Today on News 7 at 5, a Roanoke police officer is arrested on racketeering and drug charges. We'll have the details.
and a new name is being mentioned as a possible Republican vice presidential candidate.
The heaviest of the rains have passed through the area for today... but a slow moving system is going to keep the wet weather around for awhile. Details are ahead.
Today in medical news, a new test proves more effective in detecting heart disease.
and we'll see how pollution and geography are causing problems for allergy sufferers.
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A Roanoke police officer was arrested this morning, charged with racketeering for allegedly "shaking down" drug dealers.
Officer Frederick Pledge was indicted last week, but the indictment remained under seal until his arrest today.
The 29-year old patrolman was taken before a federal magistrate today. Pledge was ordered held without bond, at least until a formal arraignment is held later in the week.
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Meanwhile, Keith Humphry outlines the specific charges for us.
These are serious allegations against a police officer, Jean.... but the case is not particularly complicated.
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Bribery, extortion and racketeering are fancy words for a "shake down."
The feds say drug dealers were paying Pledge not to arrest them and to let them know when the heat was on.
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On at least half a dozen occasions, Pledge is accused of confiscating drugs from people without turning in the evidence.
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Pledge accepted cash from at least ten drug dealers- -in exchange for not arresting them, warning them of pending indictments and warning them about investigations.
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((BASICALLY, HE USED HIS JOB AS AN OFFICER TO SHAKE DOWN PEOPLE, ACCEPT PAYMENTS FOR NOT ARRESTING PEOPLE FOR DRUG DEALS, FOR NOT ARRESTING PEOPLE FOR HABITUAL OFFENDER. FOR BASICALLY STEALING STUFF: DRUGS OFF DRUG DEALERS, MONEY OFF DRUG DEALERS.))
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The indictment says Pledge actually participated in drug trafficking.
In April, 1998, the government says Pledge provided security for a 10-to-15 kilo shipment of cocaine.
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The feds claim he used drugs himself "to strengthen his position" with drug dealers.
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At the same time, Jean, he was allegedly ripping them off.
A Police Department press release today says Roanoke city police officers have an excellent reputation for honesty.
But the chief and his staff are not granting any on-camera interviews.
However, the vice president of the local Southern Christian Leadership Conference is talking.
Jeff Artis says he feels betrayed by the department.
Artis lives on (Lah-fee-ett) Lafayette Boulevard-- where neighbors have been banding together to rid the area of crime.
Artis says Officer Pledge routinely patrolled the area and even attended neighborhood crime watch meetings.
Artis believes Police Chief Joe Gaskins should've done more to protect the community.
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((HE KNEW ABOUT THE FEDERAL INVESTIGATION YET THE CHIEF OF POLICE ASSIGNED THIS POLICE OFFICERS WHO WAS UNDER FEDERAL INVESTIGATION TO WORK WITH A CRIME WATCH GROUP WHO'S TRYING TO RUN THE DRUG DEALERS OUT OF THE NEIGHBHOORD...THAT'S LIKE HAVING THE FOX GUARDING THE HEN HOUSE.))
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Artis says Pledge appeared to be a hardworking officer and in December, the neighborhood watch group gave Pledge an award thanking him for his work in the community.
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The FBI's way of snooping through e-mail is raising controversy on Capitol Hill. We'll have the details after this break.
Also as a doctor says Dick Cheney is healthy enough to serve as George W. Bush's vice presidental candidate, another more surprising name enters the picture
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After just a few hours of sleep it's back to negotiating for PResident Clinton.
A spokesman says Clinton negotiated most of the night at Camp David with delegations from Israel and the Palestinians- finally calling it a night at five a-m and resuming work about five hours later.
Lee Cowan has the latest.
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It was fingers crossed as the President left for Camp David yesterday.
By 5am this morning he was still at it -- pushing both sides to the
brink of exhaustion.
Although the talks were substanitive and intense, says the White
House, there is sill no agreement.
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"I hesitate to use a phrase like 'hopeful' because these issues are so
difficult, and I don't know whether I'd be able to back that up."
Last night was the first time in days Prime Minister Ehud Barak and
Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat had met face to face -- and that was
only for dinner.
The President spent most of the night negotiating with the
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"Should he come to the conclusion that the substance of the discussions
and the atmosphere of the discussions do not have the potential to lead
to an agreement, then he will act accordingly and bring these
discussions to an end."
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In the much disputed areas of the West Bank -- the waning talks have
only increased violence. Today, Israeli soldiers clubbed Palestinians
who were trying to stop construction on land they claim is their own.
While the West Bank remains one of the core issues -- it is the
bitter question over Jerusalem that is looking to be the deal breaker.
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"They both disagreee so deeply on it, and they both think they can't
sell an agreement that gives the other full soveriengty over the old
city, that that might be an area where they need to postpone."
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"But while many thought a partial agreement might be possible, there is
now a hint both sides want an all or nothing deal. The President may be
pushing more to salvage a little progress, than lose it all for good.
Lee Cowan, CBS News, Washington."))
A Danville murder suspect is caught in New Jersey.
For the past two months, authorities have been searching for 20 year old Atrae (UH-tray) Lamar Martin.
New Jersey officers arrested Martin Saturday evening.
Martin is accused of shooting and killing 26 year old Daniel O'Bryant Woods in May.
The shooting happened inside Union Hall on Franklin Street.
A judge let Dee Stanley go back to Franklin County even though federal prosecutors said the moonshine maker is violent.
A convicted bootlegger Dee Stanley now faces charges of making and selling 118-thousand gallons of liquor with another man from 19-92 to 99.
Federal prosecutors say Stanley should be held in jail until his trial, because he allegedly threatened to blow up the federal building.
Stanley denies making those threats, so a judge let him go on 150-thousand-dollar bond.
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((THIS CASE NOT ONLY FOCUSES ON THE MOONSHINE CHARGES BUT ALSO CHARGES HIM WITH LAUNDERING THE MONEY HE EARNED OVER THE YEARS THROUGH MOONSHINING ACTIVITIES. THIS IS A MUCH MORE SERIOUS PENALTY AND REFLECTS THE SERIOUSNESS OF HIS LONG RUN OF ACTIVITIES.))
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The judge put Dee Stanley on an electronic monitor and told him to stay either at work or at home.
In a matter of hours George W. Bush will choose his running mate.
A Republican source says he still hasn't made up his mind but is expected to do so by the end of the day.
Republican officials say former Defense Secretary Dick Cheney is still his leading candidate.
The job could be offered within hours- and Bush is expected to announce his decision as early as tomorrow.
Another name in the hat- General Colin Powell.
Late today CBS News has learned that Bush and his father are both putting on a full court press to convince Powell to take the job. Powell has said in the past he doesn't want a life in politics.
Congress is taking a close look at a tool used by the F-B-I to spy on e-mail. The agency insists it only uses it on bad guys, but civil libertarians are asking just who decides who are the bad guys. Bobbi Harley reports.
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((TYPE IN THAT PERSONAL E-MAIL, EVEN CHOOSE TO MARK IT PRIVATE, BUT ONCE
ITS SENT - DO YOU REALLY KNOW IF SOMEONE ELSE IS INTERCEPTING IT.
SIXTEEN TIMES THIS LAST YEAR - THE F-B-I DID JUST THAT.
ITS CALLED CARNIVORE - A DEVICE THAT MONITORS AND SIFTS THROUGH
DESIGNATED E-MAILS LOOKING FOR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY.
SOME QUESTION WHETHER ITS HIGH TECH GONE HAYWIRE.
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Carnivore has access to much more information than it is legally
entitled to collect - how do we know if we can trust Carnivore, how do
we know what kind of leash has been put on Carnivore.
CONGRESS IS NOW TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT CARNIVORE - HOLDING HEARINGS ON
CAPITOL HILL - TRYING TO DETERMINE WHERE ENFORCING THE LAW CROSSES OVER
INTO VIOLATING PEOPLES PRIVACY.
THE F-B-I DEFENDS THE CYBER SLEUTHING - WHICH OPERATES ALONG THE SAME
THEORY AS PHONE TAPS: IT REQUIRES COURT APPROVAL AND TECHNICAL HELP.
SOT - Christopher Painter/U.S. Department of Justice - 14:03:54 - In any
of these cases you have to work with the service provider to actually
install this, the FBI couldnt go in and just install it themselves.
STANDUP - BOBBI HARLEY/NEW YORK - This technology is really nothing new
- corporations have been using it for years - to make sure employees
dont use company computers for personal business or pass along trade
CYBER INVESTIGATOR ALAN BRILL HAS CARRIED OUT SUCH OPERATIONS - BUT
CHARGES USING THE TECHNOLOGY FOR TRACKING DOWN CRIMINALS CALLS FOR A
LEGAL BALANCING ACT.
SOT - Alan Brill/Cyber Investigator - 11:41:31 - To both protect society
by having the criminality to be investigated and at the same time has
the ability to protect us, you and me, against unwarranted invasion of
RIGHT NOW ITS AN UNEVEN BALANCING ACT - WITH THE LAW TRYING TO CATCH-UP
WITH THE EXPLOSION OF NEW TECHNOLOGY - AND LEAVES THE REST OF US
WONDERING JUST WHOS WATCHING.
BH, CBS NEWS, NY))
One of the fastest commercial jets in the world won't be going anywhere for awhile.
Cracks on a wing are keeping a Concorde Jet on the ground.
In fact, British Airways says cracks were found on the wings of all seven of its supersonic jets- but the cracks on one jet are getting larger.
Repairs will be made and the jet should be back in the sky by September.
A spokesman for British Airways says the smaller cracks on the wings of the other six Concorde jets are NOT considered a safety hazard and passengers were never at risk.
Coming up next, Robin Reed will let us know when we will see the sun again,
and then on health Check, we'll see how a simple blood test is changing the way we think about cholesterol.
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Today in Sports, athletics help some local children in the classroom,
and we'll see what a Japanese company is developing to balance out the risks of dangerous jobs.
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Allergies and sinus problems can be triggered by air pollution.
And doctors say people in the Roanoke Valley are feeling the effects.
Joy Sutton explains.
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(( Combine the diesel exhaust from all the traffic on Interstate 81 with all train combustion and doctors say you could have the recipe for a sinus headache and runny or stuffy nose.
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((DR. THOMAS FAME/ALLERGY AND ASTHMA SPECIALIST: THE TWO WAY THE DIESEL FUMES CAN HURT PEOPLE ONE IS UST THE DIRECT EFFECT OF THE IRRITANT ON THE SINUS CAVITY. THE OTHER IS THAT THE DIESEL EXHAUST PARTICLES CAN ACTUALLY BIND TO THE POLLENS THEMSELVES AND MAKE THE MORE ALLERGENIC. MEANING THERE IS MORE OF A CHANCE THAT YOU'LL REACT TO POLLENS))
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Doctor Thomas Fame says a greater portion of people will actually suffer from sinus problems and allergies because of the pollution.
And since the Roanoke Valley is virtually in a bowl, it only makes it worse.
However the problem is not just local, the entire state of Virginia failed the Environmental Protect Agency's standards for pollution.
But Fame says there are ways to find relief from the those sinus problems.
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((DR. THOMAS FAME: ONE OF THE THINGS YOU CAN DO IS USE SOMETHING LIKE A DECONGESTANT WHICH OPENS THE SINUS CAVITIES WITH AN EXPECTORANT WHICH IS FOUND IN ROBITTUSON AND THAT WILL OPEN THE SINUS CAVITIES AND HELP THE SINUS DRAIN))
But Fame says if your symptoms persist you may want to visit a doctor to get tested for allergies.
Joy Sutton, News 7, Roanoke.))
A new test could soon become more important than checking your cholesterol level in the fight against heart disease.
The simple blood test is a far better predictor of impending problems.
Dr. Michael Breen reports.
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(( KELLY GILLEM WATCHES HER CHOLESTEROL SO SHE WATCHES HER DIET.
YOU CAN ACTUALLY FIND FOODS THAT YOU WOULD ENJOY EATING AND ARE GOOD
MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR CHOLESTEROLS...BUT SOME
EXPERTS SAY PERHAPS MORE THAN THEY SHOULD BE.
THIS SCAN AT RUSH PRESBYTERIAN SHOWS EARLY HEART BLOCKS IN YOUR
RESEARCHERS FIND ALL TOO OFTEN PATIENTS HAVE EXTENSIVE BLOCKS LIKE
THEIR LIPIDS, THEIR CHOLESTEROLS AND TRIGLYCERIDES ARE NORMAL
THE STANDARD LIPIDS ARE NOT VERY GOOD AT PREDICTING WHO DEVELOPS
CORONARY DISEASE AND WHO REMAINS FREE OF DISEASE.
SO RESEARCHERS HERE HAVE BEEN SEARCHING FOR SOMETHING BETTER.
NOW THEY THINK THEY'VE FOUND IT.
ONE PART OF YOUR CHOLESTEROL IS CALLED YOUR L-D-L..YOUR BAD
RESEARCHERS HAVE FOUND IF THOSE L-D-L PARTICLES ARE SMALL
PARTICLES..THAT'S ESPECIALLY BAD.
THE PRESENCE OF A SMALL L-D-L PARTICLE INCREASED THE RISK OF
CORONARY PROGRESSION SIX-FOLD. AND HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE THIS SMALL L-D-L
PARTICLE. ABOUT THIRTY PERCENT OF THE POPULATION HAS A SMALL L-D-L.
ROSENSON SAYS A SMALL L-D-L IS SO DANGEROUS BECAUSE IT INFLAMES A
VESSEL AND THAT SPEEDS UP A BLOCK.
RESEARCHERS HERE AT RUSH HAVE DISCOVERED THIS PARTICULAR PART OF L-D-L
APPEARS TO BE INHERITED AND THAT MAY EXPLAIN WHY HEART DISEASE IS SO
OFTEN INHERITED AS WELL.
THE WORK HERE HAS OTHER IMPORTANT IMPLICATIONS AS WELL...FOR INSTANCE
ROSENSON SAYS AS PEOPLE ARE BECOMING MORE OVERWEIGHT, THE PARTICLE IS
BECOMING MORE COMMON..THAT MEANS HEART DISEASE RATES MAY BE GOING UP.
THEN THERE'S CHOLESTEROL LOWERING DRUGS...NOT ALL ARE EQUALLY
EFFECTIVE AT LOWERING THIS CRUCIAL PART OF YOUR CHOLESTEROL...ROSENSON
SAYS IN THE FUTURE SOME PATIENTS MAY BE CHANGING THEIR DRUGS.
THE GOOD NEWS IS EXERCISE..THE WORK SO FAR SHOWS IT'S EFFECTIVE AT
LOWERING THIS MOST DANGEROUS PART OF YOUR CHOLESTEROL.))
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Welcome everybody to the Monday afternoon ticker. We begin with news of yet another group of folks reaching out to help youngsters in the Roanoke Valley.
Earlier in the year we told you that Karen Harvey's basketball camp at Hollins University was joining forces with the All Star Clinics of the Roanoke Valley--the same people that put on George Lynch's basketball camp and Tiki and Ronde Barber's football camp.
The partnership has helped Harvey provide scholarships to needy campers and lunches for participants.
Now Harvey and the camp staff can focus on teaching the game to the girls.
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Basketball is not the only lesson the coaches are hoping to teach.
Harvey says they want to help build character in their students as well.
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The camp runs through this Friday on the Hollins campus.
In one other basketball note, former UVa star and NCAA career three point leader Curtis Staples wrapped up his "Quick Release" girls basketball camp this past Friday night.
Staples held the camp in Lynchburg and has gone to great lengths, through news conferences and publicity, to promote the girls he coaches. Now Staples is promoting himself. He has recently signed a one year contract to play pro basketball overseas in the Italian league for Team Benetton. Staples says it's a guaranteed seven figure deal.
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Coming your way in less than an hour on News 7 at six, we'll check in on what's taking place in the NFL with news from the Skins and Rams.
Have a safe night and take care.
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A group of celebrities is using an online auction to raise money for their favorite charities.
All Star Charity-dot-com says 100 percent of the proceeds from the auctions go to a charity hand picked by the celebrity.
Currently on the site, the Dixie Chicks are selling an autographed acoustic guitar to raise money for the World Wildlife Fund.
You could become an honorary member of Dale Jarrett's pit crew. The starting bid is three thousand dollars which would go to breast cancer research.
David Copperfield will fly winners of his auction to Mystery City, USA, where he will teach them a magic trick.
Other celebrities include Garth Brooks, Sarah Michelle Geller, and Elton John.
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The Japanese public is getting its first look at a human looking robot.
Looking like something out of "Star Wars," the Honda P-3 displayed its agility today.
Weighing in just under 300 pounds, the human sized robot can move on a flat surface or it can even take the stairs.
Getting the robot to learn to balance involved some of the most sophisticated technology available.
Its eyes are cameras which allow it to sense its location and positioning in order to keep its balance.
Honda says the robot could one day take the place of human workers when a high level of risk is involved.