Two deaths in as many days--- authorities look for answers following the
mysterious deaths of two southwest Virginia college students.
And in Hollywood, Oscar nominations are announced for the 68th Academy
A brief respite from the clouds will end tonight, with a possibility of
VERY light precipitation. I'll tell you all about it coming up from the News 7
Don't go away, the news is next.
The investigation into the death of a Radford University student has
prompted the university to suspend two fraternities for possible alcohol
18 year- old Valerie Cole was found dead in her dorm room Saturday.
Blood tests must still determine whether her death was alcohol- related.
But officials say evidence indicates Cole attended parties Friday night
hosted by Chi (KYE) Phi and Pi (Pye) Kappa Phi, where both fraternities
allegedly violated several alcohol policies.
((JIM HICKS/RU GREEK AFFAIRS COORD.: WE WILL BE CONTINUING TO QUESTION STUDENTS
AND THE MEMBERS OF THE FRATERNITIES TO REALLY GET AT THE SPECIFICS OF WHAT
HAPPENED THAT NIGHT AND TO SEE IF THERE WERE MORE VIOLATIONS THAN WE MIGHT BE
AWARE OF. ))
SUPER=01-Jim Hicks/RU Greek Affairs Coord.;
OUT Q=be aware of.
The national offices of both fraternities have also suspended the charters
at Radford pending the outcome of the investigation.
Yesterday, Virginia Tech police recovered a body of a graduate student on
The Associated Press quotes police as saying they also suspect alcohol may
have played a role in the death.
Tracy Altizer has the story.
IN Q=27 year- old Theresa
SUPER=01-David Nutter/University Relations;:15
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( 27 year- old Theresa Cortney Gillespie was working on her masters degree
Her husband, Clyde Gillespie says she was a published poet.
Her body was found inside a fenced- in ROTC repelling area, with no VISIBLE
signs of foul play.
((DAVID NUTTER/UNIVERSITY RELATIONS: A STUDENT WAS COMING THROUGH THIS PATH
AREA THAT'S HEAVILY TRAVELED BY STUDENTS AND SAW SOME CLOTHES IN SOME LEAVES.
HE THOUGHT IT LOOKED SUSPICIOUS, HE CALLED THE VIRGINIA TECH POLICE, WE SENT
SOME OFFICERS OVER AROUND 2:30 OR 3:00 AND THAT'S WHEY THEY DISCOVERED THAT
THERE WAS A BODY THERE. ))
Gillespie's husband told News-7 he last saw Theresa Saturday when they had
dinner at Maxwell's in Blacksburg.
He says he didn't report her missing because she had taken trips with
friends without telling him before.
The couple lived on Harrell Street in Blacksburg. Theresa's body was found
just a couple of blocks away, in an area where her husband says the two often
went jogging together.
Her body has been sent for an autopsy to determine how she died.
Tracy Altizer, News 7.))
In Roanoke --
Another man charged in the shooting death of Randall Carter pleaded guilty
Twenty-four-year-old Michael James Houser was convicted of robbery and first
Carter was shot in his Memorial Avenue home last June after Houser and
another man entered his house.
Houser was also shot in the incident.
The Commonwealth's Attorney says that a harsh sentencing recommendation can
IN Q=I won't be
((DON CALDWELL/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY; I WON'T BE ABLE TO TELL YOU WHAT WE
RECOMMEND UNTIL WE SEE BOTH PRESENTENCE REPORTS. REGARDLESS, I THINK YOU CAN
ANTICIPATE THAT WE WILL RECOMMEND A VERY HEAVY PUNISHMENT IN THIS CASE-IT WAS A
VERY SENSELESS CRIME.))
OUT Q=SENSELESS CRIME
Houser is expected to be sentenced on April 9th.
The man accused of attacking two Roanoke City Police officers and a State
Trooper during a traffic stop also appeared in court to face more charges this
Now police are saying drugs were found.
Ron Jones was at the courthouse earlier, and is now in our newsroom with the
Melanie, Steven Leftwich was charged Sunday with assault and malicious
wounding of three officers.
However, yesterday police went to the magistrate again and issued two new
charges of possession of marijuana and another charge of malicious wounding.
IN Q=Steven Leftwich arm
SUPER=01-Perneller Wilson/S.C.L.C. President; :27
OUT Q=one with this.
(( Steven Leftwich arm and arm with family members made his second appearance
in as many days.
His new charges of possesion of marijuana and malicious wounding were read
by the judge.
It all started 3:30 Sunday morning when Leftwich was a passenger in a car
that was pulled over for a broken tail light.
The driver William Hayden, says Leftwich was ordered out of the car and
that's when the incident occurred.
Some community leaders are suspicious about the second charge.
((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 WITH
Roanoke Police and State Police say there is an internal affairs
investigation going on at this time.
However, Chief Hooper and an official with state police say this procedure
is routine anytime force is used.
And they stated they would not make any comment until the investigation is
(mel - Q&A: Ron, why did it take the police more than thirty hours to charge
Leftwich with possession of the marijuana.)
Meantime, serious allegations are being lodged against the Danville Police
Jeffrey Williams, a former officer, claims he was fired for looking into
charges of police misconduct.
He wants a jury to restore his badge and his reputation.
Teresa Hamilton has the story.
IN Q=This person
SUPER=01-Jeffrey Williams/Former 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=Hamilton, News 7, Danville.
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 misconduct 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.
Danville's police chief isn't commenting on Williams' case, nor that of a
Sam Sakellaris, Junior says he was beaten by two Danville police officers
during a routine traffic stop.
In his lawsuit, he further alleges, the practice was tolerated and
encouraged by upper brass. Teresa Hamilton, News 7.))
HARD MUSIC UNDER
When News 7 returns,
Exotic dancers in Montgomery County and Radford are "stripped" of their
pasties and G-strings,
and in Iowa -- Bob Dole gains another step in his race for the White House.
music up full
The first big battle for the G-O-P presidential nomination is over and Bob
Dole is the winner.
SUPER=03-Des Moines, IA/Last Night;
He pulled in 26 percent of the vote in last night's Iowa caucuses,-- enough
to win, but much less than the 37 percent he won in Iowa in 19-88.
Dole is now in New Hampshire for round two in the Republican bout--
historically a make or break contest for presidential contenders.
((SEN. BOB DOLE: WE'RE GOING TO MAKE AMERICA A BETTER PLACE TO LIVE FOR OUR
CHILDREN AND OUR GRANDCHILDREN THAT'S WHAT THIS RACE IS ALL ABOUT AND WHEN IT'S
OVER BILL CLINTON WILL BE OUT OF WORK ANDI'LL BE IN THE WHITE HOUSE. ))
SUPER=01-Sen. Bob Dole/(R) Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=in the White House.
Christian conservative Pat Buchanan is hot on Dole's heels winning 23
percent of the vote last night.
He has also done well in New Hampshire in the past.
((PAT BUCHANAN; THIS IS NOT A VICTORY OF ONE MAN, A VICTORY FOR A NEW IDEA IN
THE REPUBLICAN PART AND NATIONAL POLITICS A NEW CONSERVATISM OF THE HEART. ))
SUPER=01-Pat Buchanan/(R) Presidential Candidate;
OUT Q=of the heart.
Former Tennessee Governor Lamar Alexander placed third.
Flat tax candidate Steve Forbes placed a distant fourth.
And Texas Senator Phil Gramm landed a far away fifth ...out of nine
L- F Payne says it's a bit early to voice his support for any one candidate,
now that he's announced his retirement from Congress.
The Democrat was in Danville this morning speaking at G-W High School.
Last Monday, Payne told reporters he never intended to make Congress a
The following day, veteran State Senator Virgil Goode announced his
intentions to run for the Fifth District seat.
IN Q=He would
((REP. L- F PAYNE/D-FIFTH DISTRICT: HE WOULD CERTAINLY FOLLOW IN THE
CONSERVATIVE TRADITION THAT THE DISTRICT HAS BEEN REPRESENTED IN THE PAST AND
SO I THINK HE'LL BE A VERY STRONG CANDIDATE AND CERTAINLY SOMEONE I INTEND TO
WORK WITH AND HELP IN ANY WAY I CAN. ))
OUT Q=any way I can.
The Democratic party is reportedly interested in Payne as a candidate for
But Payne has NOT made any official announcement.
In Montgomery County, the Board of Supervisors has determined just how much
strippers can take off.
The action stems froms the controversy surrounding the re-opening of
"Juicie's" night club.
SOT tape 1 7:26:33
IN Q=These clubs
((DOUGLAS BLISS: THESE CLUBS REPRESENT A DARK SPOT ON THE COMMUNITY. IT IS
BASICALLY SEX FOR MONEY. ))
OUT Q=sex for money
SUPER=03-Montgomery Co./Last Night;
Others say while the first amendment protects freedom of expression-- it
does not protect strip clubs.
After hearing these concerns, the board approved an amendment to its
obscenity code-- requiring exotic dancers to wear the minimum of a bikini.
Juicie's owner says the ordinance is not fair.
SOT tape 2 7:58:56
IN Q=I do not
((KEITH GUTHRIE/JUICIE'S EXOTIC CABARET: I DO NOT LET ANYONE IN UNDER 18. WE
DON'T SERVE ALCOHOL, WE'RE NON-ALCOHOLIC. WE KEEP PEOPLE OFF THE STREET, FROM
DRIVING. YOU HAVE TO PAY A COVER CHARGE. YOU CAN'T GET IN THERE-- YOU KNOW
WHAT'S GOING ON BEFORE YOU COME IN. AND I JUST THINK IT'S VERY UNFAIR. ))
SUPER=01-Keith Guthrie/Juicie's Exotic Cabaret;
OUT Q=very unfair
Guthrie says he'll fight to keep Juicie's open.
Meantime, Radford City Council last night passed two ordinances to prohibit
public nudity and obscenity in the city.
That after Bumper's Cafe opened.
SOFT MUSIC UNDER
Still to come --
Center in the Square is the center of national attention,
and what do a pig, some astronauts and a postman have in common?
Stay tuned and we'll show you.
music up full
In Hollywood, it's a battle between a warrior, an astronaut, a postman and a
Jane Robelot has the rundown on today's Oscar nominations.
SUPER=01-Jane Robelot/Reporting; :24
SUPER=03-Beverly Hills, CA; 1:20
OUT Q=CBS News, New York.
Roanoke's Center in the Square has been the center of attention lately.
The cultural complex has been awarded one of 25 National Excellence Awards
recognizing outstanding solutions to urban problems.
The Center received the award from the U-S Secretary of Housing and Urban
Development during a ceremony at the United Nations in New York.
IN Q=The secretary
((JAMES SEARS/CENTER IN THE SQUARE: THE SECRETARY EMPHASIZED THAT THE 25
PROGRAMS SELECTED STAND FOR THE VERY BEST PROGRAMS THIS NATION HAS TO OFFER THE
SUPER=01-James Sears/Center In The Square;
OUT Q=offer the world.
The Center's design will be showcased during The City Summit, a United
Nations convention that will be held in Instanbul (iss-stan-BOOL), Turkey,
later this year.
Center In The Square houses five separate cultural organizations.
It's 13 years old.
Stocks have been narrowly mixed for much of today's session, after darting
lower at the opening bell.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was
UP 3-and-a-half points.
SPORTS MUSIC UNDER
Up next, Patrick will tell us what's going on down in Daytona,
and V-M-I scores a big win against a former head coach.
We'll have the highlights.
MUSIC UP FULL
VMI's winningest head coach returned to Cameron Hall last night in a battle
against his former Keydets.
SUPER=03-Lexington/Keydets vs. Paladins;
Joe Cantafio left to coach Furman two years ago.
V-M-I took an early 12 point lead.
Lester Johnson picks up the loose ball and scores the duece.
Lawrence Gullette nails this 3-pointer, part of his 20 for the night.
Furman's Chuck Vincent scores down low with the nice move.
His teammate, Jason Stewart hits the open 3 to trim the Keydet's lead to 6
at the break.
But, in the second half, VMI pulls away with a 27 to 7 run and cruises to
first win over Furman in 5 years, 83 to 57.
One of the questions this week in Daytona is whether Dale Earnhardt would
finally win the 500.
But as Mike Stevens explains, the OTHER Dale has captured most of the lime
light so far.
IN Q=first audio
SUPER=03-Daytona Beach, FL/This Morning; :00
SUPER=01-Dale Jarrett/Quality Care Ford Driver; :15
SUPER=04-Busch Clash/CBS; :32
SUPER=01-Ned Jarrett/Dale's Dad; :43
SUPER=01-Eddie Wood/Wood Brothers Crew Chief; 1:26
OUT Q=...News 7 sports"
(***********patrick toss to mel**********)
Thanks for joining us.
ANCHOR=Melanie 2 shot