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A shooting involving a Roanoke police officer draws criticism from the N-double-A-C-P.
Some Cubans in our area voice concern over the international tug of war involving a six year old.
And-- a woman in her 50's gives birth to triplets WITHOUT fertility pills.
News 7 is next.
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A Roanoke City Police Officer placed on administrative leave for shooting an unarmed suspect is back at work.... even though the incident that night is still under investigation.
It's a decision that's left the suspect's family outraged and now the Roanoke chapter of the N-double A-C-P is getting involved.
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((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE NAACP: WHY SHOULD THIS OFFICER BE PAID WHILE THIS INVESTIGATION IS STILL PENDING. THAT'S NOT RIGHT. THAT'S NOT APPROPRIATE))
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Officer W. G. Boucher (boo-SHAY)
shot 38 year old Wilbert Wesley Lewis on Patton Avenue, last month.
Police say it all started when Boucher pulled Lewis over for driving without his lights on.
Authorities say Lewis did get out of his vehicle-- but that he reached back in and would NOT show his hands.
That's when police say Boucher shot Lewis once in the abdomen.
But Martin Jeffrey says that's the officers version.
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((MARTIN JEFFREY: WE'RE GOING TO BE ASKING THE CITY TO DIRECT THE DEPARTMENT TO PUT THAT OFFICER BACK ON LEAVE, PREFERABLY WITHOUT PAY. WE'RE GOING TO ASK THE COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY TO READY HIS STAFF TO DO THEIR OWN INVESTIGATION OF THE SHOOTING))
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Lewis is at Roanoke Memorial hospital.
The N-Double-A-C-P says he lost his spleen, kidney, part of his stomach and small intestines.
A police department spokeswoman would only say that Boucher is back on the job and that he acted in self defense.
As the controversey surrounding Elian Gonzalez continues ... some Cubans in our area believe the boy should be returned to his father.
Joy Sutton has the story.
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(( It was just five years ago that Michael Angelo fled from Cuba -- traveling on a raft -- across the Atlantic Ocean -- risking his life in search of a better future.
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((MICHAEL ANGELO:IT TOOK ME ALMOST 3 DAYS, FOUR DAY IN THE WATER. WE HAD NO FOOD. AS SOON AS WE SAW THE UNITED STATES COAST GUARD THAT WAS LIKE THE BIG BREAK LIKE GOD WE MADE IT))
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Angelo and his friend Reimundo Fonseca say they were the lucky ones --just like six year Elian Gonzalez who survived the trip in November.
But unlike many Cuban Americans in Miami who are protesting the INS' decision to send Elian back to his father in Cuba -- Angelo and Fonseca feel he SHOULD be sent back.
They say he isn't old enough to make the decision to stay -- and his father in Cuba has the right to make that decision for him.
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((MICHAEL ANGELO: I THINK THEY ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING TO SEND HIM BACK TO HIS FATHER BUT AT THE SAME TIME WHY THE U.S DON'T GRANT HIM PERMANENT RESIDENCE))
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Angelo says if Elian was given permanent residency in the United States -- he could return without any complications when he is older and can make a decision for himself.
That way if he decided to come back to the US he wouldn't have to make the dangerous trip across the Atlantic Ocean again.
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((MICHAEL ANGELO: WHEN HE GROW UP HE'S GOING TO DO THE SAME THING. HE'S GOING TO BUILD A RAFT. HE'S GOING TO PUT IT ON THE OCEAN. AND HE'S GOING TO DO THE SAME THING AND HE MIGHT DIE ))
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But only time will tell the future of little Elian Gonzalez -- whether he'll remain in the US or be returned to his homeland.
Joy Sutton, News7, Roanoke.))
President Clinton was once again involved in peace talks between Israel and Syria.
He and committee members met today in West Virginia on all the key issues.
And State Department spokesman James Rubin says the two sides have
responded positively to a statement presented Friday by the U-S.
That document is a summary of points of accord and discord, and
Rubin says it could become the basis for an eventual quote "core
But it appears the talks will wrap up, this week, without a tentative
agreement on a land-for-peace treaty.
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Physicians at one Lewis Gale satellite clinic want to assure their patients they are NOT resigning.
Doctor John Milton Miller and Doctor Stephen Couture (Koo-Chur) both practice at Clear Brook Internal Medicine on Indian Grave Road.
The two physicians say they don't want their patients to worry -- that they are NOT one of several physicians who're planning to leave.
A Lewis Gale Clinic spokesperson says several physicians have resigned over the last couple of weeks, from various clinics, but would NOT confirm the reason why or just how many were leaving.
The former head of one of Virginia's most troubled agencies says he wasn't getting the support he needed from Governor Gilmore.
Gerald Glenn tearfully resigned as director of the state Department of Juvenile Justice in November.
At the time, Glenn was under fire by the Governor's own appointed board for a controversial discipline technique to be used on juvenile inmates.
Glenn now says he left his 92- thousand dollar a year job because he had problems with the department's policy board and didn't feel he got any help from Gilmore.
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More question marks than ever are hanging over fifth district Congressman Virgil Goode.
On Friday-- the democrat did NOT attend a key District fund raising dinner.
Goode and his party have been at odds since last year, when he voted to impeach President Clinton.
Goode has also drawn criticism from democrats by speaking to a Republican group in April... and by attending a fund-raiser for former governor George Allen last month.
All of this has prompted renewed speculation that Goode will join the G-O-P, but Goode isn't saying.
Still to come on News 7, not all viewers were on a Hokie High this week.
And the US Postal Service may be stamping out current prices sooner than expected.
Last week, Tultex laid off even more workers.
Back in 1965, another Virginia plant faced financial problems.
The Canfield Company in Iron Gate had not seen a profit in 10 years and if things didn't change, the company would move.
Keith Humphry has more in this week's Virginia Newsreel.
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[Feedback, January 9]
Sugar Bowl coverage and New Year's Eve programming were the main topics in our viewer mail this week.
Assignment Editor Joe McKean has News-7's Feedback.
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(( Virginia Tech playing Florida State for a national title dominated news and sports over the last few weeks.
But a couple of viewers kicked us around for giving a football game so much attention.
"Day after day I just cannot believe that Virginia Tech can possibly be the top story of the day, wrote a viewer from Roanoke [David Jenkins]. How can a college football game be more important than, say, peace in the middle east? All I can tell you is this, I do not believe your station is based in Blacksburg, so report the news, not a sports story."
And a man from Bath County [John Bogan] commented:
"I sure was glad to hear that Tech lost the football game. Maybe now we can hear about some other team...It made me sick to even think that a school like Tech could even have the chance to win a national championship. This is a school that should not play sports. There should not even be a Virginia Tech. It is a black spot on Virginia. Virginia should be grateful that we are not embarrassed to have Virginia Tech as a national champ."
As Virginia joined the rest of the world in welcoming the year 2000 on New Year's Eve, News-7 extended the late news past midnight, pre-empting CBS programming.
That brought this response from a Blacksburg viewer [Gene Gardner]:
"But I wonder how many of your viewers were more interested in watching a reporter try out an ATM machine than seeing the complete show from Washington, DC?
All week we heard about the CBS special, with a film by Steven Spielberg and some of the most impressive fireworks in the world around the Washington Monument. What did we see? A bunch of bored people sitting around local government Y2K centers.
I was able to see the fireworks courtesy of ABC news, but I assume southwest Virginia will never have an opportunity to see the Spielberg film. If you weren't going to stay for the whole CBS special, you should have let viewers know."
The new year may have arrived, but we still have the same addresses.
For letters, it's P.O. Box 7, Roanoke, 24022-0007.
For faxes, the number is 343-7269.
Our e-mail is email@example.com.
And take a look at our moderated on-line forum, at wdbj7.com.
Joe McKean, News-7.))
The cost of mailing a letter may be going up again.
U-S Postal Service officials say they will not raise the price of a stamp this year... because of a 363 million dollar profit in 1999.
Officials say the process of raising the cost of a stamp takes at least ten months because the Postal Service must get permission from the Postal Rate Commission first.
So far... no word yet on how much the proposed increase for next year might be.
Coming up on News 7, the secret is out, singer Melissa Ethridge has announced who the father of her children is.
Plus... find out why doctors were surprised when this woman gave birth to triplets. The story coming up.
Since Deanna Gordon announced her plans to retire a year ago, the Roanoke County School Board has been hard at work searching for a new superintendent.
The educator they found, Linda Weber (WEBB-er), is now on the job.
Joe Dashiell bring us this week's Virginia Profile.
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((Linda Weber comes to Roanoke County from Staunton where she also served as superintendent, but she has experience in five other states.
She'll need it... arriving in the middle of a major school construction program, and at a time of rocky relations between members of the school board and the county board of supervisors.
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((LINDA WEBER/ROANOKE CO. SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: IT IS JUST A RIPE TIME TO TAKE A NEW LOOK, TAKE A FRESH LOOK TO SAY WHAT ARE WE DOING HERE AND DO WE WANT TO DO THINGS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY. I THINK THE TIMING IS RIGHT AND I HOPE WE'LL ALL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF IT.))
[OUT Q=take advantage of it.]
Weber says her first priorities are to listen... and to get to know the strengths and weaknesses of the school system.
But already she's hearing some recurring themes on issues ranging from school construction to the state- mandated standards of learning.
[IN Q=We need to get to the point]
((LINDA WEBER: WE NEED TO GET TO THE POINT WHERE WE CAN SEE THOSE AS A NORMAL PATTERN OF LIVING RATHER THAN SOMETHING WE HAVE TO DO IN ORDER, SO I'M GOING TO BE LOOKING AT SOME WAY TO BUILD THAT INTO OUR BELIEF SYSTEM ABOUT WHAT WE'RE DOING AND HOW WE'RE DOING FOR KIDS, SO THAT THE ANXIETY DOESN'T EXIST ON A DAY-IN DAY OUT BASIS, BUT THAT WE CAN USE IT AS A GOOD BASE FOR ACCOUNTABILITY.))
[OUT Q=good base for accountability.]
Her two daughters are grown. Her husband spends most of his time in Richmond, where he serves as treasurer of the CSX Corporation.
But Weber says they're looking forward to finding an old farmhouse in the area to renovate. And she hopes her association with Roanoke County will be a long and productive partnership.
[IN Q=I've been in Virginia]
((LINDA WEBER: I'VE BEEN IN VIRGINIA LONGER THAN I'VE LIVED IN ANY STATE SO FAR, SO I THINK THERE'S A GOOD TRACK RECORD THERE ALREADY. I WOULDN'T HAVE REALLY PICKED IT THAT WAY. I THOUGHT AS AN ADULT I WAS GOING TO BE ABLE TO SETTLE AND JUST STAY ONE PLACE ALL MY LIFE, BUT IT JUST DIDN'T WORK OUT THAT WAY. BUT I THINK IT'S BEAUTIFUL HERE AND I REALLY LIKE IT. AND I'D LOVE IT TO BE A LONG TERM HOME.))
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Joe Dashiell News 7 Roanoke County))
A 54 year old woman from Washington State is clearly in a league of her own...having given birth to triplets without fertility drugs.
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Arcelia Garcia gave birth yesterday to three healthy girls born three minutes apart.
The new mother already has eight children and 13 grandchildren.
Garcia's son is overwhelmed but very happy for his mother.
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((WE'RE VERY EXCITED WE'RE KIND OF SHAKEN RIGHT NOW ALL THE EMOTION BUT WE'RE VERY EXCITED.))
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The triplets, who are NOT identical, were delivered by Caesarian.
The mystery surrogate father of Melissa Ethridge's children is finally revealed.
David Crosby of Crosby, Stills and Nash is said to be the father according to a recent interview with Rolling Stone.
Ethridge raises the two children with partner Julie Cypher.
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The Roanoke Express got back in the win column today beating the Huntington Blizzard at the Roundhouse 4 to 1.
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These young men were getting their groove on at the Roundhouse.
The Express on the attack in the first Aaron Gates rips it from just inside the blue line and Dion Del Monte gets the rebound and fires it in the net for a 2 to nothing Roanoke lead.
Roanoke would score again this time Duane Harmer shoots a floater that finds the back of the net to make it 3 to nothing Express.
The Huntington Blizzard on the come back Jim Moss skates up the middle shoots and scores but the Express would win this one 4 to 1.
The Lady Hokies of Virginia Tech continued their Atlantic 10 play at the Cassell this afternoon.
And George Washington beats Tech 76 to 64.
Head Coach Bonnie Henrickson get together with her assistants during a time out.
Kim Seaver pulls up and hits this jumper from the baseline and the game was tied at 18 to 18.
But the Lady Colonials would take the lead and when Elisa Auguliar scores on this layup George Washington lead by three.
Tech again goes to Seaver she hits the jumper and Tech led the game by a point at the half.
But the Lady Colonials would continue to apply the pressure on offense Kristenna Alexander hits off the glass.
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Tech's Amy Wetzel would get the steal and score this layup but the Colonials hold on to beat tthe Hokies 76 to 64.
The Lady Hokies are now 9 and 5 overall and 2 and 1 in the conference.
The Tech Men's team was in Dayton taking on Oliver Purnell's Flyers.
Tech trailed by 6 at the half and the Flyers beat the Hokies 62 to 50.
Brian Chase led the Hokies with 15 and Dennis Mims added 12. Tech is 6 and 7 overall and 0 and 2 in the Atlantic 10.
Ohio State picked up a big win today beating Minnesota 71 to 63.
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Lets go straight to the action Minnesota's Joe Pryzbilla is there for the miss and put back and the Gophers would go
up by five points.
The Gophers come out on the run the next time down the floor Terence Simmons takes it in for the layup and draws the foul for the three point play.
But the Buckeyes come back Scoonie Penn takes in for 2 of his 20 points in the game.
Ohio State then gets it out on the run going to Michael Redd for the easy score and the Buckeyes win it 71 to 63.
Duke picked up its second A-C-C win of the season beating Maryland 80 to 70 and ending the Terps 14 game home win streak.
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The Maryland cheerleaders getting the crowd ready for the game.
Duke's Nate James gets the steal and he takes it in for the layup and the Blue Devils led 21 to 12.
But the Terps come right back going inside to Lonny Baxter who gets the jam to make it 26 to 18 Duke.
Maryland would cut the lead to three, 28 to 25 when Danny Miller gets the steal and jam in the first half.
But Duke would go to its experience. Chris Carrawell with the three, he scored 20 in the game.
The Blue Devils would ice the win as Carlos Boozer throws down the jam and Duke wins it 80 to 70.
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The Tiger gets the fans up for Clemson's game against Wake Forest.
But Darius Songaila gets out on the fast break for the jam to ice Wake's 67 to 53 win over the Tigers.
And now lets check the rest of the scores.
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And coming up, Minnesota advances to the second round of the N-F-C playoffs with a win over Dallas.
And Dan Marino has at least one more game left after leading Miami over Seattle and into the second round of the A-F-C playoffs.
The Cowboys season ended today at the Metrodome in Minneapolis.
Jeff George tossed three touchdown passes as the Vikings beat the Cowboys 27 to 10 in the N-F-C playoffs.
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The owners keep a close eye on this playoff game.
With the score tied at 3 to 3, Emmitt Smith takes the pitch and goes outside scoring on the 5 yard run and Dallas led 10 to 3 in the first quarter.
Back come the Vikings. George throws the short pass to Robert Smith he takes it 26 yards to the end zone and the game was tied at 10 to 10 in the second.
The Vikings keep it in the air this time George goes deep
hitting Randy Moss on the 58 yard touchdown pass and Minnesota jumped out to the 17 to 10 lead.
Leading 20 to 10, George hits Chris Carter on this 5 yard touchdown pass play and the Vikings win it 27 to 10.
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With the victory the Vikings travel to St. Louis next weekend to take on the Rams.
J.J. Johnson's two yard touchdown run with under 5 minutes left in the game gave Miami a 20 to 17 win over Seattle.
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A shot outside the dome in Seattle.
Seahawk quarterback Jon Kitna hooks up with Sean Dawkins on this 10 yard T-D pass and Seattle took a 7 to nothing lead.
Miami comes back on the arm of Dan Marino. He throws this one yard T-D pass to Ordonde Gadsen and the game was tied at 10 to 10 in the third.
The Dolphins let up on the kickoff. Seattle's Charlie Rogers muffs it but picks it up and takes it 85 yards to the end zone for the touchdown and Seattle was back on top 17 to 10 in the third quarter.
Johnson put the game away in the fourth when he scores on the 2 yard run the dolphins win it 20 to 17.
The Dolphins advance to the second round of the A-F-C playoffs at Jacksonville next wekend.
The "Wild Wild West" was alive and kicking at the Salem Civic Center, this afternoon.
As the bulls bucked -- the riders held on --hoping to stay on longer than any of the other competitors.
It was all part of the world championship rodeo contest.
But the competition didn't stop with the bulls -- horses were also tossing off those trying to show off their skills.
Others were out to prove cattle roping is easy -- and can be done fast.