POP, POP.))
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Although he's not saying much now, he's tired after having to go back in the hospital to have a shunt tube replaced, which filters out excess fluid in his brain.
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((AMY MUTTER/TRISTAN'S MOTHER:HE JUST STARTED GETTING SICK AND THROWING UP AND WE BROUGHT HIM IN SUNDAY MORNING...THEY DID THE SURGERY YESTERDAY AND HE'S DOING GREAT.))
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Just a few days earlier he was celebrating along with other preemies.
It's hard to believe these children were born very sick, some on life support, weighing only one pound.
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((AMY MUTTER/TRISTAN'S MOTHER:IT WAS JUST NICE PEOPLE AND SEEING HOW THE BABIES HAVE GROWN AND THEY JUST LOOK SO MUCH BETTER NOW THAN THEY DID WHEN THEY WERE IN THE HOSPITAL. AND TO SEE PEOPLE WITH GENUINE SMILES ON THEIR FACE LIKE EVERYTHING'S OKAY NOW.))
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Doctor Allen says the birthday party is a morale booster for the families and the hospital staff.
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Researchers at the University of Maryland are encouraged by their latest cancer research.
They say a compound found in rice, wheat and soybeans can stop
cancer tumors from growing-- and even shrink them.
According to their study, the compound--known as I-P Six--successfully
reduced tumors in mice.
But there is no conclusive evidence that it works the same way in
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This is the time of year when many of us enjoy being outdoors.
But with activities like hiking, one should be aware of the danger of ticks.
And it's not only Lyme Disease you need to think about when it comes to ticks.
In some parts of the country, diseases such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever or Tick Fever are not only as common- but just as deadly.
Go for a walk in the woods or weeds and you've got to think about
ticks. They love to hide in grass and brush- but can be found in any
type of vegetation.
And even though ticks are small- they can cause big problems-- so the
best medicine is preventive medicine- keep those ticks from taking hold
in the first place.
Here's what the experts advise:
Start with long pants- long sleeves- maybe even a cap.
Insect repellent is a good idea- but spray it on your clothes not on
your bare skin.
After you've been outside for awhile- check your skin.
Think small- a baby tick is only the size of a poppy seed.
Now what should you do if you find a tick? Experts say DON'T use gasoline or kerosene to try and kill it--instead use tweezers. Grasp the tick as close to the skin as possible
and pull straight out--careful not to twist, turn or squeeze.
It's important to note in most cases, for a tick to spread disease, it needs to be on your skin for at least 24 hours.
But if you develop flu like symptoms or a rash, play it
safe and see your doctor.
In sports, the Stanley Cup finals get underway tonight.
while the special Olympics torch is making its way across the Commonwealth. Steve Mason has more in the Two Minute T
Good afternoon everyone, welcome to your two minute ticker. lets begin on the hard water
where the Stanley Cup finals begin in just a few hours. The captials will we be trying to knock off the defending champion Red Wings.
Detroit pacticed today at Joe Louis Arena in preparation for tonights face off. Much has been made of the fact the captials are making the franchise's first ever championship appearance, while competing for the cup is old hat for the Red Wings, whose coach is chasing his 8th Stanley Cup. But the underdog theme doesn't hold water in the motor City.
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[SUPER=01-Scottie Bowman/Detroit Head Coach; :00]
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Speaking of Michigan, that's where Chicago Bulls forward dennis Rodman was last night. he skipped the Bulls practice yesterday to attend the Monday night NWO wrestling festiveties. He was fined 10 grand by the NBA. Game four of the NBA finals is tomorrow night.
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It wasn't a run for the gold or even glory.
Area law enforcement officers were on the run for Special Olympics Virginia.
Some of these men and women started running, this morning, in Christiansburg.
This leg of the symbolic torch run ended at Longwood Park in Salem.
Local officers have raise about 40-thousand dollars for the state chapter of Special Olympics International.
Officers are relaying The Torch of Courage more than 19-hundred miles across the state.
It arrives in Richmond this Friday.
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((R.D. BROOKSHIRE/SALEM POLICE DEPT: IT'S KIND OF A COMERADERI THING. YOU GET TO MEET PEOPLE FROM OTHER DEPARTMENTS AND WE ALL GET BEHIND THE COMMON EFFORT AS FAR AS SUPPORTING SPECIAL OLYMPICS.))
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State wide law officers have raise 400-thousand dollars.
More than 12-hundred Virginia athletes with mental disabilities will compete in the Special Olympics summer games this weekend in Richmond. Thats it's for the ticker, see ya at six.
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Instead of traveling to another state, local Marine and Naval reservists have been spending their required 2 week duty period in their own back yard. And they aren't the only ones who will benefit from the training. Steve Pardon explains.
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((This probably isn't what you envision when you think of military training exercises but it's what's been going on at Camp Roanoke for the past week and a half. The Navy SeeBees are practically rebuilding each cabin from the ground up as part of their reserve duty.
((PO1. Gary Brant/US Navy IT CREATES A LOT OF GOOD WILL AND WE BELIEVE IN THE PURPOSE OF THIS CAMP ALSO THIS IS A CAMP THAT WILL BE OF GREAT BENEFIT TO THE CHILDREN OF THIS AREA AS WELL AS ADULTS.))
And the SeeBees are benefitting from the construction experience. One of their missions in war time is to act as an advance team to set up support structures for Marine landing parties. So where are the Marine Reserves?
Right down the hill clearing land to put in a new parking lot for the camp. It may not fit the "Weekend Warrior " stereotype but it does enhance skills used on the battle field.
((Capt. Peter Finan/U.S.M.C. I'VE TOLD MY MARINES INSTEAD OF THINKING OF THIS AS PUTTING IN A PARKING LOT, THINK OF THIS AS CLEARING AN AREA FOR A HELICOPTER LANDING ZONE...AND THAT IS A REALISTIC THING THAT WE MIGHT DO IN A FOREIGN LAND.))
Camp Roanoke isn't the only place getting a face lift. The Marines have also set up a base camp deep in the jungle of the land they call "Craigcountia", other wise known as Jefferson National Forest. Their mission...
To clear blocked roadways. Ensuring a secure supply route. Their targets are actually dangerous rock outcroppings that the parks service needs to get rid of.
((Staff Sgt. Scott Richmond/U.S.M.C: IT'S GOING TO SAVE SOME MONEY THAT THE TAX PAYERS WON'T HAVE TO SPEND BECAUSE THE MARINES ARE DOING IT AS TRAINING AND THE FOREST SERVICE IS REAPING THE BENEFITS AS ARE THE LOCAL COMMUNITIES.))
A combination that tax paying residents of any country can appreciate.
Steve Pardon, News 7.))