Parole Board Chairman John Metzger has quit.
Coming up on NEWS 7 at SIX: We'll explain what he's accused of, what he
admits to and what they say he did NOT do.
And a post- election change of heart in Wythe County on the subject of
prison construction there.
In sports, a look at the revised Division five football playoffs a site
change for the group a Division one game between Bath County and Holston.
And the Houston Oilers have a reached an agreement to re-locate in
Nashville in a couple of years.
Fast moving weather systems promise cool temperatures and possible
complications this weekend. More on that coming up.
George Allen's tough -on -crime parole board chairman has resigned.
An internal audit into his conduct has been turned over to Virginia State
John Metzger says he's been cleared of any criminal wrongdoing.
Democrats aren't satisfied, demanding more answers.
Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What has Metzger been cleared of, and what has he admitted?
Keith, you remember Metzger from his time as the U.S. Marshal down in
He admitted today to an "autocratic" management style, telling what he
called an "off-color" joke to two female board members, and "irreconcilable
differences" with all four other board members, especially about his authority
IN Q=But in a telephone
SUPER=03-Richmond/February 1994; :09
SUPER=01-Jerry Kilgore/Va. Public Safety Secretary; :19
OUT Q=called in?
(( But in a telephone interview, Metzger said he feels completely exonerated
by the internal administration audit.
He says when he was first made aware of the falsifying of a parole warrant
allegation, "at first blush it sure did look wrong" to him, but it's just an
adminstrative error that's been corrected he says.
((JERRY KILGORE/VA. PUBLIC SAFETY SECRETARY: WE'RE CERTAINLY NOT PROUD...READY
TO MOVE FORWARD.))
Not so fast.
House Democratic leader Tom Moss said the lesson is that rewarding political
cronies with high public office can be a mistake.
Democrats would like Governor Allen to face a little more of this scandal.
((SEN. MADISON MARYE: I KNOW VERY LITTLE... CALLED IN?))
Secretary Kilgore told us this afternoon he HAS forwarded the audit to the
State Police, with NO recommendation.
So if Colonel Huggins chooses to launch an investigation, that's up to him.
The parole board chairman's spot will be temporarily filled by Bruce Morris.
He's the Director of Criminal Justice Services, and the former Harrisonburg
Q&A What becomes of John Metzger?
Corrections Corporation of America is no longer welcome in Wythe County.
The Board of Supervisors voted six-one, adopting a resolution OPPOSING any
kind of state, federal OR privately- operated prison in the county.
The board has been split on the issue since a four- to- three vote early
this year to welcome C-C-A.
But two of those prison supporters were ousted in last week's election, and
two other, Charles Dix and Carlton Rose reversed themselves today.
((JOHN DAVIS/WYTHE CO. SUPERVISORS VICE-CHAIRMAN: PERSONALLY TO ME IT WAS VERY
ENCOURAGING THAT THERE IS APPARENTLY A GESTURE OF RECONCILIATION TO WHERE WE
CAN, THEY CAN COME TOGETHER TO DO THEIR JOB.))
((TOM BRALLEY/PRISON OPPONENT: IF IT DON'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN RICHMOND I'M
SURE THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE OUT THERE WHO WILL STILL BE SPEAKING OUT. AND
THE GOVERNOR, WHAT ELSE, GOVERNOR, DO WE HAVE TO DO TO LET YOU KNOW WE DON'T
WANT A PRIVATE PRISON?))
SUPER=01-John Davis/Wythe Co. Supervisors Vice-Chmn.;
SUPER=01-Tom Bralley/Prison Opponent;
OUT Q=a private prison.
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./File Tape;
C-C-A wants to build a minimum security prison on some farm land in Wythe
It's among three finalists for a state contract.
Corrections officials have said local government support would be a major
factor in the decision.
The money laundering trial of former Amherst mayor Roger Beidler (BIDE-ler)
is underway in federal Court in Lynchburg.
Authorities say Beidler helped convicted drug dealer Wendell Wood hide 100-
thousand dollars in drug and gambling profits.
Beidler says he never knew the money he was investing for Wood in a real
estate development came from illegal sources.
But investigators say Beidler divided the money into amounts smaller than
10- thousand dollars to avoid having to report the transactions.
His trial is scheduled to last two days.
A Danville family arrested for blocking the intersection where two children
were killed told a judge they're guilty.
But Robert Jones says his family is at fault for something OTHER than what
they were charged with.
Teresa Hamilton is in our Danville newsroom to explain.
Keith, Robert Jones says the only thing the family's GUILTY of is trying to
save someone else's life by drawing attention to the intersection where his
grandchildren were killed.
((ROBERT JONES/CHILDREN'S GRANDFATHER: NOBODY WOULD EVEN TALK TO ME UNTIL THE
DAY THAT WE BLOCKED THAT INTERSECTION THEN AFTER THAT EVERYBODY WAS WILLING AND
GLAD TO TALK TO US. ))
SUPER=01-Robert Jones/Children's Grandfather; :00
OUT Q=talk to us.
That's why Robert Jones and his son, Ira, say they'd do it all over again.
This morning, Judge Ryland Dodson told Jones he sympathizes but he did break
The judge found the two GUILTY of improperly stopping on the highway.
Jones, his son and son-in-law were arrested when they blocked the
intersection of Elizabeth Street and Route 265 using their vehicles.
Raymond Mustain was found NOT guilty because he didn't actually drive the
Jones and his son were disappointed in the Judge's decision but don't regret
what they did.
IN Q=I feel like
((IRA JONES/CHILDREN'S UNCLE:I FEEL LIKE I SHOULDN'T HAVE BEEN FOUND GUILTY OF
ANYTHING, EXPECT SAVING SOMEONE ELSE'S LIFE, CAUSE JAMI AND JAMES DIED IN THAT
INTERSECTION AND SOMEBODY ELSE IS GOING TO DIE IN THAT INTERSECTION IF THEY
DON'T DO SOMETHING FAST. ))
SUPER=01-Ira Jones/Children's Uncle;
OUT Q=something fast.
Keith, the Virginia Department of Transportation has since made changes to
the intersection, with larger stop signs and a 45 mile per hour advisory sign
but the family says its NOT satisfied. They want an overpass.
(Q: What steps do the family plan to take now?)
Jones and his son were fined 50- dollars each and they do plan to appeal.
The family is also considering a wrongful death suit against the city, state
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the newscast, Trigon agrees to repay customers who overpaid
and on the 19th Great American Smokeout, Connie Stevens looks at the health
concerns of cigarette smoking in part four of our series Tobacco Under Fire.
Robin in WX
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Insurance giant Trigon has agreed to hand over more money to policyholders
for what Attorney General Jim Gilmore has called deceptive billing practices.
Gilmore says Trigon will now pay 50- million dollars to customers who did
NOT apply for a refund earlier.
The company has already refunded about 20- million dollars as part of a
Trigon calls the now discontinued billing practice "co- payments."
Trigon reimbursed hospitals a lower amount than it was billing customers
for, in a pre-arranged deal.
Policyholders who've moved in the last few years should contact the state
treasurer to get their refund.
The government has not given up trying to prosecute Victor Cucci for income
SUPER=03-Beckley, WV/December, 1992
The Covington businessman is serving a 14- year sentence for drug
trafficking and money laundering.
The night he was arrested in 1991, the feds also seized Cucci's financial
A federal judge ruled last May that the three- hour warrant- less search was
illegal, that the government would not be allowed to use any of the documents
taken from Cucci's home.
A day- long hearing concluded without a ruling today... with the government
still contending bank records tell the story of Cucci's tax evasion- -withOUT
relying on material taken from Cucci's home.
GRAPHIC=Tobacco Under Fire
Day Four of our weeklong series "Tobacco Under Fire" falls on the 19th
Annual Great American Smokeout.
double box Connie/Keith
Connie Stevens joins us from the Wildflour Cafe at Roanoke's Towers Mall to
discuss the health risks from smoking.
Keith, the Wildflour is just one of several smoke-free restaurants cropping
up in the region.
Many more are going Smoke Free-- just for the day-- in honor of the
It's been 30 years since the first Surgeon General's report on the matter--
and still, 50 million Americans regularly light up.
IN Q=It's a very
SUPER=01-Dr. David O. Lewis/Martinsville Emergency Physician; :21
SUPER=01-John Shone/Ex-Smoker; :56
SUPER=01-Don Roy/Milan Bros. Tobacco; 1:28
OUT Q=well worthwhile.
SOT 00:36:57 593-04
IN Q=It's a very
((DR. LUTHER TERRY/FORMER SURGEON GENERAL: IT'S A VERY STRONG RELATIONSHIP AND
PROBABLY A CAUSAL RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN HEART DISEASE AND CIGARETTE SMOKING.))
OUT Q=cigarette smoking.
Since Luther Terry's warning, Americans are dying at a rate of 420-thousand
The three most common causes of death from tobacco products are lung cancer,
emphysema and heart disease.
IN Q=But tobacco does
((DR. DAVID O. LEWIS/MARTINSVILLE EMERGENCY PHYSICIAN: BUT TOBACCO DOES SO MUCH
MORE. IT CAUSES 30% OF ALL CANCER. IT CAUSES CANCERS OF THE THROAT, THE LARYNX,
THE ESOPHAGUS, THE BLADDER, THE KIDNEYS.))
OUT Q=the kidneys.
Smoking has also been traced to lumbar disk disease, osteoporosis, premature
aging and wrinkling...and more.
IN Q=People who smoke
((PEOPLE WHO SMOKE ARE MUCH MORE PRONE TO SINUS INFECTIONS, BRONCHITIS,
The risks don't just apply to smokers-- but also, to those exposed to their
John Shone, had three reasons for deciding to kick the habit after smoking
for 55 years.
IN Q=It got so
((JOHN SHONE/EX-SMOKER: IT GOT SO YOU CAN'T SMOKE ANYPLACE, NOT EVEN IN
AIRPORTS. SECONDLY, IT IS A HEALTH RISK. AND THIRDLY, IT'S AN EXPENSIVE
OUT Q=expensive habit.
Opponents of the tobacco industry are critical of what they consider an
obvious push to sell to teens.
The tobacco industry vehemently denies that claim, claiming too that it's
product is NOT addictive.
SOT 00:49:33 stock 5
IN Q=I believe
((I BELIEVE THAT NICOTINE IS NOT ADDICTIVE. I BELIEVE THAT NICOTINE IS NOT
OUT Q=not addictive.
And many smokers say it's their right to smoke.
IN Q=I think that
((DON ROY/MILAN BROTHERS: I THINK THAT ONCE YOU'RE AN ADULT, IF YOU WANT TO BE
ABLE TO SMOKE OR DRINK OR EAT TOO MUCH THAT'S YOUR BUSINESS AND YOU SHOULD BE
BE ABLE TO DO THAT.))
OUT Q=to do that.
Don Roy has even set up a smoking lounge in his Downtown Roanoke tobacco
IN Q=Folks can't smoke
((FOLKS CAN'T SMOKE IN THESE BUILDINGS, THEY CAN'T SMOKE IN THEIR OFFICES. THEY
CAN'T SMOKE IN THE LOBBIES, YOU WALK DOWN THE STREET AND YOU SEE PEOPLE TAKING
A SMOKE BREAK OUT ON THE SIDEWALK, AND THAT'S A SHAME.))
OUT Q=that's a shame
At Martinsville's Hospital Emergency Room, Dr. David O. Lewis says about 25%
of the patients he sees are there because of tobacco-related illnesses.
He believes most of America's health care woes wouldn't exist without
IN Q= You have to
((YOU HAVE TO WONDER IF THE TOBACCO INDUSTRY IS BANKRUPTING THE MEDICAL SYSTEM.
BECAUSE THE HEALTH CARE COSTS ALONE ARE 50-BILLION DOLLARS. NOW THE TOTAL DRAIN
TO OUR ECONOMY IS 65 BILLION DOLLARS.))
OUT Q=65-billion dollars.
IN Q=I still get the
((I STILL GET A LITTLE URGE ONCE IN A WHILE BUT YOU CAN RESIST IT. BUT ANYBODY
CAN QUIT IF YOU REALLY PUT YOUR MIND TO IT. I THINK IT'S WELL WORTHWHILE. ))
75-percent of smokers say they'd like to quit-- but only about eight percent
will be successful.
Many are finding out it takes tremendous will-power.
double boxes Connie/Tracy
Now, let's go to Tracy Altizer in our Blacksburg Newsroom to hear more
about the final installment tomorrow of "Tobacco Under Fire."
Connie, Scientists at a company called CropTech here in Blacksburg are
cultivating tobacco plants in which human genes have been inserted.
Those plants are successfully reproducing an enzyme which is used to cure
victims of Gaucher disease, a rare and potentially fatal illness.
They believe tobacco may be eventually used to mass-produce the drug needed
to cure that illness, and possibly others as well.
Tomorrow on NEWS-7 at Six we'll have more on that and other research which
could spark a new blaze of glory for the golden leaf.
Another strong showing on Wall Street...a big day on the bond market helped
pushed stock prices sharply higher.
The DOW rose nearly 47 points to close at 49-hundred-69.
It was the DOW's third record close of the week.
The NASDAQ was UP three points.
The Kroger supermarket chain has prevented a strike at its distribution
center thanks to some last- minute bargaining.
After more than seven hours of talks yesterday Kroger and Teamsters local
171 have a new contract proposal for the rank and file.
The 300 warehouse workers and truck drivers will vote on the new deal
Now they just want to find out what's in the latest proposal.
IN Q=We need
((DAVID FLORA/KROGER EMPLOYEE: WE NEED TO GO HOME AND SIT DOWN AND FIGURE ON
IT A LITTLE BIT WHEN WE GET ALL THE FIGURES TOGETHER.))
SUPER=01-David Flora/Kroger Employee;
OUT Q=figures together.
Kroger says "it is an outstanding offer which we are confident that the
members will ratify".
The main issues in the contract dispute are working conditions and pay.
The Kroger warehouse in Roanoke County supplies approximately 60 stores, all
the way from Winchester to Fayetteville, North Carolina.
And coming up, The Patrick Henry Volleyball team gets ready for the State
Tournament The Bath County Holston division one football game has been changed
to a new site we'll tell you where.
and we'll also check in at Heritage and Glass as they prepare for the
revised Division five football playoffs.
The revised schedule of the Virginia High School League's Northwest
Regional playoffs is now set.
The division was turned upside down yesterday after it was learned that E-C
Glass used an ineligible player in its last two games against Albermarle and
Glass was forced to forfeit the wins thus giving the Western District
championship to Heritage and it also puts the Pioneers in the Playoffs.
IN Q=First audio
((PEM APPERSON/HERITAGE HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Pem Apperson/Heritage Head Coach; :
OUT Q=.......FOR US."
The Hilltoppers dropped from number one to a number four seed in the
division and will now hit the road for a game against Brooke Point.
IN Q=First audio
((BO HENSON/GLASS HEAD COACH: ))
SUPER=01-Bo Henson/Glass Head Coach; :
OUT Q=........IN THE PLAYOFFS."
So, The revised schedule looks like this. Glass will travel to Brooke
Point and Heritage will make the trip to Pulaski County.
Both games will be played tomorrow night at 7:30.
Meantime, The site for this Saturday's Group A division one playoff game
between Bath county and Holston has been changed.
SUPER=03-Hot Springs; :
The game was to be played in Hot springs but 3 to 4 inches of snow fell in
the area earlier this week and the cold temptures made it impossible to remove
the mixture of snow and ice from Carl Williams field.
As a result the game is set for a one-thirty kickoff on Saturday at
Alleghany High School in Low Moor.
It's all set for the city of Nashville will have an N-F-L team in the 1998
SUPER=03-Nashville, TN; :
This afternoon in Nashville Houston oilers owner Bud Adams and Mayor Phil
Bredesen signed a document promising to move his team to the Tennessee city.
The 292 million dollar deal is based on several conditions being met
including the sale of luxury boxes and personal seat licenses.
IN Q="We won't be
((BUD ADAMS/HOUSTON OILERS OWNER: ))
SUPER=01-Bud Adams/Houston Oilers Owner; :
OUT Q=......OUT OF HOUSTON."
The next hurdle for the move is approval by the Metro Nashville Council.
Patrick Henry's volleyball team is 19 and 2 and headed to the state
tournament for the first time in school history.
The Lady Patriots' year began on unsteady ground when they lost their coach
to Cave Spring. The savior was new coach Marty Swan, who has commuted from
Blacksburg all season long to coach the team.
SUPER=01-Marty Swan/Patrick Henry Coach; :04
SUPER=01-Rebecca Hogan/Outside Hitter; :11
SUPER=01-Gene' Kent/Middle Hitter; :25
OUT Q=...really well"
PH plays Indian River tomorrow night at 7, The state championship game
begins at 2 Saturday.
Instead of a lot of trash talk; the Cavaliers and the Hokies have thrown
nothing but compliments at each other.
Tech is giving up just about 75 yards on the ground per game. But keeping
Tiki Barber and Kevin Brooks within those perameters will be tough.
SUPER=01-J.C. Price/Va. Tech Defensive Tackle; :00
SUPER=01-Brandon Semones/Va.Tech Linebacker; :00
OUT Q=....stop the running game"
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Last Year; :00
Barber and Brooks amassed 249 yards last year against in Blacksburg and are
ready for Tech's eighth ranked defense.
SUPER=01-Tiki Barber; :00
OUT Q=...do the same thing"