[Pledge]

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A Roanoke Police officer has been indicted for racketeering.
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Officer Frederick L. Pledge is accused of protecting drug dealers.
The indictment also alleges he participated in transporting and distributing drugs.
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[ANCHOR=JoeD]


The 12-page indictment was handed up in Charlottesville Thursday.
It's been under seal until now.
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Keith Humphry has specific details of the case against Pledge.
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[TALENT=Keith]
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It's a simple two- count indictment.
Though it says "other police officers" were involved, Frederick Pledge is the only City Police Officer named in the indictment.
Here are some of the highlights:
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Pledge is accused of confiscating drugs from half a dozen people without reporting or logging the evidence.
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The Grand Jury says Pledge and other officers recruited someone to transport 10-thousand dollars worth of drugs to New York City. [ESS]
Pledge allegedly provided security for a cocaine deal in April, 1998. [ESS]
He's alleged to have used cocaine himself to "strengthen his position" with drug dealers. [ESS]
The feds even claim Pledge distributed cocaine at a party at his own home... [ESS]
that he socialized with drugs dealers, attending strip parties "on numerous occasions." [ESS]
He's accused of extorting bribes from at least ten drugs dealers- -dating back to 1995. The indictment says he took the cash in exchange for not arresting drug dealers, warning them of pending indictments or police investigations. [ESS]
In addition to cash, the government says drug dealers bought Pledge lunches, dinners, drinks or haircuts to insured that they were not arrested.
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[TALENT=Keith]


Pledge has been on the force not quite seven years, Joe. The feds are saying his criminal involvement goes back five years.
[TALENT=JoeD]


This all sounds more like "Big City" stuff.
[TALENT=Keith]


It does. The indictment even says Pledge got someone to "rough up" a person who was talking on the street about drug trafficking Pledge was allegedly involved in.
It's very disturbing.

[Talent=Joe]


Keith Humphry, thank you.[Roanoke-Police]


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The allegations have stunned the many in the Roanoke area.
[Double Boxes=Joe ANCHOR/Teresa Microwave]


Teresa Hamilton is live in downtown Roanoke with more on that aspect of the story.
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[Stanley]


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Federal prosecutors failed to put a convicted moonshiner behind bars today.
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[SUPER=03-Roanoke]


U. S District attorneys argued Dee Stanley should be in jail before his trial, but the judge released him on a 150-thousand dollar bond and an electronic monitor. Federal prosecutors said Stanley had a violent history because he had been charged with shooting his son and assaulting two women. He was never convicted.
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Stanley denied making those threats. The judge told him to either stay at home or at work until his trial.
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[Martin]


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A two month search for a Danville murder suspect has ended.
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20 year old Atrae (uh-TRAY) Lamar Martin turned up in New Jersey. That's where authorities picked him up Saturday evening.
[SUPER=03-Danville/May 21]


Martin is charged with killing 26 year old Daniel O'Bryant Woods in May.
The shooting happened inside Union Hall on Franklin Street where Martin allegedly shot the victim in the back.
Martin is awaiting extradition to Danville.
He's also charged with using a firearm in the commission of a felony and shooting in an occupied dwelling.
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[Chapman]


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Relatives of Derrick Chapman say they're outraged at the conviction and sentence he received for conspiring to kill a judge.
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[SUPER=03-Radford/File Tape;]

Prosecutors say Chapman was hired by his friend Christopher DeMoranville to kill Montgomery County Circuit Judge Ray Grubbs and DeMoranville's parents for two million dollars. But while DeMoranville was in jail on another charge he told authorities he wasn't serious about the assassination - and that Chapman meant to go through with it. On Thursday, DeMoranville was sentenced to probation. Chapman, on the other hand, was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
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((CALVIN CHAPMAN: THEY WERE OUT TO GET DERRICK THERE'S NO WAY THAT DERRICK SHOULD HAVE GOTTEN 30 YEARS AND CHRIS NOT GET A DAY IN JAIL. I DON'T CARE HOW YOU LOOK AT IT IT'S NOT FAIR IT'S NOT JUSTICE, NO WHERE IN THE LAND.))
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Members of Chapman's family says they plan to appeal the sentence and fight to the Supreme Court if they have to.
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[Clearbrook-Fire]


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Fire filled a Roanoke County school with smoke this morning.
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A custodian at Clearbrook Elementary discovered the fire inside the building just after 10:30.
It started near some gym equipment.
He used some fire extinguishers, but it took a couple of crews to get it out.
The custodian had to be taken to the hospital to be checked for smoke inhalation.
No word yet on how the fire started.
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[Mideast-Peace]


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The mideast peace talks are now in day fourteen... and negotiators are considering whether to continue into week number three.
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President Clinton is discussing that and other issues at Camp David, where the Israeli-Palestinian talks are now under way.
After returning from a summit in Japan yesterday, Clinton rushed back to Camp David to check the progress of the negotiations. He held separate talks with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.
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[ANCHOR=JoeD]
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A White House spokesman says the president had a mid-morning meeting with his negotiators today. Clinton is deciding whether it's worthwhile to keep the talks going.
A top Israeli negotiator tells Israel's army radio that the summit's outcome will likely become clear in the next two days.





[Floods]


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Up to ten people have died and thousands have been left homeless in South Korea following torrential rain.
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Heavy rain has caused landslides and flooding, leaving hundreds of houses submerged and farmland inundated,
The high water has washed away bridges, roads and railways.. and forced thousands to flee their homes.
Korean officials estimate the floods have caused property damage of more than 22- million dollars.
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[Wildfires]


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A fierce wildfire continues to burn in Mesa Verde National Park in Colorado...
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So far it has charred at least 17-thousand acres.
The blaze has tripled in size since Saturday night. Hot weather and rough terrain have made it difficult for firefighters to control the flames.
One official says the fire is moving so fast and so far that it puts everything in the park at risk.
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[ANCHOR=JoeD]
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Wildfires are also burning in Washington State and Southern California.

[Church-Fire]


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Members of Lexington Presbyterian Church are coping with the loss of their church, but they have not lost their faith. The congregation gathered together for worship services yesterday. Joy Sutton has the story.
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[Emergency-Room]


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Visitors got a sneak peak of the new emergency room at Lewis Gale Medical Center.
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Yesterday, the hospital held an open house to allow visitors to tour the facility.
The new E-R is twice as large as the old one.
Hospital officials say that will mean more comfort for patients.
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((DR. MARK TRIPP/DIRECTOR OF EMERGENCY SERVICES: THE BIG THING WAS OVERCROWDING, ON ANY BUSY SUNDAY OR MONDAY, WE WOULD HAVE MULTIPLE PATIENTS LINE UP IN THE HALLS WITH NO PRIVACY, THIS WAY WE'VE GOT MORE, SPACE AND MORE PLACES TO EXAMINE PATIENTS))
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The new emergency room has a circular driveway to make it easier for EMS workers to unload patients.
The Medical Center also plans to house a radiology department in the facility within the next six months.
The emergency room will officially open its doors at Midnight, Wednesday.
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[Box-Office]


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The movie ``What Lies Beneath'' has come out on top.
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Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer took the number one spot with their story of an underwater ghost, along with mutants and other monsters. ``What Lies Beneath'' took in an estimated 30 (m) million dollars. `
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[Anchor=Joe]

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[SUPER=77-What Lies Beneath/X-Men/Pokemon The Movie/Scary Movie/The Perfect Storm;]

`X-Men'' slipped to second place. `Pokemon the Movie 2000'' opened in third place. ``Scary Movie'' and ``The Perfect Storm'' round out the top five.
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[York-Heads]


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Several giant presidential heads still do not have a permanent home.
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The concrete busts are intended to be featured in a 17- million dollar outdoor attraction called Presidents Park.

The developer is hoping to build the park in York County.
But critics say the heads are too tacky for a region that features Jamestown, Yorktown and Colonial Williamsburg.
The Board of Supervisors had hoped to decide next month whether to grant a special permit for the busts.
But now say they're going to wait until a court decides whether the park's developer needs a special permit.
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At one point-- officials in Buena Vista expressed interest in the project.

But the park's developer is hoping the situation will work out in York County.[Putin-Judo]


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With his first international summit under his belt, Russian President Vladimir Putin put on his black belt.
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Putin took a break from the G8 summit in Okinawa to visit a judo school.
While he was there, the 47-year-old sparred with some of the Japanese students.
Putin also made a strong showing at the Group of Eight meeting, winning broad priase from fellow leaders. The g(------------) roup is considering a change in its format that would include Russia in all of its meetings.