The campaign for the presidency kicks off in Iowa,
and there's a claim of police brutality in Roanoke.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
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Steven Leftwich appeared in court this morning, charged with attacking two
Roanoke City police officers and a state trooper this weekend.
The incident landed him in the hospital and later in jail.
Ron Jones was in court this morning and is now in the newsroom with an
Melanie, Leftwich appeared in court with an army of citizen support behind
He claims police beat him for no reason.
However, police officials say that's not true.
IN Q=The incident happened
SUPER=01-Steven Leftwich/Defendant; :34
SUPER=01-William Hyden/Driver; :41
OUT Q=watch him get beat
(( The incident happened Sunday morning on Campbell Avenue around 3:30.
The driver 25-year-old William Hyden says the police pulled him over for a
broken taillight and asked him if he'd been drinking.
He says during the stop police pulled Leftwich out of the passenger seat and
He says that's when the beating began.
However, police say Leftwich resisted arrest and fought with the officers
and bit one of them as they attempted to take him into custody.
We tried to speak with one of the officers but he refused.
((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.))
((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.))
Roanoke police issued a news release this weekend about the incident. We
attempted to get an on-camera comment today but were refused.
One question that remains unanswered by police--why was the car intially
The Mayor is now asking for an internal investigation and a state
Meanwhile Leftwich's trial on assault and resisting arrest charges is set
for next month.
(Q&A/mel: Ron, what is the community's reaction to this?)
In Iowa today, the final stretch of the hot Republican presidential race.
With polls showing Bob Dole in the lead, the battle for second is heating
Sandra Hughes has more.
IN Q=making their
SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate; :13
SUPER=01-Dennis Goldford/Drake University; :34
SUPER=01-Steve Forbes/(R) Presidential Candidate; :57
SUPER=01-Pat Buchanan/(R) Presidential Candidate; 1:23
SUPER=01-Lamar Alexander/(R) Presidential Candidate; 1:40
SUPER=01-Sandra Hughes/Reporting; 1:53
OUT Q= Sandra Hughes, CBS News, Des Moines
A 300-car pileup this morning in northern Italy has killed eleven people
and injured hundreds.
Officials say the the chain- reaction wreck occured on a fogged in highway.
The death toll is expected to rise, as rescue teams cut victims from the mass
of mangled metal and shattered glass.
Witnesses say some of the vehicles were crushed like accordions.
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In another highway tragedy, crews in Northern Japan today blasted the side
of a mountain with dynamite in a new attempt to reach 20 people trapped in a
A giant boulder plunged off the mountainside Saturday and crashed through
the tunnel roof, burying a bus and a car.
Hopes are fading for those trapped inside, including eight youngsters and
several elderly people.
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come --
News 7 goes to jail - we'll SHOW you why,
and is the entertainment at one Montgomery County nightspot too much to bare?
That's a question residents will have to answer tonight.
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It could be two weeks before it's revealed how a Radford University student
An autopsy was performed this morning on Valerie Cole, but lab results are
The 18- year- old's body was discovered in her dorm around 10:30 Saturday
Radford officials say Cole was last seen by another student about six hours
Police do not suspect foul play.
Fire officials say a 10- year old girl playing with a lighter sparked a
blaze last night in Roanoke.
It happened on Bluestone Avenue at about 9 o'clock.
Officials say smoke detectors allowed the residents to escape without
IN Q=The occupants
((GARRY BASHAM/DISTRICT FIRE CHIEF:THE OCCUPANTS DID GET OUT DUE TO THE FACT
THAT THE SMOKE ALARMS WERE WORKING. WHICH MEANS THAT THIS IS A VERY IMPORTANT
THING THAT YOU DO HAVE SMOKE DETECTORS AND THAT THEY DO WORK. ))
SUPER=01-Garry Basham/District Fire Chief;
OUT Q=DO WORK.
The fire caused about five-thousand dollars worth of damage.
Montgomery County officials take up the issue of exotic dancing tonight in a
In the spotlight, Juicie's night club.
But another club in Radford, Bumper's Cafe, is sharing the limelight and
will be discussed at the next CITY meeting.
Jay Moore is center stage with the story.
IN Q=Juicie's re-opened
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./January 26; :00
SUPER=01-Roy Thorpe/Montgomery Co. Attorney; :13
OUT Q=Moore, News7.
((Juicie's re-opened after being closed for alleged obscene performances.
Charges were dropped against three dancers at the request of the
commonwealth's attorney who says the state law was too vague.
Now the county is presenting a new local ordinance at the hearing.
IN Q=It'll be presented
((ROY THORPE/MONTGOMERY CO. ATTORNEY: IT'LL BE PRESENTED TO THE BOARD OF
SUPERVISORS FOR THEIR CONSIDERATION. NO DECISION HAS BEEN MADE YET. BUT
BEFORE THEY DECIDE THEY'LL GET TO HEAR WHAT THE MONTGOMERY COUNTY PEOPLE REALLY
OUT Q=really want.
The county is following the language of a Virginia Beach ordinance.
When that ordinance was passed, some restaurants and clubs filed suit ...
saying it was an infringement of their freedom of speech.
IN Q=That went up
((THORPE: THAT WENT UP TO THE SUPREME COURT OF VIRGINIA AND THE COURT FOUND
THAT IT WAS NOT AN INTRUSION AND BASICALLY THE IDEA THAT THE PUBLIC DOES HAVE A
RIGHT TO EXPECT CERTAIN COMMUNITY STANDARDS BE UPHELD AND PUBLIC DECENCIES TO
OUT Q=to be protected.
The public hearing will be held at seven o'clock in the Montgomery County
Jay Moore, News 7, Montgomery County. ))
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come,
Success is sweet for a businesswoman in Patrick County,
and the hit video game and movie Mortal Kombat comes to life on stage in
we'll have a preview next.
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The new annex at the Roanoke City Jail is in its final stages of completion.
Jail officials say that they hope to move inmates into the new area by next
The annex will house 331- more inmates--bringing the total number that the
jail can hold to eight-hundred- four.
Though the new addition will allow for more people to be housed in the
jail--TECHNOLOGY has kept the number of personnel needed DOWN.
New security systems let officers monitor the jail and the outside of the
building from one room.
IN Q=The two objectives
((MAJOR G.M. McMILLAN/ROANOKE CITY JAIL; THE TWO OBJECTIVES WERE SECURITY FOR
THE INMATES, BUT MOSTLY FOR THE CITIZENS AND THE SECOND WAS COST EFFECTIVENESS.
WE DID NOT WANT TO HAVE TO SPEND A PENNY MORE THAN WE HAD TO.))
SUPER=01-Maj. G.M. McMillan/Roanoke City Jail;
OUT Q=WE HAD TO.
By building the annex onto the existing jail--facilities like the kitchen,
laundry and library can be shared between the two areas.
If you're a child, a teenager, a parent or just a big kid yourself you have
undoubtedly heard of Mortal Kombat.
First the popular video game, then a hit feature film.
SUPER=04-Mortal Kombat, The Live Tour;
Now you can experience firsthand the action and adventure of Mortal Kombat.
The live tour is coming to the Roanoke Civic Center February 22nd.
It features world-class martial arts experts, state of the art special
effects and illusions, laser lighting and stunts found in the movie and video
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
One of the performers joins us this afternoon to tell us more about the
Jon Valera stars as Kano, he is also a Roanoke native.
How did you get involved with this project?
SUPER=01-Jon Valera/"Kano," Mortal Kombat;
(Tell us more about what audiences can expect to see at the show)
(As we mentioned you portray the part of Kano, tell us about your part.)
(Tell us about your training and background in Martial Arts, I understand
you've won a few national titles?)
(Some say that shows like Mortal Combat or the Power Rangers are too violent
for children, how do you answer the critics?)
(You're orginally from Roanoke, what has been like touring the country?)
Mortal Kombat, The Live Tour is Thursday February 22nd, 7:00 P-M at the
Roanoke Civic Center.
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Valentine's Day is just around the corner, and if your sweetheart has a
sweet tooth, we've got the perfect place to do your shopping.
Len Besthoff and photographer Dennis Brown take us inside one of the
state's SWEETEST secrets in our latest installment of Made In Virginia.
IN Q=Nat Sot
SUPER=03-Meadows of Dan; :06
SUPER=01-Nancy Galli/Nancy's Homemade Fudge; :27
SUPER=01-Bradley Vaughn/Nancy's Homemade Fudge; 1:04
OUT Q=Nat Sot
The 20-plus employees at Nancy's Homemade Fudge in Patrick County make more
than a thousand pounds of fudge a day.
But this small factory nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains makes more than
The hobby Nancy Galli turned into a business has annual sales topping one
million dollars a year.
((NANCY GALLI/NANCY'S HOMEMADE FUDGE: WE DO SELL ACROSS THE UNITED STATES. WE
ALSO HAVE SOME CANADA CUSTOMERS, AND WE ALSO A CUSTOMER IN MEXICO, AND WE HAVE
ONE IN BERMUDA.))
Nancy's Fudge has beaten out a lot of competitors by selling nearly every
flavor imaginable, and doing labor intensive things that other candy makers
((GALLI: WE OFFER TO THE RETAIL, THE RETAILER, AN OPPORTUNITY TO BUY OUR CANDY
IN SMALL AMOUNTS, SO THAT THEY CAN ALWAYS KEEP IT FRESH ON THEIR SHELVES. AND
I THINK THAT HAS REALLY HELPED US GET OUR LITTLE NICHE IN THE CANDY MARKET.))
That requires a staff with a good knowledge of how to properly make the
company's primary product.
((BRADLEY VAUGHN/NANCY'S HOMEMADE FUDGE: MOSTLY SUGAR, AND YOU PUT IN A LOT OF
MILK AND BUTTER, AND YOU PUT IT IN THE KETTLE HERE AND HEAT IT UP, YOU COOK IT
YOU KNOW, 15, 20 MINUTES AT A GOOD HOT TEMPERATURE. ONCE WE POUR IT WE PUT IT
IN A COOLING ROOM OVER HERE AND COOL IT FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS BEFORE WE PACKAGE
IT UP AND SEND IT OUT.))
Galli's secret to keeping a petite frame in a fudge factory?; eat in
As for the size of her COMPANY, she plans to keep it small too.
Len Besthoff, for Made In Virginia.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was
UP almost 44 points.
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Patrick Evans tells us why Michael Jordan was booed last night,
and he'll tell us what happened to the folks involved in this crash down in
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In N-B-A All Star action last night, the East beat the West 129 to 118 in
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX/NBC SPORTS; :
Scottie Pippen gets the steal and passes to Hardaway.
Michael Jordan takes it from there and gets the basket, as the East takes
the lead in the third quarter.
The West cut the double-digit lead to 9 in the fourth with this play by
He takes the rebound SUPER=32-East/129/West/118;and passes to Jason Kidd
Kidd throws to Seattle's Shawn Kemp for the slam, but the East wins it 129
Shaquille O'Neal led the East with a game-high 25 points.
But Jordan was named the game's M-V-P.
Fans booed after the announcement, and Jordan left the trophy behind
following the post-game news conference.
The Roanoke Express steamrolled the Charlotte Checkers in Sunday's matinee
at the Roundhouse.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Express vs. Checkers;
Roanoke was primed for the victory after beating Richmond Saturday night.
Ilya Dubkov kept things going by slipping the puck between the goaltender's
legs, and the Express led 2 to nothing after the first.
They had a three goal lead before the visiting Checkers got on the board.
J.F. Aube knocked in this rebound,
but a solid performance by Matt Del Guidice
kept Charlotte at bay and the Express wins it 4 to 2.
Dale Jarrett picked up a victory for Ford yesterday in Daytona to win the
SUPER=03-Daytona, FL/CBS SPORTS; :
Rick Mast led the first lap of the first segment, Sterling Marlin took the
lead on the second lap of the sprint.
Dale Earnhardt started in the back and remained there for the rest of the
Marlin led the final nine laps to win the first segment.
In the second segment of the race, the field was inverted with Earnhardt
He led the field for a couple of laps, but Jarrett made a move and passed
six cars on the first lap - he went on to win his first Busch clash.
((DALE JARRETT/BUSCH CLASH WINNER: EVERYONE SEEMED TO BE WANTING TO FOLLOW
EARNHARDT THERE, AND SO I JUST DECIDED TO GO TO THE INSIDE, AND I HAD SOME GOOD
HELP FROM THE BACK, AND YOU KNOW, JUST FORTUNATE THAT THINGS WORKED OUT. I HAD
AN AWFUL GOOD CAR. I MEAN THE ENGINE WORKED OUT, THE CHASSIS WORKED GREAT,
JUST A TRIBUTE TO THESE GUYS FOR GETTING THIS CAR READY. ))
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Busch Clash Winner;
OUT Q= .....who knows."
SUPER=03-Daytona, FL/CBS SPORTS; :
Also at Daytona yesterday, a spectacular crash during the ARCA race.
On the last lap, a group of cars came together in turn four.
One goes high and hits the wall but the car driven by Bob Hill flips over
several times at the bottom of the track and catches on fire.
No one was seriously injured in the crash and Hill was able to free
himself from the wreckage and walk away.
(***********patrick toss to mel**********)
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot
Coming up today on Health Check,
A report on infertility, a problem plaguing millions of couples.
Plus, body sugaring....it's an ancient form of hair removal, now practiced
in this region.
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