The death of a Radford student prompts the University to suspend two
fraternities... the issue drinking parties at Chi Phi and Pi Kappa Phi.
We'll also hear from the Virginia Tech student who says she was raped by
Tech football players who got preferential treatment.
Mike on Tape
coming up in Sports
Radford University has suspended two fraternities from campus pending the
investigation of the weekend death of a freshman student.
Pi Kappa Phi and Chi Phi allegedly violated alcohol guidelines at two
parties police say 18- year- old Valerie Cole is believed to have attended
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Valerie Cole went to bed
SUPER=01-Jim Hicks/Greek Affairs Coordinator;:35
SUPER=01-Chris Miller/IFC President-elect;:48
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Valerie Cole went to bed in her dorm room at four o-clock Saturday morning
and never woke up.
She had been out with friends the night before, and according to police
members of the fraternities reported seeing her at their parties.
Authorities allege Chi Phi and Pi Kappa Phi violated the Interfraternity
Council's Risk Management guidelines concerning alcohol at both parties.
Besides the university suspensions, both fraternities' national offices have
suspended their Radford charters.
To now, fraternities had policed themselves.
Greek Affairs Coordinator Jim Hicks says he's looking for ways to strengthen
((JIM HICKS/GREEK AFFAIRS COORDINATOR: I WAS IN THE PROCESS OF WORKING WITH
THE IFC AND WORKING WITH SOME NATIONAL CONSULTANTS TO DEVELOP SOME MORE
PROACTIVE POLICIES AND MAYBE EMPOWERING THE IFC TO GET OUT THERE AND ENFORCE
((CHRIS MILLER/IFC PRESIDENT-ELECT: WE CAN ALWAYS WORK TO IMPROVE IT IN THE
FUTURE, AND I THINK THAT IS NOW IN THE FOREFRONT OF EVERYBODY'S MINDS. THAT'S
AN IMPORTANT THING TO BE THINKING ABOUT AT THIS POINT.))
Authorities could not say whether Cole consumed any alcohol at either party.
They're waiting for blood tests to determine whether alcohol was a factor in
her death. Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
Meanwhile, Virginia Tech police are hoping toxicology tests will also shed
some light on the death of a graduate student there.
An autopsy today ruled out physical injuries in the death of 26 year- old
Gillespie's body was found inside a fenced- in R-O-T-C repelling area at
Her friend and teacher, English professor Anne Cheney says Gillespie's death
is a huge creative loss.
((ANNE CHENEY/ASSOC. ENGLISH PROFESSOR: THERESA IS ONE OF THE MOST BRILLIANT
WRITERS I HAVE EVER KNOWN, AND I'VE BEEN TEACHING HERE OVER 20 YEARS. ))
SUPER=01-Anne Cheney/Assoc. English Professor;
OUT Q=over 20 years.
Gillespie hadn't been seen since she left her husband and Cheney at
Maxwell's in Blacksburg, where the two women were celebrating the success of a
book of poems they collaborated on.
Cheney says Gillespie said she wasn't feeling well and left early.
((HORRIBLE WHAT-IFS. LIKE SHOULD I HAVE FOLLOWED HER HOME THAT NIGHT? BUT
THERE WASN'T ANY REASON TO THINK I SHOULD'VE. ))
OUT Q=to think I should've.
No one reported Gillespie missing.
A student found her body yesterday.
The former Virginia Tech student who says she was raped by two Tech
football players is telling her story ...selectively.
Christy Brzonkala filed an eight million dollar lawsuit in federal court,
then sold her story to the tabloid television show, "American Journal."
Her complaint focuses on Tony Morrison who was originally suspended for two
semester's then allowed to return to Tech in time for the fall football season.
IN Q=I was mad
((CHRISTY BRZONKALA: I WAS MAD. I WAS MAD AS HELL. I WAS SO ANGRY.))
OUT Q=was so angry.
Brzonkala's friends and family say Christy's self image was shattered.
She attempted suicide over the incident with Morrison and James Crawford.
((THEY TORE ME APART. THEY RUINED MY LIFE.))
OUT Q=ruined my life.
Though she did not go to police when the incident occurred in 1994, the
Attorney General has since ordered a State Police investigation.
A grand jury has indicted a Martinsville elementary school teacher for
allegedly taking indecent liberties with a former student.
59- year- old Anna Corbin has been suspended without pay from her job at
Albert Harris Elementary School.
Corbin has taught there for 33 years.
The alleged victim, now 29 years old, says the abuse started in 1978, when
she was 11.
She says it continued for the next 11 years.
IN Q=I think that
((RANDY SMITH/MARTINSVILLE COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: I THINK THAT SHE HAD
THOUGHT ABOUT IT AND WAS CONCERNED THAT POSSIBLY THERE MIGHT HAVE BEEN A CHANCE
THAT OTHER CHILDREN MIGHT BE EXPOSED TO THIS TYPE OF THING. SHE BASICALLY CAME
FORWARD SEVEN, EIGHT MONTHS AGO.))
SUPER=01-Randy Smith/Martinsville Commonwealth's Attorney;
OUT Q=eight months ago
Meanwhile, school officials say they don't recall a similar incident ever
happening there-- and they're stunned by this one.
IN Q=It's a shock
((HAROLD LAMM/MARTINSVILLE SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: IT'S A SHOCK TO HEAR OF SUCH
ALLEGATIONS AND WE WILL HAVE TO LET THE LEGAL SYSTEM RUN ITS COURSE TO FIND OUT
THE FULL DETAILS OF THE MATTER.))
SUPER=01-Harold Lamm/Martinsville School Superintendent;
OUT Q=of the matter
Lamm says students will receive counseling, as needed.
Corbin, who was suspended yesterday, is scheduled to appear in court March
The man accused of attacking two Roanoke city police officers and a state
trooper made another court appearance today...to face additional charges in
connection with the same incident.
Steven Leftwich made his second court appearance this morning to face NEW
charges of possesion of marijuana and another charge of malicious wounding.
The charges were filed yesterday afternoon.
It all started 3:30 Sunday morning during a traffic stop when police say
Leftwich fought with them and grabbed an officer's gun.
Some community leaders are critical of the new drug charge.
IN Q=I question it.
((PERNELLER WILSON/S.C.L.C. PRESIDENT: I QUESTION IT. IT SORT OF REMINDS ME OF
SOME OF THE THINGS WE SEE ON T.V. THE INCIDENT THAT HAPPENED IN PHILADELPHIA
WHERE THE POLICE HAD PLANTED DRUGS TO BUILD UP THEIR FACTS. I CANNOT SAY THIS
IS HAPPENING IN ROANOKE BUT IT HAS BEEN KNOWN TO HAPPEN BEFORE TO BUILD UP
THEIR CASE... SO I DO QUESTION IT. HOW COME THEY DIDN'T CHARGE HIM DAY ONE
SUPER=01-Perneller Wilson/S.C.L.C. President;
OUT Q=one with this.
Chief Hooper says it took more than 30- hours to charge Leftwich because one
of the officers was recovering from his injures and was unable to contact the
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on the broadcast, a guilty plea in a capitol murder case in
the Valley, the local P-T-A voices its opinion on make up days,
and as the General Assembly makes moves on concealed weapons, the luck finally
runs out for Riverboat Gambling.
wx ad lib
MUSIC UP FULL
SUPER=#C-380; Weather Roll
If you're pro- gun rights and anti- abortion, Virginia's General Assembly
worked for you today.
Today is crossover day -- the day each chamber must act on its own
legislation and pass it to the other.
It's traditionally the day the most controversial bills are finally forced
into the public eye.
Ellen Qualls wraps up some of the action.
IN Q=How are we
SUPER=01-Sen. Joe Gartlan/(D) Fairfax; :00
SUPER=01-Sen. Jack Reasor/(D) Bluefield; :30
SUPER=01-Sen. Janet Howell/(D) Reston; :56
SUPER=01-Saslaw/(D) Fairfax; 1:07
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
((SEN. JOE GARTLAN: ))
The Senate moved to relax the state's new concealed weapons bill in two
rapid fire actions.
First, allowing court clerks to hand out permits without a judge's review.
((SEN. JACK REASOR: I THINK MOST OF OUR CLERKS AND THEIR DEPUTIES TAKE THEIR
DUTIES VERY SERIOUSLY. THE KIND OF CHARGE THAT WOULD BE PLACED AGAINST THOSE
OFFICIALS -- YOU COULD SAY THE SAME THING ABOUT SOME JUDGES IN THIS STATE.))
The second would allow concealed guns into restaurants and bars that serve
It's a change Virgil Goode fought for an lost on last year.
((SEN. VIRGIL GOODE: AND THERE'S NO PROHIBITION NOW ON WEARING IT IN A HOLSTER
TO ANY PLACE THAT SERVES ALCOHOL ON OR OFF PREMISES.))
((SEN. JANET HOWELL: IF THEY'RE ALLOWING CONCEALED WEAPONS IN, MY FAMILY AIN'T
((SEN. DICK SASLAW: YOU CAN'T DRINK AND DRIVE. YOU CAN'T DRINK AND FLY A
PLANE. BUT YOU CAN DRINK AND PACK HEAT.))
The Senate also made what could be a landmark declaration for abortion
opponents: that a fetus is a person.
It passed a bill that would make killing a fetus -- outside of lawful
abortions -- first degree murder.
((MEANWHILE, THE HOUSE OF DELEGATES HAS FINALLY PASSED WHAT SUPPORTERS CALL A
TRUE PARENTAL NOTIFICATION BILL. IT WOULD MEAN THAT ONLY PARENTS -- NOT
GRANDPARENTS, ADULT SIBLINGS, AUNTS OR UNCLES -- COULD APPROVE A MINOR
DAUGHTER'S ABORTION. THE GOVERNOR WAS SO HAPPY HE CAME AND SOUGHT OUT
REPORTERS TO TELL THEM HE WOULD SIGN THE BILL IF IT PASSES THE SENATE. ELLEN
QUALLS, NEWS 7, RICHMOND.))
Moments ago, the House of Delegates sunk riverboat gambling for another
And with it, the Virginia Lottery's Powerball and keno proposals.
That makes a statement about state- sanctioned gambling -- and leaves a 70-
million dollar hole in the Governor's budget.
The second man charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Randall
Carter pled guilty today.
Michael James Houser was convicted of robbery and first- degree murder.
Houser entered Carter's house on Memorial Avenue with Thomas Arthur Burton
The two men robbed and shot Carter.
Burton was also convicted of first- degree murder and is awaiting
Houser will be sentenced in April.
It took a late rally to do so, but the stock market finished the day in
The DOW was up, but just by a point, closing slightly over 56-hundred-one.
Nasdaq LOST eight points.
A two- million dollar lawsuit has been filed in the case of a foundry worker
killed in an industrial accident.
SUPER=03-Roanoke/October 12, 1993
David McAlpin of Troutville suffered fatal injuries when an "annealing oven"
exploded two years ago.
The blast blew the doors off the oven, striking the 52-year old foundry
supervisor in the head.
The claim is against the maker of the oven- -not Walker Machine and Foundry
where the incident occurred.
In court papers, the attorneys for McAlpin's widow maintain Leeds and
Northrup- -among others- -failed to provide adequate instructions and warnings
and, they say, the safety valve on the oven was defective.
Roanoke City School officials and P.T.A. members are doing some extra
homework to figure out how to make up snow days.
Students missed 11 days during this winter's storms.
The central council P-T-A met this morning.
Officials say the first preferred option for making up time is to use three
days of Spring Break.
The second option is to extend the school day.
The school superintendent will take the recommendations to the school board
meeting next Tuesday.
That's when they're expected to decide on the make- up plan.
Speedweek rolls on at Daytona; Mike Stevens will join us for a report, The
Cowboys meet the president,
and the Roanoke Express was back on the ice this morning; words from player
and coach in sports.
The Express is coming off three divisional wins in three days.
and is with in three points of third place South Carolina.
Roanoke began practicing for this weekend's Friday/saturday games against
the stingrays this morning. The Rays are 11-OH and 1 in their last 12 road
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Coach; :00
SUPER=01-Jason Clarke/19 Goals-16 Assists; :14
OUT Q=...from there"
Speed Weeks 96 continued in Daytona today with a lot of practice and
Double Boxes=Steve and Mike/StarLink
Mike Stevens and photographer Lynn Eller have been following the hot laps
and they now check in from the start-finish line via StarLink.
Mike Ad Lib
Tape Rolled From Truck
(rollcue:...while the weather in Florida has been a little unsettling the
action on the track has been uncharacteristically calm.)
SUPER=04-Winston Cup Practice; :00
SUPER=01-Rusty Wallace/Driver - Miller Ford; :22
SUPER=01-Ernie Irvan/Driver - Havoline Ford; :38
SUPER=01-Rick Mast/Driver - Hooters Pontiac; 1:06
OUT Q=hold it wide open
(Mike Ad Lib into vo)
VO TAPE ROLLED FROM TRUCK
Double Boxes=Steve and Mike/StarLink
The Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys met the President today at the White
SUPER=03-Washington, DC; :00
The champs strolled in for their meeting with Bill Clinton. Team owner
Jerry Jones presented the President with the White House's third super Bowl
Counterfeit goods are costing American businesses billions of dollars and
thousands of jobs every year, and at least one Congressman wants to do
something about it.
Sixth District representative Bob Goodlatte says there are dozens of
counterfeit products on the market that most consumers are probably not aware
He's sponsoring a measure that would put more teeth in the United States'
IN Q=We also have
((REP. BOB GOODLATTE/R- SIXTH DISTRICT: WE ALSO HAVE TO BE ABLE TO INTERCEPT
THE GOODS AND DO SOMETHING WITH THEM AND HAVE THE ABILITY OF LAW ENFORCEMENT TO
MORE EFFECTIVELY CRACK DOWN WHEN THEY FIND IT GOING ON IN THIS COUNTRY.))
SUPER=01-Rep. Bob Goodlatte/(R) 6th District; :00
OUT Q=in this country.
Goodlatte says his bill would allow customs officials to destroy the fake
products when they're discovered, rather than simply ship them back.
He hopes the measure, which has bi- partisan support, will be signed into
law later this year.
GRAPHIC=Center in Square
Roanoke's Center In The Square is the cornerstone of the city's revitalized
downtown market, which was recently named one of 63 great public places in
Now Roanoke's cultural complex has received one of 25 National Excellence
Awards recognizing outstanding solutions to urban problems.
The people who made Center In The Square a reality say its biggest
accomplishment is how it helped revive the downtown area after a long decline.
IN Q=There have
((WARNER DALHOUSE/CENTER IN THE SQUARE BOARD MEMBER: THERE HAVE BEEN OVER 250
MILLION DOLLARS WORTH OF DEVELOPMENT IN THIS DOWNTOWN AREA SINCE CENTER IN THE
SQUARE CAME ONSTREAM, AND OVER 165 NEW BUSINESSES HAVE BEEN CREATED IN A
DOWNTOWN AREA WITHIN THREE BLOCKS OF THIS BUILDING.))
SUPER=01-Warner Dalhouse/Center In The Square Bd. Member;
OUT Q=of this building.
The Center's design will be showcased at an international convention for
cities later this year.