[Philly-Police]

[ANCHOR=Kimberly]

[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=HOLD]


The city of Philadelphia is buzzing over allegations of police brutality in the capture of a suspect.
The officers were caught on videotape as they tried to arrest a man they said was driving erratically.
Bobbi Harley has the latest.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Philadelphia, PA;]
[SUPER=01-John Street/Philadelphia Mayor;]
[SUPER=01-John Timoney/Police Commissioner;]
[SUPER=01-Sharon Hanibel/Suspect's Friend;]
[SUPER=01-Bobbi Harley/Reporting;]
[RUNS=:00]
[OUT Q=Harley, CBS News, Philadelphia.]

(( Locator: Philadelphia, PA This is how a police chase in Philadelphia ended yesterday....with cops converging on a man they claim resisted arrest and fired at them with one of their own weapons. The pictures of police kicking the suspect are clearly dramatic....but the city's mayor says they need to be taken in context.

SOT: Mayor John F. Street/Philadelphia

"While it would be easy to be inflamed by the video tape, we have to determine all of the facts. We will not condone improper behavior by the police, we cannot conduct a police hunt by jumping to conclusions.
It all began when authorities pulled the suspect over after he was driving erratically in a car that turned out to be stolen. A fight followed and the man took off in a police cruiser.

SOT: Police Commissioner John Timoney/Philadelphia

"There was some kind of confrontation where we know the guy shot at least once, the officer shot in the thumb."
The suspect...31 year old Thomas Jones was also shot as police tried to subdue him. He is listed in serious condition with injuries to his stomach and arms.. A former girlfriend says he has a history of substance abuse.

SOT: Sharon Hanibel/Suspect's Friend

"He was in a half way house when I met him. He was coming you know back and forth, he was able to come in and out."

(harley standup/note: not verbatim)

According to the police chief, the incident has already has spurred three separate investigations including one by his own Internal Affairs Department. All will try and figure out how what should have been a routine arrest got so out of hand.
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[Israel]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Mideast peace]


Israel has called off its planned military sale to China, in an effort to boost the Mideast peace process.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Tel Aviv, Israel;]


Prime Minister Ehud Barak told President Clinton he was canceling the sale of a sophisticated radar plane to the Chinese military.
The Israeli leader says his country could not expect any further U-S aid if it went ahead with the quarter- BILLION- dollar Chinese deal.
This, on Israel's second day of US- brokered peace talks with Palestinians at Camp David.
In return for canceling the deal, Israel will ask the U-S for help building a border between itself and the future Palestinian State.
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[Cory-Everson]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-]
[GRAPHIC=none]

Members of Cory Everson's ladies' gym in Roanoke County say the owner is taking money from their bank accounts --

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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

even though the gym has been closed for more than a week now. Members were not warned the gym would shut down and they don't know when it will re-open. But Kim (San-duh-fur) Sandefur says owner William Bailey still took 29-bucks from her this month.
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[SOT 9:44:06]
[IN Q=My money]

((MY MONEY IS SET UP TO COME OUT ON THE FIFTH OF EVERY MONTH SO WHEN I SPOKE TO HIM TWO OR THREE DAYS AFTER THE FIFTH HE TOLD ME ALL THE ACCOUNTS WERE FROZEN, THAT NO ONE'S MONEY WAS BEING DRAFTED OUT OF ANYONE'S ACCOUNT. BUT WHEN I CALLED THE BANK THIS MORNING THEY TOLD ME MY MONEY HAD ALREADY BEEN DRAFTED OUT ON THE FIFTH. SO HE LIED STRAIGHT OUT TO ME. MY MONEY'S ALREADY GONE. HE'S ALREADY TAKEN IT OUT OF MY ACCOUNT.))
[SUPER=01-Kim Sandefur/Gym Member;]
[RUNS=:23]
[OUT Q=out of my account]
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[VO-NAT]

William Bailey was not available for comment, but owners of competing gyms say he's approached them about selling off memberships.

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[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-17 TC1:24:18]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A 15-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to creating a website "Hit-List" that cancelled classes at Pulaski County High School in April.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Dublin/April 20;]


The threat shut down the school on the first anniversary of the shootings at Columbine High.
Investigators say the girl -- a freshman who's not being named because of her age- -- created the hit-list in a school computer lab.
The list, labeled "People to Kill" targeted about 100 students and teachers- that's according to school officials.

The girl will NOT be sentenced for several more months.
Making an electronic threat to kill is a felony that can carry up to five years in prison.
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[county-shooting]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=500-16 TC31:17]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Suicide]

A Roanoke County woman killed her husband and then herself.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co.;]

Police say 77-year-old Jean Dymond, an elderly nurse, shot her 80-year-old husband Robert on Tuesday. Their daughter found the couple. Neighbors say Robert Dymond suffered from chronic fatigue syndrome.
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[White]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=500-18 TC16:38]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A jury has found a Lynchburg man guilty of first degree murder.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg/July 1999]


23-year-old Norman Douglas White was accused of knocking in the door of this home on Stuart Street last July and shooting Morris Anthony in an apparent drug-related murder.
White's first trial in March ended in a hung jury .. but yesterday White was found guilty of shooting Anthony six times.
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[SOT 16:58:40]
[IN Q=I'm not sure]

((STEPHANIE MADDOX/ASST. COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: I'M NOT SURE.. WE DIDN'T DO ANYTHING DIFFERENT THIS TIME, WE TRIED IT THE SAME WAS WE DID LAST TIME, THE EXACT SAME EVIDENCE. Reporter: Essentially it's the Commonwealth's contention there was no doubt that it was Mr. White who kicked in the door that night? BASED ON THE EVIDENCE, THERE'S ABSOLUTELY NO DOUBT.))
[SUPER=01-Stephanie Maddox/Asst. Commonwealth's Attorney]
[RUNS=15]
[OUT Q=absolutely no doubt.]
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[VO-NAT]


White will be sentenced in August.
The jury recommended a total prison term of life plus 28 years on the murder and firearm charges.
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[Mountain-View]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=00-16 TC1:36:49]
[GRAPHIC=None]

A janitor sexually abused three women at a home for adults in Botetourt County, according to police.
The charges against Jerry Pinion include rape, attempted rape and sexual battery.
The incidents allegedly happened at Mountain View 2 in Fincastle.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Fincastle/December;]
[TAPE#=99-46 35:36]


The home's owner, Linda Housman would not comment.
Last December, detectives searched Richwood Acres -- Housman's other adult facility -- after resident's said they had money stolen.
That incident is still under investigation.
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[Supermax-Prisons]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-12 TC1:50:08]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Virginia's Department of Corrections says a Connecticut inmate who died in a supermax prison in southwest Virginia did NOT die as a result of stun guns used by corrections officers.
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[SOT 11:07:15 ]
[IN Q=I'm able]

((RON ANGELONE: I'M ABLE TO TELL YOU THAT WE HAD AN INDEPENDENT STUDY, DONE BY A DOCTOR, WHO RESEARCHED EVERYTHING ABOUT WAS THE STUN GUN INVOLVED IN ANY OF THIS, HIS INDEPENDENT STUDY SAYS ABSOLUTELY NOT...I'D LIKE TO PUT THAT TO REST.))
[SUPER=01-Ron Angelone/Virginia Corrections Director;]
[RUNS=:21]
[OUT Q=to rest.]
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Wise Co./File Tape;]


Corrections officials say Larry Frazier was hypoglycemic.
Two weeks ago, he refused to take the medicine Wallens Ridge prison staffers tried to give him.
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[TALENT=Kim]
[SS=None]


He allegedly became belligerent, kicked an officer in the head, and had the stun gun used on him.
He died a short time later.
His death is still under investigation by the department's Inspector General.
Despite yesterday's announcement, the state autopsy has NOT come back yet.

[Air-Quality]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=jsu]
[TAPE#=00-22 TC50:53]
[GRAPHIC=Air Quality]


Extremely high levels of air pollution are making it hard for some Virginians to lead healthy lives.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


The entire state failed the EPA's standards for air pollution. And the American Lung Association says that can lead to respiratory problems .. especially for children and those suffering from asthma.
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[SOT 7:24]
[IN Q=People who have]

((TONI FERGUSON: PEOPLE WHO HAVE RESPIRATORY PROBLEMS ESPECIALLY ASTHMATICS A LOT OF TIMES THEIR EPISODES ARE TRIGGERED BY ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS: SO IF WE CAN REDUCE THE OZONE PROBLEM THEN HOPEFULLY WE CAN REDUCE THE PROBLEMS THAT OUR PATIENTS HAVE ))
[SUPER=01-Toni Ferguson/American Lung Association]
[RUNS=22]
[OUT Q=have]
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[VO-NAT]


The Roanoke American Lung Association is spearheading a coalition to educate the public about air pollution and ways to eliminate the problem.
The coalition says simple steps like car pooling and using environmentally friendly chemicals can help.
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[TAKE FULL SCREEN BOARD]
For latest information on ozone levels in our area, check out the Weather section of our web site at WDBJ-7-dot- com.

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[Bull-Run]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


The running of the bulls got a bit rougher today in Pamplona, Spain.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Pamplona, Spain;]


Three people were gored in the thigh, and five others were kicked or trampled.
Authorities say the three caught by the bulls' horns went to the hospital with gashes in their thighs.
One of those injured is an American.
Today's six-minute run was the longest yet of the current festival, which wraps up tomorrow..
The festival dates back to the late 16th century.
In the last 100 years alone, 13 people have been killed while running with the bulls.
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[Henry-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mce]
[TAPE#=None]
[GRAPHIC=Fatal Fire]


A house fire in the Stanleytown section of Henry County claimed the life of one person.
When firefighters got to the house at about 8:30 yesterday morning it was engulfed.
Two people were able to get out- unharmed... but a 15-year-old was taken to Baptist Hospital in Winston-Salem with burns.
The person who died in the blaze was 19 years old.
The victims' names haven't been released.

[Hargrave-Fire]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-23 TC37:31]
[GRAPHIC=Fire]


Fire damaged part of Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Chatham]


Officials say the blaze started around 7 last night and was contained to a dorm area on the fourth floor.
So far there's no word on what started the fire but the area was being renovated.
No one was hurt.
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[Celanese]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mjo]
[TAPE#=00-18 TC1:23:05]
[GRAPHIC=Celanese]


Contract talks between Celanese and its workers' union will continue next week.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Giles Co.;]


The two sides met with a mediator for a round of contract negotiations well into Tuesday night.
Celanese workers rejected a contract offered by the company last month, saying it failed to improve mandatory overtime and benefits.
The Giles County acetate plant is the New River Valley's eighth-largest employer, with more than 12-hundred workers.
Both sides will return to the bargaining table for a third meeting next Tuesday.
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[Robot-Surgery]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=equ]
[TAPE#=00-17 TC1:37:15]
[GRAPHIC=none]


A hospital near Richmond is the first in the nation to perform robotic surgery.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Henrico Co.]


35- year old Kimberly Briggs went under the blade yesterday and into the history books with an ailing gall bladder.
The da Vinci Surgical System got F-D-A approval Tuesday night.
It's a leap beyond laparascopic surgery with 3-D images, steady hands, and freedom of movement.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=To be able]
[sot 14:56:09]

((DR. MARK KATZ/CARDIAC SURGEON: TO BE ABLE TO BASICALLY MINIATURIZE YOUR HAND AND PUT IT INSIDE A PATIENT'S BODY AND HAVE THE SEVEN DEGREES OF FREEDOM OF THE WRIST.))
[SUPER=01-Dr. Mark Katz/Surgeon]
[RUNS=:09]
[OUT Q=the rest.]
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[VO-NAT]


Henrico doctor William Kelley performed the surgery.
He calls it the biggest advance in surgery in a decade... and he's already got another gall bladder operation scheduled for today.
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[Stars-Program]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=kwe]
[TAPE#=00-29]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Summer time is full of activities for many local kids thanks to a program through the Roanoke City Parks and Recreation Department.
It keeps kids out of trouble at night, while also making sure they have fun. Kate Weidaw has the story.
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[SOT]
[IN Q=]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;:00]
[SUPER=01-John Byrd/Participant;:14]
[SUPER=01-Chris Cassell/Participant;:56]
[SUPER=01-Jonathan Rosser/Group Leader;1:09]
[SUPER=@Kate2;1:20]
[RUNS=1:27]
[OUT Q=NEws 7, Roanoke.]

((It's 6 o'clock and a van full of kids is pulling up in front of the Buena Vista Rec Center in Roanoke. A night of bowling is on the agenda, something John Byrd a soon to be junior at William Fleming has never done before.

[SOT 13:44]
[INQ=]

((JOHN BYRD: I'VE NEVER BOWLED BEFORE I'VE PLAYED EVERY OTHER SPORT BEFORE SO THIS SHOULD BE A GOOD EXPERIENCE.))
[OUTQ=]

[RUNS6]
This is John's second year taking part in Stars Come Out at Night, a free program with a variety of nightly activities offered by Parks and Rec. Teens are picked up and dropped off free of charge. It's a chance for anyone between the ages of 13 and 16 to spend time together in a structured environment instead of

[SOT 20:49]
[INQ=]

((CHRIS CASSELL: SLEEPING, SLEEPING OR WATCHING T.V.))
[OUTQ=]

[RUNS5]
14 year old Chris Cassell joined the program two weeks ago and says he's doing activities he would never be able to do because he couldn't afford them. And he's doing more then just having fun he's learning discipline as well.

[SOT 21:05]
[INQ=]

((CHRIS CASSELL: YOU LEARN HOW TO BEHAVE WITH OTHER PEOPLE AND AROUND OTHER PEOPLE.))
[OUTQ=]

[RUNS7]
One of the people many of these teens look up to is Jonathan Rosser. After two years of being a group leader he says being a positive influence goes a long way.

[SOT 24:15]
[INQ=]

((JONATHAN ROSSER: I WANT THEM ALL TO KEEP THEIR BOOKS, STAY IN THEIR BOOKS, GRADUATE, AND GO TO COLLEGE JUST LIKE ANY OTHER PARENT WANTS.))
[OUTQ=]

[RUNS10]
And it's not to late to join in on the fun, Rosser says the only thing the program needs is more teens. Kate Weidaw News 7 Roanoke.))

[Tobacco-Grape]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=sch]
[TAPE#=00-20 TC1:27:20]
[GRAPHIC=Tobacco Tough Times]

Some tobacco farmers in Southside are considering growing grapes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Halifax Co.]


Farmers have been looking for alternatives to tobacco. Vineyards could be the best bet.
Now, researchers are testing a variety of grapes.
They say there is a high demand for them in Virginia.
But they say it comes with a price.
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[SOT]
[IN Q= 5:37:50]

((LARRY MCPETERS/VIRGINIA COOPERATIVE EXTENSION: THE INVESTMENT ON AN ACRE OF GRAPES IS 10 THOUSAND DOLLARS. THERE IS NOT RETURN FOR AT LEAST SIX YEARS.))
[SOT 6:04:44]

((BILL CONFROY/WANTS TO GROW GRAPES: THERE IS NO SILVER BULLET. THIS AREA COULD GROW A GOOD QUALITY GRAPE.))
[SUPER=01-Larry McPeters/Virginia Cooperative Extension;]
[SUPER=01-Bill Confroy/Tobacco Farmer; :09]
[RUNS=:20]
[OUT Q=good quality grapes.]
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[VO-NAT]


Researchers are also looking to attract a cooperative wine production facility.
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[Crop-Tech]


[ANCHOR=Kim]
[NEWSCAST=noon]
[WRITER=mjo/sbu]
[TAPE#=00-21 TC1:03:20]
[GRAPHIC=None]


Meanwhile tobacco is getting attention in Blacksburg where it may one day be used for medicinal purposes.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Blacksburg/April 14;]


The state tobacco commission voted yesterday to give some settlement money to two Blacksburg biotechnology firms.


CropTech and (tuh-By-oh) ToBio promise to turn tobacco plants into medicines and vaccines.
The companies asked the commission for 12-million dollars back in April.
The commission says it WILL support them.
HOW MUCH and WHEN will be determined in a meeting next month.
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[Greece-Heatwave]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=heat wave]


Hot, dry weather has created a state of emergency in southern Greece--
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Patras, Greece;]


Nearly 40 wildfires are out of control.
Flames are now approaching the outer suburbs of Athens and burning in villages around Greece's third largest town, Patras.
While the heatwave is starting to cool a bit, strong winds continue fanning the flames.
Many residents have evacuated.
Over the past week, hundreds of other wildfires have raged on throughout Europe.
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[Worldcom-Sprint]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=Business News]


WorldCom and Sprint are hanging up their plans for a 129- BILLION- dollar merger.
This after regulators in the U-S and Europe indicated they weren't happy with the proposed merger.
Late last month, Attorney General Janet Reno announced the Justice Department was suing to block the deal.
The news isn't a big surprise-- both companies were hinting at dropping the proposed merger for the past severa

l days.[Bank-Robber]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=Noon]
[WRITER=kmc]
[TAPE#=net]
[GRAPHIC=none]


And finally this afternoon--
You often hear stories about criminals who get caught because of a stupid mistake.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-El Dorado County, CA;]


Well, this would- be bank robber in Northern California took a stretch limousine to a bank to rob it.
As the limo driver waited outside for his customer, the 18- year- old was inside ROBBING the bank.
It didn't take long for deputies to get in touch with the limo company and track down the high- class suspect. (------------) Authorities took him into custody after his BRIEF ride in style...