A victim of police brutality or a citizen who resisted arrest?
We'll hear Steven Leftwich's story on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And students at W-and-L predict a winner in the Iowa caucuses.
IN Q=AND TONIGHT
((MIKE STEVENS: AND TONIGHT IN SPORTS, I'LL JOIN YOU LIVE FROM DAYTONA BEACH,
FLORIDA AS OUR WEEK LONG REPORTS FROM SPEEDWEEKS 96 GET UNDERWAY.))
OUT Q=GET UNDERWAY.
The highs of Saturday & Sunday give way to the cold reality of winter. The
highlands continue to see snow showers this evening.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
Both the Roanoke City Police and State Police Internal Affairs are
investigating an incident that landed a man in the hospital and later in jail.
The confrontation all started this weekend during a routine traffic stop.
Double Boxes=Keith and Ron/Microwave
Ron Jones is at Roanoke City Courthouse with more.
Keith, Steven Leftwich is claiming brutality... but police officials are
saying he resisted arrest.
And now some leaders from the black community are outraged--maintaining the
incident is proof the police are out of control.
IN Q=30-year-old Steven
SUPER=01-Steven Leftwich/Defendant; :44
SUPER=01-William Hyden/Driver; :51
SUPER=01-Pernell Wilson/S.C.L.C. President; 1:13 quick
OUT Q=him get beat.
30-year-old Steven Leftwich had to be assisted by his mom to judge's bench
One eye closed shut, limping and with a swollen face... he alleges Roanoke
City Police Officers beat him without cause.
However, police contend Leftwich attacked two officers and a trooper during
a traffic stop.
The incident happened Sunday morning on Campbell Avenue around 3:30.
The driver, Leftwich's cousin William Hyden says the police pulled him over
for a broken taillight.
He says during the stop police ordered Leftwich out of the passenger seat to
Hyden says that's when the beating began.
EDITOR NOTE: SHOT OF OFFICER RUNNING FROM CAMERA
We attempted unsuccessfully to speak with one of the officers identified by
Leftwich as being involved in the altercation.
((STEVEN LEFTWICH/DEFENDANT: WE'RE NOT TRYING TO CAUSE A LOT OF TROUBLE, WE
JUST WANT JUSTICE SERVED. WE DON'T WANT THIS TO HAPPEN TO ANYBODY ELSE. WE
JUST WANT THIS CUT OUT BECAUSE IT WAS WRONG... IT WAS JUST WRONG.))
BUTT, BUTT, BUTT
((WILLIAM HYDEN/DRIVER: MY COUSIN WAS TREATED LIKE AN ANIMAL, BEAT DOWN LIKE
ANIMAL WHEN HE DID NOTHING TO DESERVE IT. AND THEY HAD ME AT GUN POINT AND
BASICALLY LET ME WATCH HIM GET BEAT.))
Community leaders are concerned a fair trial is out of the question in
((PERNELLER WILSON/S.C.L.C. PRESIDENT: I WISH THAT THE CASE BE MOVED OUT OF
THE CITY OF ROANOKE, COMPLETELY OUT OF THE STATE... BECAUSE WE KNOW THE GOOD
OLE BOY NETWORK HERE. AND I DON'T FEEL THAT HE WOULD GET JUSTICE HERE TO START
(Ron ad lib)
Double Boxes=Keith and Ron/Microwave
Danville's police department is itself the target of two federal lawsuits.
Both outline serious allegations about how the department treats people.
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave
Teresa Hamilton has been following the story and joins us now from Danville.
Keith-- Jeffrey Williams is a former Danville police officer who says he was
fired for releasing confidential police information.
He claims the charges were trumped up because he was looking into
allegations of police misconduct.
IN Q=She spoke
SUPER=01-Jeffrey Williams/Former Danville Police Officer; :00 quick
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co.; :06 quick
SUPER=04-June 1994; :20
SUPER=01-Bill Hicklin/Williams' Attorney; 1:06
OUT Q=consider coming forward.
IN Q=She spoke
((JEFFREY WILLIAMS/FORMER DANVILLE POLICE OFFICER: THIS PERSON THAT I WAS
TAKING THIS COMPLAINT FROM HAD MORE THAN A LEGITIMATE COMPLAINT. ))
OUT Q=more than a legitimate complaint.
Jeffrey Williams is referring to allegations of police conduct made by his
distant relative, Pam Carter.
Williams say Carter was upset about the night she and her husband were
brought in for questioning surrounding the murder of a Danville Winn Dixie
He says Pam Carter complained she was in handcuffs and so scared she
urinated on herself, but wasn't allowed to change clothes.
No charges related to the case were ever filed against the couple-- but
Williams say the fact he looked into the matter cost him his job.
IN Q=During the investigation
((DURING THE INVESTIGATION, I FOUND OUT I HAD REPORTED THE COMPLAINT TO THE
PEOPLE SHE WAS COMPLAINING ON THAT'S WHEN I BELIEVE THINGS STARTED TURNING SOUR
OUT Q=sour toward me.
Bill Hicklin is Williams' attorney.
He thinks Williams' case was meant to be an example to other cops who question
the department's practices.
IN Q=Any suspicion
((BILL HICKLIN/WILLIAMS' ATTORNEY: ANY SUSPICION THAT ANY POLICE OFFICER WOULD
ACTUALLY COME FORWARD WITH WHAT'S ACTUALLY GOING ON IS INTOLERABLE AND THAT
OFFICER WILL BE FIRED TO SILENCE THAT OFFICER AND TO INTIMIDATE ANY OTHERS WHO
MIGHT CONSIDER COMING FORWARD.))
OUT Q=consider coming forward.
Keith, Danville Police Chief Neil Morris declined to comment on the case.
He also declined comment on another lawsuit, which was filed February first,
the same day as Williams.
Sam Sakellaris, Junior claims he was beaten by two police officers during a
routine traffic stop.
In his lawsuit, he alleges the practice was tolerated and encouraged by
Double Boxes=Keith and Teresa/Microwave
When a five- month old baby died last night at Community Hospital in
Roanoke, hospital security officers immediately arrested the FATHER of the
Before the baby died... hospital officials so strongly suspected it was a
case of deliberate child ABUSE... they called police and a social worker.
It turned out the father, 26-year old Gerry Griffis, was wanted in Florida.
Franklin County Sheriff Quint Overton says Griffis has lived in the Henry
area for at least the past year.
Warrants will not be sought in the child's death until an autopsy is
Griffis is being held in the Roanoke City jail on a fugitive warrant.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six--
the campaign to get tough with Virginia's juvenile offenders clears a hurdle--
and a little later... the future of two popular Roanoke road races is up in
the air, as the events' corporate sponsors bail out. We'll have details.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
It will take two weeks before blood tests reveal whether alcohol or drugs
contributed to the death of a Radford University student.
A funeral service for 18 year- old Valerie Alexis Cole is scheduled for
Wednesday in her home town of Manassas.
SUPER=03-Radford; Cole was found dead in her dorm room at Peery Hall
The university is planning a memorial service on campus.
Rumors have run rampant that Cole had been drinking at a fraternity party
Today a national officer from a fraternity arrived on campus and met with
university officials about the case.
Officials say they'll announce what actions they plan to take at a news
A tougher and more public juvenile justice system in Virginia got the
Senate's approval today.
But NOT without warnings of its potential "brutal" impact on children.
IN Q=We are probably
((SEN. YVONNE MILLER/D-NORFOLK: WE ARE PROBABLY THE SMARTEST PEOPLE ON EARTH,
BUT WE ARE NOT THE MOST FEELING PEOPLE ON EARTH. WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT
YOU MAY BE DOING IT TO OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN TODAY, BUT IT COULD VERY WELL BE
YOUR CHILDREN TOMORROW.))
SUPER=01-Sen. Yvonne Miller/(D) Norfolk;
OUT Q=children tomorrow.
Roanoke Senator John Edwards pushed amendments for more gradual reform --
and was one of five votes against the final bill.
IN Q=It could
((SEN. JACK REASOR/D-BLUEFIELD: IT COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT WORSE FROM YOUR
PERSPECTIVE. THOSE WHO WOULD SUPPORT THESE AMENDMENTS. THAN WHAT WE CAME OUT
SUPER=01-Sen. Jack Reasor/(D) Bluefield;
OUT Q=out with.
The House takes up the compromise already endorsed by the Governor tomorrow.
They're working on juvenile justice reform.
And Virginia lawmakers went to Richmond this year talking of education.
But it is the business of big business that has occupied a surprising amount
of General Assembly time in the first half of the 1996 session.
Ellen Qualls reports.
IN Q=Trigon wants
SUPER=01-Bob Holsworth/VCU Political Analyst; :19
SUPER=01-Jean Ann Fox/Va. Citizens Consumer Council; :43
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( Trigon wants to make private profits.
Virginia Power is pushing lawmakers to help protect its monopoly.
Doctors and insurance companies are battling over the bottom line.
Is the corporate Virginia that helped politicians pay for the Commonwealth's
most expensive campaigns ever now trying to stick it to Virginia voters?
((BOB HOLSWORTH/VCU POLITICAL ANALYST: I WOULDN'T PUT IT THAT WAY...AGAINST
Roanoke's Chip Woodrum has a bill in to de-regulate the heating gas
((JEAN ANN FOX/VA. CITIZENS CONSUMER COUNCIL: BUT THIS IS A
((HOLSWORTH: ON A NATIONAL LEVEL...COMPETITION.))
School funding -- especially for colleges -- will be an issue.
A handful of powerful legislators will deal with it in the final days -- in
closed door budget negotiations.
But the lobbyists who lurk in the capitol halls will tell you -- their high
dollar clients this year are doctors, hospitals, and insurance companies.
In 1992, Bill Clinton's unofficial campaign slogan became "It's the economy,
In 1996, in Richmond, lawmakers and analysts say they didn't expect it, but
it's health care, stupid.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
On Wall Street, the Dow gained 58 points, to close a fraction of a point
above 56-hundred... a new record.
NASDAQ gained JUST a fraction, also a record.
After just two months as a Lynchburg city councilman, Dr. Robert Vogel says
he'd like to stay on another four years.
Some of Vogel's fellow Republicans were on hand today as the eye surgeon
announced he would seek the Ward One council seat being vacated by Larry Carey.
Using his daughter's school as a backdrop, Vogel vowed to make quality
education one of his top priorities if he returns to council.
IN Q=This is not
((DR. ROBERT VOGEL/LYNCHBURG COUNCIL MEMBER: THIS IS NOT MEANT TO BE DIVISIVE
OR MICRO-MANIPULATIVE, IT'S MEANT ONLY TO KNOW WHERE THE MONEY IS GOING AND TO
FEEL LIKE I'VE DONE AN ADEQUATE JOB FOR THE TAXPAYERS OF LYNCHBURG IN
RECOGNIZING WHERE JUST SUCH A LARGE PERCENTAGE OF THE MONEY THEY PAY IN TAXES
SUPER=01-Dr. Robert Vogel/(R) Lynchburg Council Member; :00
OUT Q=in taxes is going.
Vogel was appointed to council last year to fill Delegate Preston Bryant's
at- large seat.
The GOP says it's unlikely he'll face opposition from within the party for
the Ward One nomination.
Students at Washington and Lee University predicted that Pat Buchanan would
win the G-O-P primary in Louisiana, and with the Iowa Caucuses on tap for
tonight, they're bullish on Bob Dole.
The students are preparing for the 1996 Mock Convention next month, in which
delegates will attempt to predict the presidential nominee for the republican
They say Dole has the best organization in Iowa, but they're looking for
strong performances from Steve Forbes and Lamar Alexander.
IN Q=Ever since we made our press release
((MARGARET FITTS/IOWA DELEGATION CHAIRMAN: EVER SINCE WE MADE OUR PRESS RELEASE
A COUPLE OF DAYS AGO, EVERYTHING'S BEEN CHANGING A LITTLE. DOLE IS STILL AHEAD,
THANK GOODNESS, BUT PEOPLE HAVE BEEN SAYING LAMAR ALEXANDER IS GOING TO BE THE
DARK HORSE AND IS PROBABLY GOING TO DO MUCH BETTER THAN EXPECTED.))
SUPER=01-Margaret Fitts/Iowa Delegation Chairman;
OUT Q=better than expected.
Every four years, the Mock Convention attempts to predict the presidential
nominee for the party out of power.
The students have missed only once since 1948.
Mike Stevens will join us live from Daytona, there is word that a former
Tech assistant has filled a coaching spot with the Pittsburgh Steelers,
and heavy weight contender Tommy Morrison has been KO'd out of the ring. He
has tested HIV positive.
The final week of preparations before this sunday's Daytona 500 began early
Mike Stevens now checks in from a chilly World Center of Racing.
SUPER=06-Daytona Beach, FL;
RollCue=be a breeze in more ways than one.
SOT ****Rolled from the Truck********
SUPER=04-This Morning; :00
SUPER=01-Ricky Rudd/Tide Ford Driver ;:17
SUPER=01-Jeremy Mayfield/RCA Ford Driver; :29
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Quality Care Ford Driver ;:49
OUT Q=good people.
Mike adlibs to Second tape
Rollcue his itinerary this week.
SOT *********Rolled from Truck*******
SUPER=01-Jeff Gordon/1995 Winston Cup Champ; :18
OUT Q=a fun night.
First, Magic Johnson, and now yet another high profile professional
athlete, this time a boxer, has been inflicted with a killer.
IN Q="Tommy Morrison...
((TONY HOLDEN/MORRISON'S MANAGER:))
SUPER=01-Tony Holden/Morrison's Manager; :00
He was supposed to fight Saturday. The announcement came in an afternoon
news conference today. Morrison is having more tests done and is spending time
with his family but did release a statement.
IN Q="I feel
The VMI Keydets will try and win their 16th straight at Cameron Hall
tonight against their old coach Joe Cantafio.
Cantafio left VMI in 1994 to coach at Southern Conference Furman. He
coached at VMI from 1987 to 1994 and several Keydets were in his recruiting
IN Q="We should
((LAWRENCE GULLETTE/VMI FORWARD:))
((BOBBY PRINCE/VMI POINT GUARD:))
SUPER=01-Lawrence Gullette/VMI Forward; :00
SUPER=01-Bobby Prince/VMI Point Guard; :11
OUT Q=...another team"
Newspaper reports out of Florida are reporting today that former Virginia
Tech football assistant Ron Zook has been named the defensive Coordinator for
the Pittsburgh Steelers.
SUPER=03-Gainesville, FL; :00
In five years at Florida, Zook has served as defensive coordinator, special
teams coach and associate head coach. He was Frank Beamer's first defensive
coordinator back in 1987. He was at Tech just that year. (-------------)
The Roanoke Valley may lose its two largest running events.
First Union will stop sponsoring the First Union Festival Classic.
The five-and-10-k races have taken place for more than a decade during
Roanoke's Festival In The Park.
And Shenandoah Life and Musselwhite Associates say after eight straight
years they will not hold their annual race.
A renovation and a systems conversion will prevent Shenandoah Life from
IN Q=People just
((DONNA MUSSELWHITE/SHENANDOAH LIFE INSURANCE: PEOPLE JUST HAVE SUCH AN
INCREDIBLE WORKLOAD THAT WE WERE HAVING TROUBLE GETTING THE MANPOWER TOGETHER
TO PUT THE RACE ON.))
SUPER=01-Donna Musselwhite/Shenandoah Life Insurance;
OUT Q=put the race on.
Festival In The Park organizers may have someone to replace First Union.
The bank will soon begin sponsoring some community education projects.
Shenandoah Life workers will plan to lend their expertise in running an
event like theirs to some other races in our area.
Virginia Tech police are investigating the death of a graduate student found
dead on campus this afternoon.
A student walking near Lane Stadium reported finding a woman's clothes.
We'll have more on the story tonight at 11.
Police found the body around 3:00.