A researcher from W-and-L is among 17 suspects named in a million dollar
drug bust in Rockbridge county.
That story tops NEWS-7 at SIX in a moment.
And a Danville businessman claims he was beaten up by local police. He's
got pictures we'll show you.
Tonight in sports, Tech return to the Cassell, UVa and VMI relish blowout
wins, while a nationally known writer checks out the W&L Generals.
And the Chicago Bulls return to action tonight in Phoenix trying to get back
on track after having their 18 game winning streak snapped on Sunday.
The forecast calls for the warming trend to continue. We may catch some
sleet Thursday but it looks nice after that.
Police in Lexington and Rockbridge County have busted a million-dollar
Among those accused: Washington and Lee University researcher Kurt Russ.
He's charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine.
Ron Jones reports the drug operation is believed to have reached from Miami
IN Q=kurt russ
SUPER=03-Botetourt Co./July 1987; :00
SUPER=03-Rockbridge Co./Today; :10
SUPER=01-Bruce Beard/Lexington Police Chief; :22
SUPER=01-Brian Shaw/W&L Public Relations; :57
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.
Police say from 1990 to 1994 Russ worked with maintenance worker Thomas
Davis and an Alumnus in North Carolina in distributing cocaine throughout
Their main supplier was a drug dealer in Miami.
Police say Russ' job was to set up transactions with a drug dealer in Miami
to forward 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.
The staff at W&L says it is shocked.
Police say the cocaine ring has nothing to do with Washington and Lee or its
students and that Russ and the others worked alone.
Ron Jones, News 7.
A search is under way for a bank robbery suspect in Lynchburg at this hour.
Just before four p-m, authorities say a lone gunman walked into the Co-
Operative Savings Bank on Old Forest Road and demanded cash.
After forcing the two tellers to lie down on the floor, the suspect escaped
with an undetermined amount of money.
IN Q=The suspect was
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Earl Burnette/Lynchburg Police; :00
OUT Q=after the robbery.
Tracking dogs were unable to pick up the suspect's scent after he ran
through the Bramblewood Apartment Complex.
Burnette says no dye pack was inserted with the money.
Police say they have a tentative suspect in the case but would not release
any other information.
A Campbell County teenager has been charged with manslaughter in a fatal car
crash in Lynchburg last month.
Police say 19- year- old Andrew Lewis Viar ran a red light at the
intersection of Wards Road and Harvard Street the afternoon of January 4th.
Viar's truck crashed into a car driven by 67- year- old Betty Blackburn
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Authorities arrested Viar yesterday, then released him on his own
A Danville businessman says he was beaten by two local police officers while
Now-- Sam Sakellaris, Junior wants to tell his story to a jury.
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa
Teresa Hamilton is in Danville with more on the case in federal court.
Keith, Sam Sakellaris, Junior says he was beaten during a routine traffic
stop, two years ago.
In his suit, Sakellaris also makes allegations against the department as a
IN Q=What he alleges
SUPER=01-Jane Harden/Sakellaris' Attorney; :00
OUT Q=some years ago.
((JANE HARDEN/SAKELLARIS' ATTY: WHAT HE ALLEGES IS THAT THERE IS A PATTERN OF
BRUTALITY AND EXCESSIVE FORCE ON THE PART OF THE DANVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT.))
SUPER=01-Jane Harden/Sakellaris' Attorney;
OUT Q=Danville police department.
Sakellaris tells his attorneys these photos were taken in February of 94--
the night of the alleged incident.
According to papers filed in federal court, it all started when Sakellaris
was pulled over, arrested and assaulted by Officer L-M Adkins.
Sakellaris maintains, minutes later two other officers pulled up.
He goes on to say, Officer L-R Kennedy also began to beat him.
According to Sakellaris, Lieutenant J- C Lewis stood by and encouraged what
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
((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.))
OUT Q=some years ago.
Incidentally, Sakellaris' lawsuit was filed the same day former police
officer Jeffrey Williams filed his own federal suit against the department.
Williams says he was fired for questioning how the department treats
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa
(Keith Question- Was Sakellaris charged with anything.)
Yes, the night of the alleged beating he was charged with assault and
battery, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.
All the charges were dropped in court.
But Sakellaris says members of the police department continue to follow and
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa
(Keith Question: Have you gotten any comment from the police department or city
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
Where can you turn if you're a small business owner and you don't qualify for
traditional bank loans? We'll have details about a new program.
and long time State Senator Virgil Goode sees opportunity in yesterday's
retirement announcement by Congressman L-F Payne.
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SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
Campbell County firefighters had their hands full this morning, battling
cold temperatures and a blaze that gutted a mobile home near Evington.
The fire at this home on Route 8-88 was reported just before six a-m.
Authorities say the left side of the trailer was engulfed in flames when the
first crews arrived.
It took volunteers from three companies to bring the fire under control.
Temperatures in the single digits did not make their job any easier.
IN Q=It's just cold
((ALAN MADDOX/EVINGTON V.F.D. CHIEF: IT'S JUST COLD ON EVERYBODY, POSSIBLE
FROSTBITE AND STUFF LIKE THAT, WATER FREEZING AND THEN IT HAMPERS YOU WALKING
AROUND IN ALL THIS DEEP SNOW, TIRES YOU A WHOLE LOT QUICKER.))
SUPER=01-Alan Maddox/Evington V.F.D. Chief; :00
OUT Q=whole lot quicker.
Maddox says the residents of the house were able to escape the blaze
It's possible an upstairs furnace may have sparked the fire.
State Senator Virgil Goode says he wants to take Virginia values to
One day after L-F Payne said he's leaving Congress, Goode announced he will
seek the Democratic nomination for the 5th district seat.
IN Q=I think Virginia is in
((SEN. VIRGIL GOODE/D- ROCKY MOUNT: I THINK VIRGINIA IS IN GOOD HANDS AND I
THINK WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT OUR NATIONAL GOVERNMENT IS IN GOOD HANDS.))
OUT Q=is in good hands.
Goode made the announcement this morning at the State Capitol.
And though he has angered some Democrats by forcing a power- sharing
agreement with Republicans in the state senate, he appears to have lined up a
strong base of support among Democratic leaders.
IN Q=Virgil is the best person
((SEN. LOUISE LUCAS/D- PORTSMOUTH: VIRGIL IS THE BEST PERSON FOR THIS JOB AT
THIS TIME. VIRGIL IS A DEMOCRAT AND I'D RATHER HAVE ONE WEARING A DEMOCRATIC
UNIFORM THAN NOT HAVE ONE AT ALL.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Louise Lucas/(D) Portsmouth;
OUT Q=than not have one at all.
Goode has served in the state senate since 1973. He made an unsuccessful
bid for the U-S Senate in 1994 when he challenged Chuck Robb for the democratic
If Goode gets the Democratic nomination, there are at least three
Republicans willing to challenge him.
1994 candidate George Landrith says he is the obvious choice to represent
the party again this year.
SUPER=03-Bedford Co.; :06
But a self- described blue collar worker from Bedford County is ready to
dispute that claim.
34- year- old Eric Thompson calls himself an average American who has some
ideas he wants to take to Washington.
IN Q=L.F. Payne
((ERIC THOMPSON/R- 5TH DISTRICT CANDIDATE: L.F. PAYNE DID NOT HOLD PUBLIC
OFFICE BEFORE HE BECAME CONGRESSMAN AS WELL. I AM A CITIZEN OF THE DISTRICT, I
AM QUALIFIED BECAUSE I BELIEVE IN MAKING A CHANGE IN THIS DISTRICT AND I WANT
TO DO SOMETHING FOR MY DISTRICT.))
SUPER=01-Eric Thompson/(R) 5th District Candidate; :00
OUT Q=for my district.
Thompson will make a formal announcement within a few weeks.
Clarksville delegate Frank Ruff also will seek the Republican nomination.
Small businesses that don't qualify for traditional loans now have another
Today, Virginia Commerce Secretary Robert Skunda announced the Virginia
Capital Access Program.
A pilot project of the state's small business financing authority and
Central Fidelity Bank, the program will allow the lender to assume more risk
and accept more loan applications.
IN Q=They range
((BUD OAKEY/ROANOKE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: THEY RANGE FROM COMPANIES
THAT HANDLE VENDING MACHINES TO COMPANIES THAT MANUFACTURE POST CARDS. SO IT'S
A WIDE RANGE OF COMPANIES THAT WOULD QUALIFY BUT WOULD BE MORE GEARED TOWARD
THE SMALLER BUSINESSES. THAT'S WHY ON OUR SIDE OF THE STATE WE'RE REALLY
EXCITED ABOUT IT.))
SUPER=01-Bud Oakey/Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce;
OUT Q=excited about it.
Businesses interested in the Virginia Capital Access Program should contact
a commercial account officer at Central Fidelity Bank.
Another record- setting day for the stock market today.
The Dow surged 52 points, to close at 54- hundred- 59.
NASDAQ up six points.
Imagine having your life completely controlled by food....and your weight.
That's the case for many people with eating disorders.
It's also the inspiration for the one-woman show "Eaten Alive," -- now
touring colleges in our region.
Health Reporter Connie Stevens has a preview.
IN Q=Look at that
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Randolph-Macon Woman's College; :00
SUPER=01-Mimi Wyche/Actress; :41
OUT Q=CS, News 7.
IN Q=Look at that
((LOOK AT THAT, THAT IS DISGUSTING. NO WONDER THEY DIDN'T GIVE YOU A BONUS
CHECK. WHO IS GOING TO WANT TO GIVE A BONUS TO TUBBY TUBBY TWO BY FOUR. LOOK AT
OUT Q=two by four
"Eaten Alive" is the story of five women, all dealing with different stages
of eating disorders.
IN Q=I mean like
((I MEAN LIKE, IT'S ALL I DO NOW, EAT AND THROW UP, EAT AND THROW UP. ))
OUT Q=eat and throw up.
Mimi Wyche spent 17 years fighting an eating disorder-- now, she's only
happy her trouble is helping others.
IN Q=I hope
((MIMI WYCHE/ACTRESS: I HOPE THAT THEY'LL REALIZE THAT OBSESSIONS WITH WEIGHT
AND FOOD ARE NOT ABOUT WEIGHT AND FOOD. THAT IT'S SOMETHING ELSE. THAT IT'S
ABOUT FEELINGS, IT'S NOT ABOUT FOOD. ))
OUT Q=not about food.
Eating disorders also aren't something to combat alone.
Rather, successful treatment often combines therapy, medication, and group
It's also important to recognize that you don't have to be grossly UNDER or
OVER-weight to have an eating disorder.
IN Q=It really comes down
((IT REALLY COMES DOWN TO HOW MUCH OF YOUR DAY IS SPENT THINKING ABOUT WEIGHT
AND FOOD. ))
Wyche says increased awareness of the problem is important too; and she
hopes through her play some will recognize themselves.
Connie Stevens, News 7. ))
"Eaten Alive" will be presented tonight at Lynchburg College, and Thursday
night at Hollins College.
Coming up tonight in sports, Tech gets ready to Duke Duquesne, I'll show you
one of the most unusual shots you've ever seen in the NBA.
Plus we'll look back on wins by VMI & UVA,
And tell you why this Boston Globe sportswriter from hanging out in Lexington
The Virginia Tech Hokies are back in action tonight at Cassell Coliseum
against Atlantic Ten foe Duquesne.
The Hokies moved up to 11th in this week's Associated Press top 25 released
last night, but tonight they'll also be protecting a 16 game winning streak in
Tech is 16-and-2 overall and 8-and-1 in the A-10.
We'll have highlights and postgame for you tonight at 11.
The Virginia Cavaliers tuned up for Thursday night's battle with N.C. State
by handing Old Dominion its worst loss since 1987 -a 87-to-49 setback at
A number of players took their games to new levels last night including
Courtney Alexander who goes behind his back early in the first half and
finishes with the slam.
Odell Hodge did his best to keep the Monarchs in this one with the nice move
on the baseline. At that point it was 14-to-12 UVa.
But the Cavaliers would blow it wide open over the next 11 minutes of the
Jamal Robinson goes up the top of the board for the alleyoop from Alexander.
It's a 14-to-nothing run and Uva leads 28-to-12.
The Cavs lead 41-to-17 at halftime and cruised in the final 20 minutes to
bury the Monarchs 87-to-49, even though Harold Deane injured a toe, set out the
second half and failed to score.
UVa had tremendous balance last night.
Nine different players scored, and five landed in double figures including
7-4 Chase Metheney who has 6 blocks to go with his 11 points.
Uva is now 9 and 10 on the season.
VMI has an 8 and OH record at home this season; the school's best start
since the 1977-78 team that won 9 straight at home.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Last Night; :00
The Keydets out rebounded the Citadel 48 to 33 and beat the Bulldogs 91-52
at Cameron Hall. VMI is now 10 and 7 and 3 and 3 in the Southern Conference.
Partial credit for this season's success has to go towards their work on the
((MAURICE SPENCER/VMI GUARD:))
((BART BELLAIRS/VMI COACH:))
SUPER=01-Maurice Spencer/VMI Guard; :00
SUPER=01-Bart Bellairs/VMI Coach; :11
OUT Q=...get some rebounds"
GRAPHIC=W & L
Washington and Lee lost to Randolph macon 88-71 last night in front of a
very special guest.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Last Night; :00
Boston Globe columnist and ESPN panelist Bob Ryan attended the game as part
of his stay at W & L. Ryan covered the NBA's Boston Celtics for 14 years and
has co-authored a book with Larry Bird. He commented on the state of sports
((BOB RYAN/BOSTON GLOBE COLUMNIST:))
SUPER=01-Bob Ryan/Boston Globe Columnist; :00
OUT Q=...close to that"
Ryan is lecturing in several journalism classes. He covered the D-III
contest and enjoys sports at any level.
IN Q="When I
GRAPHIC=HIGH SCHOOL HOOPS
The wild winter weather has basically destroyed the high school basketball
Since the first of the year over 150 varsity games have been either
postponed or just pain cancelled.
Ironically, the only game on tap tonight are in Covington and Monterey.
The Chicago Bulls are back on the court tonight as they continue their brutal
six-game, nine-day road
SUPER=03-Phoenix, AZ/This Afternoon; :00
Tonight its game five of the Western swing, but more importantly the first
game since the team's 18 game winning streak was snapped Sunday night in
IN Q="You know...
((SCOTTIE PIPPEN/BULLS FORWARD:))
SUPER=01-Scottie Pippen/Bulls Forward; :00
OUT Q=...back on track."
And finally tonight, gather around the TV set for one of the strangest and
rarest plays you've ever seen.
We head to Minneapolis for last night's Dallas-Minnesota NBA game.
SUPER=03-Minneapolis, MN/Last Night; :00
Watch what happens off the jump ball in the Mavericks circle, as Popeye Jones
actually tips the ball into the basket off of the referee's toss.
It is indeed a legal play. The bucket counted. But the Mavericks still lost
by a dozen 104-to-92 to the T-Wolves.