The man who says he's a victim of city police brutality has got a lawyer
pressing for a broader investigation.
please track the sound ON TAPE under the music!
And the sweet sound of success at Shredded Products in Franklin County has
drowned out what vocal opposition there once was to the plant.
In sports, We'll take a look back at the last time a number one ranked
team played at the Cassell.
Two of the favorites will talk about their chances of winning this Sunday's
Snow storms are bad enough but these dustings are ridiculous. The weekend
is a mix of sun and more snow. We will explain in a few minutes.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
The Roanoke man who complained of police brutality during an arrest Sunday
is now calling for state and federal investigations of the incident.
Steven Leftwich isn't satisfied with the police department's review of the
And tonight Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with the latest word from
Steven Leftwich's attorney.
Keith, Harold Barnes says he searching for the truth and he doesn't think
he found it in the department's internal review.
He wants the Justice Department, the State Attorney General's office, and a
special prosecutor to conduct their own investigations.
IN Q=Steven Leftwich
SUPER=01-Harold Barnes/Leftwich's Attorney; :28
OUT Q=and the facts will prove that.
((Steven Leftwich and his cousin William Hayden joined their attorney for a
morning news conference.
But they let Harold Barnes do the talking.
What should have been a routine traffic stop took a violent turn early
While police chief M. David Hooper says the officers used reasonable force
to subdue and arrest Leftwich, Barnes says his client did not deserve the
beating he received.
Five days after the incident, Barnes says, Leftwich's face is a testimony to
IN Q=Mr. Leftwich did not jump
((HAROLD BARNES/LEFTWICH'S ATTORNEY: MR. LEFTWICH DID NOT JUMP OUT OF THE CAR
AND START ASSAULTING POLICE OFFICERS. THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN TOTALLY
IRRESPONSIBLE AND OUT OF CHARACTER AND HE HAS LIVED IN THIS COMMUNITY ALL OF
HIS LIFE AND HE'S NOT KNOWN FOR THAT KIND OF THING. SO I SUBMIT THAT IT DID NOT
HAPPEN AND THE FACTS WILL PROVE THAT.))
OUT Q=facts will prove that.))
Leftwich did not take part in the police department's review of the
incident... and did not comment to reporters today.
Double Boxes=Keith and Joe/Newsroom
But Keith, Harold Barnes says his client wants to tell his story and will
cooperate with authorities at the appropriate time.
(Keith QUESTION: WILL WE SEE A LAWSUIT FROM THIS INCIDENT?)
A badly decomposed body is found in Botetourt County.
Now the sheriff's department is calling the death suspicious.
31- year- old Rebecca Jean Wright was reported missing in December.
Yesterday, two men found her remains along the banks of the James River...
near Cherry Tree Bottom.
That location is about a mile downstream from an interstate bridge.
IN Q=Fairly unusual
((REED KELLY/BOTETOURT COUNTY SHERIFF: FAIRLY UNUSUAL PLACE TO FIND A BODY. THE
CIRCUMSTANCES SURROUNDING THE DISAPPEARANCE OF THIS PERSON WERE SUSPICIOUS.
THAT ALONG WITH SOME OTHER THINGS POINT TO A SUSPICIOUS DEATH. ))
OUT Q=suspicious death
Wright's body was brought to Roanoke for an autopsy.
The cause of death won't be released until sometime next week.
The medical examiner has determined a Radford University freshman apparently
drank herself to death.
Lab reports indicate 18 year- old Valerie Cole died as a result of acute
Cole was found dead in her dorm room Saturday morning.
The university has suspended two fraternities whose parties she attended the
night before for alleged alcohol violations.
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And at Virginia Tech, the graduate student found dead in the woods behind
Lane Stadium apparently committed suicide.
Tuesday a passerby found the body of 26- year- old Theresa Cortney
An autopsy showed no signs of physical injury or foul play.
Blood tests have revealed the student friends and teachers described as a
brilliant poet took an overdose of sleeping pills.
Once again the snow has turned portions of Virginia into a winter wonderland.
Snowplows have been out since the early hours this morning clearing snow and
putting down chemicals.
V-DOT officials say because this is a wetter snow and the accumulation is not
as much as the last two snows--drivers might be fooled by the appearance of the
Snow was the cause of an accident in Montgomery County early this afternoon.
The driver of the vehicle lost control of the car on the slick road, hit the
embankment and overturned.
One person was injured in the accident.
Besides driving at slower speeds there are some precautions that travelers
need to take BEFORE they get on the road.
IN Q=A good thing
((LAURA BULLOCK/VA.DEPT. OF TRANSPORTATION; A GOOD THING TO DO TODAY IS TO MAKE
SURE YOUR HEADLIGHTS ARE CLEAR AND YOUR TAIL LIGHTS ARE CLEARED AND IF YOU CAN,
CLEAR OFF YOUR CAR BEFORE YOU GET OUT ON THE ROAD. SNOW BLOWING OFF THE
VEHICLES REALLY IS A PROBLEM FOR OTHER DRIVERS AS WELL AS FOR THE PERSON WHOSE
DRIVING THE CAR.))
SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/Va. Dept. of Transportation;
OUT Q=driving the car.
V-DOT officials report road crews will continue working through the night.
The snow has caused a number of area colleges to cancel classes--here's the
latest information we have.
Take Pinnacle Boards
(Keith ad lib over boards)
HARD MUSIC UNDER
Still to come on News 7 at Six---
Last month's fatal fire in Roanoke--which killed four young children--prompts
some changes in the city's proposed rental inspection program. We'll have
Also--despite some early concerns from neighbors, it seems a factory that
recycles old cars has found a new home in Franklin County.
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Investigators may never know what caused a fatal fire in Craig County.
SUPER=03-Craig Co./January 30;
Last month, 5- year- old Christopher Howard, and his sister, 3- year- old
Harle (HAR-lee) Howard died when flames engulfed their New Castle home.
Apparently the children locked themselves in a closet when the blaze broke
Family members and neighbors tried to save them, but couldn't.
The State Police was unable to determine how the fire started, and officials
say the investigation is closed.
GRAPHIC=Roanoke City Seal
A house fire which killed four children and their grandmother last month has
drawn attention to Roanoke's proposed Rental Inspection Program.
One element of the proposal would require the inspection of empty rental
units before they can be rented again.
The program would be implemented in the older areas of the city.
Initially it would be instituted on a smaller scale.
The location of the pilot program will be decided at a public workshop.
IN Q=the goal
((MICHELLE BONO/ROANOKE CITY SPOKESPERSON: THE GOAL OF OUR RENTAL INSPECTION
PROGRAM IS TO PROVIDE QUALITY HOUSING IN THE CITY TO PLACES THAT MIGHT NOT BE
SAFE, THAT NEED ATTENTION. RENTAL UNITS SPECIFICALY AND THEN WORK WITH THE
LANDLORDS TO TAKE THE STEPS TO MAKE THEM SAFE.))
SUPER=01-Michelle Bono/Roanoke City Spokesperson;
OUT Q=MAKE THEM SAFE
SS=Roanoke City Seal
A public workshop is set for March 7th at the Roanoke Civic Center
The latest candidate running for Lynchburg city council is a professor at
Kevin Clauson says he's a conservative Republican, who hopes to bring the
"Reagan Revolution" of the 80's to the Lynchburg of the 90's.
IN Q=I pledge to do
((KEVIN CLAUSON/R-CANDIDATE FOR LYNCHBURG CITY COUNCIL: I PLEDGE TO DO ALL I
CAN TO ENCOURAGE PRIVATE INITIATIVES IN REVITALIZING OUR DOWNTOWN AREA AND OUR
NEIGHBORHOODS AS WELL AS TO ATTRACT NEW PEOPLE AND NEW OR EXPANDED ENTERPRISES.
HOW? BY REDUCING TAXES, BY REDUCING SPENDING.))
SUPER=01-Kevin Clauson/(R) Candidate for City Council;
OUT Q=by reducing spending.
Clauson will be going after an at-large seat on council.
He calls himself a "traditionalist."
But some of his colleagues in Richmond would attach the liberal label to
John Edwards' emerging career as a state Senator.
Ellen Qualls has the story.
IN Q=His allies
SUPER=01-Sen. Louise Lucas/(D) Portsmouth; :05
SUPER=01-Sen. Jackson Reasor/(D) Bluefield; :10
SUPER=01-Sen. Dick Saslaw/(D) Fairfax; :13
SUPER=01-Sen. Mark Earley/(R) Chesapeake; :21
OUT Q=Qualls, News 7, Richmond.
(( His allies decline to stick the liberal label on him on camera.
((SEN. LOUISE LUCAS/D-PORTSMOUTH: I FOUND HIM TO BE A VERY SENSITIVE AND
CARING PERSON, A VERY PEOPLE-ORIENTED PERSON.))
((SEN. JACK REASOR/D-BLUEFIELD: I THINK IT'S TOO EARLY TO START LABELLING
SENATOR EDWARDS OR ANY OTHER NEW MEMBER.))
((SEN. DICK SASLAW: HE CERTAINLY DIDN'T TAKE A LIBERAL STAND ON GUNS.))
But John Edwards's graduation from Roanoke City Hall to the State Capitol
has NOT occurred quietly.
It has been--
((SEN. MARK EARLEY/R-CHESAPEAKE: I THINK SOMEWHAT OF AN UNEXPECTED SURPRISE IN
TERMS OF HIS FREQUENCY OF SPEAKING AND THE LIBERAL BENT OF HIS VOTES. MY SENSE
OF THE ROANOKE REGION OF THE STATE IS THAT IT'S MUCH MORE CONSERVATIVE
ORIENTED. MUCH MORE FAMILY VALUE ORIENTED THAN SOME OF HIS VOTES WOULD
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS: I DON'T KNOW WHAT THEY'RE TALKING ABOUT AS FAR AS THAT'S
CONCERNED. I HAVE TRIED TO STAND UP IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE REFORM BILL TO
MAKE SURE WE UNDERSTAND THAT BEING TOUGH ON CRIME IS NOT THE SAME THING AS
TAKING CARE OF OUR CHILDREN.))
Another example: a vote AGAINST the death penalty for serial killers -- a
bill written by Lynchburg's Steve Newman.
((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D-ROANOKE: I JUST DIDN'T THINK IT WAS WRITTEN WELL. I
TRIED TO WORK WITH HIM TO COME UP WITH BETTER LANGUAGE, BUT IT DIDN'T WORK.))
((SEN. DICK SASLAW/D-FAIRFAX: HE'S ONE OF THE SMARTEST GUYS UP HERE. VERY
VERY BRIGHT. AND HE'S A REAL QUICK STUDY.))
Edwards says his career as a federal prosecutor made him look at things in
terms of legal precedent or tradition-- so he tends to reject the rightward
shift of the new Senate.
And he says he's NOT into the parliamentary tricks some of his colleagues
use to conceal their controversial tracks.
Whatever label you attach, what you see is what you get.
Ellen Qualls, News 7, Richmond.))
News 7 has learned a large employer in the area has won a large contract
from the federal government.
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom
Len Besthoff joins us with more on the story.
(Len ad lib)
Double Boxes=Keith and Len/Newsroom
(Len ad lib)
The Dow took a tumble on Wall Street for the third session in a row-
-dropping 48 points, to close at 55- hundred -three.
NASDAQ finished the week: UP a fraction.
The idea of an auto- recycling plant didn't sit well with some Franklin
But now that Shredded Products has been operational for more than a year, it
seems most of the concerns have been smashed.
Scott Prince reports.
IN Q=It's almost as if
SUPER=03-Franklin Co.; :00
SUPER=01-Danny Board/Roanoke Electric Steel; :54
SUPER=01-Macon Sammons/Franklin County Administrator; 1:02
OUT Q=S.P., News 7, Franklin County
Nat- sound around 10:52:32
(( It's almost as if these cars know what's coming, as the screams echo
through the plant.
But Shredded Products in Franklin County is not about destruction-- it's
about a rebirth of sorts.
Six hundred times a day, a compressed vehicle climbs up this conveyor belt
and is crushed into thousands of pieces.
Nat- sound around 11:08:02
Inside, those pieces are separated by machines.
But many of the 40 or so employees have to watch over the belts... to make
sure certain things are weeded out.
All of the ferrous metal is dumped into one pile... and recycled at Roanoke
Electric Steel, Shredded Products parent company.
Copper and aluminum are removed and later sold to independent corporations.
Meanwhile, the fluff is dumped in a truck and taken to the company's private
After some mild opposition, company officials say they've received positive
feedback from the county.
IN Q=I think
((DANNY BOARD/ROANOKE ELECTRIC STEEL: I THINK IT'S MUCH BETTER THAN PEOPLE
ANTICIPATED. WE'RE TRYING TO BE GOOD NEIGHBORS AND I THINK WE HAVE BEEN. ))
OUT Q=we have been
Franklin County officials agree.
IN Q=They've been
((MACON SAMMONS/FRANKLIN COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: THEY'VE BEEN RESPONSIBLE AND
RESPONSIVE. NOT ONLY THAT, THEY HAVE CONTRIBUTED ABOUT 115- THOUSAND DOLLARS A
YEAR TO OUR COUNTY COFFERS. ))
OUT Q=county coffers
That number could get bigger during the next fiscal year... as Shredded
Products hopes to increase production by ten percent.
That means the screams will continue at the plant... but for company and
county officials, it's music to their ears.
Scott Prince, News 7, Franklin County.))
And coming up, Mike Stevens has a story of two of the favorites to win the
And we'll look back at the last time the Virginia Tech Hokies beat a top
ranked team at the Cassell.
The countdown to Sunday's Daytona 500 continues. The drivers have only
one more practice session tomorrow afternoon before the big race.
Today Mike Stevens talks with a driver who hopes to make history in Sunday's
IN Q=First audio
SUPER=03-Daytona, FL; :17
SUPER=01-Sterling Marlin/1994-95 Winner; :23
SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Has Never Won Daytona 500; 1:13
OUT Q=.....7 sports."
The national spotlight will be on the 10-th ranked Virginia Tech Hokies
this weekend when top ranked and undefeated Massachusetts rolls into the
Cassell to take on Bill Fosters team.
SUPER=03-Blacksburg/Jan. 10, 1983; :
The last time an undefeated team played in the Cassell it was January
10-th 1983 the opponent was Memphis State.
Dell Curry was a freshman and scored 16 points Keith Colbert held All
American Keith Lee to 13 points and Junior Reggie Steppe scored 21 in the 69 to
The head coach on that team was Charlie Moir.
IN Q="I told my
((CHARLIE MOIR/COACHED 1983 TEAM: ))
SUPER=01-Charlie Moir/Coached 1983 Team; :
OUT Q=.....and converted."
Moir remembers the game as if it was yesterday. Especially the crowd which
remained in the Cassell long after the Hokies had pulled off the upset.
IN Q="I would not...
((CHARLIE MOIR: ))
OUT Q= ....they will."
The Express is on ice tonight at the Round House against South Carolina.
The puck drops at 7:30.
Roanoke faces a team that entered this week with a 11-OH and 1 ROAD
record in it's last 12 games.
((FRANK ANZALONE/EXPRESS HEAD COACH:))
SUPER=01-Frank Anzalone/Express Head Coach; :00
OUT Q=...I guess"
Only a couple of postponements called in this afternoon. The Pioneer
District wrestling tournament has been postponed and resechduled for Saturday
In basketball Salem at Lord Botetourt was postponed they'll play tomorrow
afternoon at 3. The Northside at Rockbridge game will be played tomorrow and
The Alleghany at Byrd game will be played at 2 tomorrow.
And the Blue Ridge district Volleyball tournament has been rescheduled for