Undercover officers in Rockbridge County say they busted a one
million-dollar cocaine ring involving a Washington and Lee Employee.
Researcher Kurt Russ is charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine along
with another university employee.
Ron Jones reports.
IN Q=kurt russ
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./July 1987; :00
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./Today; :16
SUPER=01-Bruce Beard/Lexington Police Chief; :27
SUPER=01-Brian Shaw/W&L Public Relations; 1:00
OUT Q=Ron Jones, News 7.
(( Kurt Russ has been an Archeological Researcher at Washington and Lee since
He has supervised several digs throughout the county.
However, police say from 1990 to 1994 Russ worked with a maintenance worker
and an Alumnus in distributing cocaine throughout Rockbridge County.
Their main supplier, a drug dealer from Miami, was tricked by local
undercover officers to come to Lexington where he was arrested.
((BRUCE BEARD/LEXINGTON POLICE CHIEF: IT'S APPARENT THAT... DRUG UNDER
Police say Russ' job was to set up transactions with a drug dealer in Miami
and get the cocaine to the streets... and after fours years more than one
million dollars worth of cocaine made its way to Rockbridge County.
Eleven of 17- suspects accused in the drug ring have been arrested--the
other six are at large.
W&L officials are shocked.
((BRIAN SHAW/W&L PUBLIC RELATIONS: WELL, THE ADMINISTRATION... WHEN WE'VE BEEN
ASKED TO COOPERATE.))
Police say Russ has been arrested and is out on bond... and the details of
this unusual ring will be brought out in court.
Ron Jones, News 7.))
Lynchburg police are searching for the man who robbed a Hill City bank at
gunpoint this afternoon.
It happened just before four, when a gunman walked into the Co-Operative
Savings Bank on Old Forest Road.
IN Q=A lone gunman
((CMDR. EARL BURNETTE/LYNCHBURG POLICE: A LONE GUNMAN CAME INTO THE BANK,
ORDERED THE TWO TELLERS THAT WERE IN THE BANK AT THE TIME ONTO THE FLOOR, GOT
THE MONEY OUT OF SOME CASH DRAWERS AND FLED. SUSPECT WAS DESCRIBED AS BEING
ANYWHERE FROM FIVE- SEVEN TO SIX FOOT, WEARING A BLACK SKI MASK, WITH A DARK
COLORED JACKET, DARK JEANS AND BLACK COMBAT BOOTS.))
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Earl Burnette/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=black combat boots.
Burnette says the robber was a white male or a light- skinned black male of
He fled on foot into a nearby apartment complex, where tracking dogs were
unable to pick up his trail.
Anyone with information about the crime should contact the Lynchburg police.
A Danville businessman says he was beaten by two local police officers while
he was handcuffed.
And he says a third officer encouraged it.
Sam Sakellaris, Junior makes the claim in a federal lawsuit filed last week.
Sakellaris supplied his attorney with these pictures allegedly taken the
night of the incident.
He says it all happened when he was pulled over during a traffic stop two
The suit names Officers L-M Adkins and L-R Kennedy.
He says Lieutenant J-C Lewis was standing by.
Attorney Jane Harden says Sakellaris believes he was targeted because he was
a witness to another case of alleged police brutality a number of years ago.
IN Q=He spoke
((JANE HARDEN/SAKELLARIS' ATTORNEY: HE SPOKE OUT WHEN HE HAPPENED TO BE A
WITNESS OF ANOTHER INCIDENT AND FOUND HIMSELF ON THE FRONT PAGE OF THE DANVILLE
LOCAL PAPER SOME YEARS AGO.))
SUPER=01-Jane Harden Sakellaris' Attorney;
OUT Q=some years ago.
According to the suit, Sakellaris was charged with assault and battery,
resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
The charges were later dismissed.
It appears a horror story of child abuse in Chicago.
As Byron Harlen reports, it was a neighbors phone call that alerted
authorities to the problem.
SUPER=01-Martha Allen/Child Family Services; 13
SUPER=01-Charro Flowers/Neighbor; 43 quick!
SUPER=01-Keanna Powell/Neighbor; 47 quick!
OUT Q=CBS News, Chicago."
((The charges against him are unbelievable.
Jerald Hill...facing 12-hundred counts of child abuse and what the authorities
say he and his wife Barbara did to their four children is unimaginable.
MARTHA ALLEN--CHILD FAMILY SERVICES:)
THEY WERE FED RATS AND THEY WERE FED ROACHES AND THEN THEY WERE
SYSTEMATICALLY OR SERIALLY SEXUALLY ABUSED.
The couple had a five year old boy as well as three girls, 12, eleven and
They are with relatives while police investigate the case.
This is the last known address. A South Chicago home where neighbors say
everyone loved those children.
CHARRO FLOWERS--NEIGHBOR: THEY BEAUTIFUL...YES, YES, YES THEY ARE...SMART AS A
KEANA POWELL--NEIGHBOR: IN THE SUMMERTIME USED TO ALWAYS COME AROUND AND--YOU
KNOW--ASK FOR FOOD AND STUFF...BUT THEY WERE REALLY QUIET PEOPLE...I WOULD
NEVER THINK THEY WOULD DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
IT S A SHOCKING CASE, EVEN IN A NEIGHBORHOOD WHERE HARD LIVING IS A WAY OF
NOW IT'S ALL IN THE HANDS OF POLICE AND PROSECUTORS.
Byron Harlen, CBS News, Chicago.))
A six-hour standoff in Hawaii is over- The gunman is dead and another man
is critically hurt.
Police say John Miranda shot his former supervisor, then took another
Miranda admitted to police by phone he was stressed out and lost it.
A final shooting left Miranda with a fatal chest wound.
The hostage was released and is O-K.
Miranda had been laid off just before Christmas.
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A man sought on arson charges- is now in custody-
Police say the man set the fire that killed seven members of his family.
They aren't speculating on a motive.
The family had just recently moved to the United States from Iran.
Tomorrow is another day off for Roanoke City students-- bringing the
number of missed days to ten.
And figuring out how to make up the snow days is no easy assignment.
School board members met tonight--and approved three make- up dates.
January 26th, which was previously listed as an inservice day-- March 15th,
and Memorial Day.
Since three additional days are built into the school calendar-- that
leaves FOUR to make up.
School officials say they hope this will be the last unexpected winter
vacation this year.
IN Q=I think that
((WAYNE HARRIS/ROANOKE CITY SCHOOLS SUPT.: I THINK THAT STUDENTS ARE READY TO
COME BACK TO SCHOOL. I KNOW THAT OUR STAFF'S ARE READY, AND I HOPE THAT WE
HAVE NOT MORE INCLIMATE WEATHER THAT KEEPS US OUT OF SCHOOL FOR THE REMAINDER
OF THIS YEAR. ))
SUPER=01-Wayne Harris/Roanoke City Schools Supt.;
OUT Q=this year
Harris suggested making up three of the remaining days in April, during
But some board members were worried about low attendance.
The board tabled that idea until they can study the alternatives.
They'll meet again February 20th.
One side note-- We will run the complete list of school closings
immediately after the newscast.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Up next on News 7 at 11, Virgil Goode wants to move to Washington,
and the votes are in Louisianna and one of the Republican presidential
candidates suffers a serious setback..
Toss to Robin
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
O-J Simpson says it wasn't him stalking Nicole, but the other way around.
He called an L-A radio show this morning making the comments.
IN Q=it was
((O.J. SIMPSON: IT WAS AT SOME POINT IN 1993 THAT SHE BEGAN TO WIDE OPENLY
PURSUE ME. YOU KNOW WHAT? WHAT'S INTERESTING IS I NEVER CONSIDERED THAT
STALKING WHEN SHE SHOWED UP AT THE GOLF COURSE AND EVEN FOLLOWED ME TO MEXICO
WHEN I WENT TO MEXICO WITH SOME FRIENDS. THAT WAS A WOMAN IN LOVE TRYING TO GET
HER RELATIONSHIP BACK TOGETHER.))
OUT Q=relationship back together."
Simpson also requested One Sweet Day by Mariah Carey-
((WELL THERE'S A SONG THAT EVERYTIME I HEAR IT IT MAKES ME CRY. IT REMINDS ME
OF NICOLE WHO WAS MY FAVORITE PERSON NEXT TO MY MOM.))
OUT Q=NEXT TO MY MOM."
SUPER=03-Los Angeles/Last Month;
Legal analysts say it may make Simpson feel better to defend himself and talk
But they say even little comments he makes could be used against him in
the civil trial.
A win for Pat Buchanan and a big defeat for Phil Gramm.
SUPER=03-Baton Rouge, LA;
Louisiana Republicans gave Buchanan their support in the nation's first
Gramm from neighboring state Texas was the expected winner.
The other major candidates sat the race out- saying IOWA is still the
first real caucus.
((BOB COURTNEY/LOUISIANA GOP CONSULTANT: IT WAS NEVER OUR INTENTION TO TAKE
AWAY FROM IOWA AND WHAT THEY'RE DOING WE JUST FELT IT WAS VERY IMPORTANT FOR
THE SOUTH TO HAVE AN EARLY VOICE.))
SUPER=01-Bob Courtney/Louisiana GOP Consultant; 00
OUT Q=HAVE AN EARLY VOICE
But many say today's caucus was more of a Maverick event than a meaningful
vote among Republican contenders.
State Senator Virgil Goode will run for Congress.
The Rocky Mount Democrat says he wants the seat L-F Payne is leaving.
Other Democratic lawmakers joined Goode at the Capitol News Conference where
he announced his bid for the Democratic nomination.
He promised to defend Medicare, protect the district's farmers and work to
control federal spending.
IN Q=I want to take Virginia
((SEN. VIRGIL GOODE/D- ROCKY MOUNT: I WANT TO TAKE VIRGINIA VALUES TO
WASHINGTON INCLUDED IN THOSE IS AN EFFORT TO HAVE A BALANCED BUDGET AND FISCAL
RESPONSIBILITY, SO THAT MY CHILD, MY DAUGHTER, KATHRYN CAN HAVE A GOOD STATE
AND A GOOD NATION.))
OUT Q=and a good nation.
Goode appears to have strong support from Democratic leaders, even though
he angered many earlier this year.
That was when he advocated a power- sharing agreement with Republicans in
the State Senate.
Manslaughter charges have been filed against a Campbell County teenager for
his role in a fatal accident last month.
67- year- old Betty Blackburn Campbell died when her car was struck
broadside at the intersection of Wards Road and Harvard Street in Lynchburg.
Police say 19- year- old Andrew Lewis Viar ran a red light and crashed into
Viar has been charged with involuntary manslaughter.
He was released on his own recognizance shortly after his arrest yesterday.
Thousands of women and an increasing number of men suffer from eating
Connie Stevens has a preview of a one-woman play on the topic-- "Eaten
Alive," now touring the region.
IN Q=When I walk
SUPER=01-Mimi Wyche/Actress; :49
OUT Q=CS. News 7.
IN Q=When I walk
((WHEN I WALK INTO A ROOM, THE VERY SOUND OF MY THIGHS RUBBING TOGETHER SENDS
SMALL ANIMALS SCREAMING FROM THE FOREST. NOW THAT IS POWER I TELL YOU. FREEDOM.
AND POWER. RRHHHH. ))
"Eaten Alive" is NOT a chronicle of Mimi Wyche's 17-year-battle with an
Rather, she plays the part of five women-- all fighting their own demons.
((GOD! INCREDIBLE, WHAT ARE YOU DOING, YOU'RE NOT HUNGRY. THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE.
THIS IS JUST WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. DISCIPLINE.))
And Wyche says the blame is obvious-- with the media ideals that are
difficult to live up to.
IN Q=It's ironic that
((MIMI WYCHE/ACTRESS: IT'S IRONIC THAT EATING DISORDERS WITH MEN HAVE INCREASED
DRAMATICALLY OVER THE LAST TEN YEARS IT USED TO BE ONE PERCENT OF MEN SUFFERED
FROM EATING DISORDERS AND NOW IT'S TEN PERCENT. AND I THINK THAT IS DIRECTLY
RELATED TO THE INCREASED MEDIA ATTENTION TO MEN'S BODIES AND BEING A HUNK, AND
THESE AREN'T JUST WRESTLERS AND SPORTS GUYS.))
OUT Q=sports guys.
Wyche is also hoping to send the message that at the core of eating
disorders, the real issues are often about the soul, not the body.
Connie Stevens, News 7.
"Eaten Alive" will be presented tomorrow night at Lynchburg College,
Wednesday at Western Carolina University, and Thursday at Hollins College.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns, we'll see why birds of a feather flock together,
And coming up a little later, we'll meet an artist who hopes his new cartoon
will land him in victory lane.
MUSIC UP FULL
What do birds do when it gets really cold in the Ukraine?
What else but flock to the only warm pond-
Rare birds from all over the world arrive at this Nature reserve every
This winter has seen an invasion of wild geese, ducks and swan fleeing
massive snow and frozen lakes farther North.
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It was not a warm pond for this pooch- Instead he got stuck in an icy
But it was firefighters to the rescue-
They reached the pooch on rafts for the trip back to shore.
The pooch was then wrapped in blankets and taken to a shelter to recover
from his ordeal.
The Virginia Tech Hokies racked up a narrow win over Duquesne last night.
It's the Hokies 16th straight at the Cassell, but BIll Foster was hardly a
happy camper. Steve Mason will have the details coming up a little later in
The 11th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies got another scare last night, but they
Survive Duquesne's upset bid and win their 16th straight game at Cassell
Steve Mason has more on the Hokies 17th win of the year.
IN Q=FIRST AUDIO
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Dukes vs. Hokies; :00
SUPER=01-Scott Edgar/Duquesne Head Coach; :17
SUPER=01-Keefe Matthews/17 Points & 4 Rebounds; :38
SUPER=33-Virginia Tech/=69/Duquesne/=63; :50
SUPER=01-Damon Watlington/15 Second Half Points; :58
SUPER=01-Bill Foster/Va. Tech Head Coach; 1:15
OUT Q=...NEWS 7 SPORTS."
GRAPHIC=NEWS 7 COLLEGE
The first place team in the ACC, North Carolina, was in action last night
right here on your hometown station taking on surging Maryland.
SUPER=03-Chapel Hill, NC/JP-Raycom; :00
To look at Heels' coach Dean Smith, you would think he had a rough night at
Actually, at times it wasn't that bad as Vince Carter goes to the second
floor for the one handed follow jam as the Heels lead by as many as 9 in the
Duane Simpkins would bring Maryland back with this long three pointer from
the top of the key as the Terps smelled an upset.
And they would get it. Not even a headband wearing Serge Zwicker could save
the Heels as Maryland moves to 5-and-4 in the ACC with the
84 to 78 win.
The once invincible CHicago Bulls have suddenly been knocked down not once,
Last night the Suns burnt the Bulls 106-to-96 in Phoenix.
SUPER=03-Phoenix, AZ/TNT; :00
Michael and boys hoping to get back on track after having their 18 game
winning streak snapped on Sunday. Jordan had 28 last night.
But he was no match for Charles Barkley who powered his way to game high 35
points on a variety of strong inside moves.
He got some help from rookie Michael Finley who played great defense on Jordan
and scored 14. Suns win it by 10.
The Charlotte Hornets continue to struggle against teams with winning
Tonight the Hornets lose to the Spurs to drop their record to 5-and-16
against teams above the 500 mark.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC/Spurs vs. Hornets; :00
The problem tonight for the Hornets was Sean Elliott, who keyed a
20-to-nothing first quarter run as the Spurs led 30-to-16 after one quarter.
Elliott would continue to give the Hornets fits as he scored 23 points, as
the David Robinson, and the Spurs win 109-to-102.
GRAPHIC=High school hoops
Most area high school hoop teams were at home in front of the fireplace
tonight due to cancellations, but Parry McCluer and Covington took on the
elements and each other tonight in a Pioneer District showdown in Covington.
SUPER=03-Covington/Blues vs. Cougars;
Nelson Fox watched his Blues control the tempo in the first quarter to grab
the early lead.
Boo Kowsey finds Nathan Floyd who scores the deuce and Parry McCluer led by
3 after 1.
The Cougars then went on a 22 to 8 run to close out the half. William
Stewart hits the streaking Mike Barber on the break for the easy layin.
Parry McCluer tried to hang in. Floyd with the assist this time to Mike
Clark in transition.
Then designated zone buster, Robert Roman heats it up. He knocks down 3 of
his 16 on the night and Covington led 30 to 19 at the break. The Cougars win
it 51 to 42.
SS=Hold high school hoops
Elsewhere tonight George Wythe bombed Northwood 79 to 33 and Rocky Gap beat
Fort Chiswell 57 to 53.
Still to come tonight, we'll attempt to warn you up just a bit
As we turn our thoughts to baseball and spring training which opens next
Spring training in the major leagues doesn't officially begin for most teams
in the big leagues until next week.
But several members of the world champion Braves are already hard at work.
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/This Afternoon; :00
This afternoon Braves lefty Steve Avery worked out underneath Fulton County
stadium under the watchful eye of pitching coach Lee Mazzone.
Avery is hoping to get his game and the Braves back to the top this year.
IN Q="yOU KNOW...
((STEVE AVERY/BRAVES PITCHER:))
SUPER=01-Steve Avery/Braves Pitcher; :00
OUT Q=...A GOOD START."
And with Nascar's season getting ready to start up again, we have the story
of a cartoonist who hopes his love of racing will help him land in newspapers
across the country.
Doug Allred has more.
OUT Q=Doug Allred for CBS News