A police probe in southern California following the videotaped beatings of
two suspected illegal aliens,
and a manhunt is underway for one of two suspects involved in a police chase
that started in Lynchburg and ended in Bedford County.
It's sunny and breezy today.
Afternoon temperatures will warm up to about 60 degrees. I'll have the
forecast in a few minutes.
Don't go away the news is next.
Two Southern California law officers are on suspension and under
investigation following a wild chase that ended in a beating incident caught on
As Sandra Hughes reports, it's strongly reminiscent of another roadside
SUPER=03-El Monte, CA; :00
SUPER=01-Sgt. Mark Lohman/Riverside Co. Sheriff's Dept.; :19
SUPER=01-Ramona Ripston/ACLU; 1:10
SUPER=01-Sandra Hughes/Reporting; 1:16
OUT Q=CBS News Los Angeles;
Police are still looking for a second suspect involved in a high- speed
chase through central Virginia last night.
Just before 11, a Lynchburg police officer spotted a stolen car at the 7-11
store on Fort Avenue.
When the car sped off, police followed in high pursuit through Lynchburg,
Campbell and Bedford Counties, at speeds close to 100 miles per hour.
Authorities say the driver struck several police cars in his attempt to get
IN Q=He contacted a
((CMDR. JACK LEWIS/LYNCHBURG POLICE: HE CONTACTED A COUPLE OF THE STATE POLICE
CARS AT TIMES, IN WHAT MAY OR MAY NOT HAVE BEEN INTENTIONAL MOVES TRYING TO
AVOID APPREHENSION. I THINK HE DAMAGED SEVERAL OF THEIR CARS.))
((TROOPER JEFF BAKER/VA STATE POLICE: AND ONCE WE GOT OUT IN THE COUNTY, IT
LOOKED AS IF HE KNEW WHERE HE WAS GOING, HE TOOK THE COUNTY ROADS RELA WELL,
THEN BEDFORD COUNTY JOINED IN ALONG WITH THE BEDFORD COUNTY STATE POLICE UNITS
AND IT JUST, IT WAS A LONG PURSUIT.))
SUPER=01-Cmdr. Jack Lewis/Lynchburg Police; :00
SUPER=01-Trooper Jeff Baker/VA State Police; :13
OUT Q=a long pursuit.
The chase ended when the two suspects crashed the car on Route 2-21 and fled
into the woods.
The alleged driver, 20 year old Lewis Arthur Carroll of Forest, was caught
about an hour later.
He's charged with possession of a controlled substance, grand larceny,
driving with a suspended license, failure to stop for a police officer and
The other suspect remains at large.
The polls are open, but so far most of Roanoke County's registered voters
are staying away.
Turnout is light for today's referendum on the 37- million dollar bond
issue for schools.
Joe Dashiell is in the newsroom with the details.
Melanie... as of ten o'clock the registrar reports that eleven percent of
the county's registered voters had visited the polls.
Turnout is heavier in some the larger precincts in the Cave Spring
District, which may bode well for the bond issue.
IN Q=Both of you
SUPER=01-Jerry Canada/School Board Chairman; :18
OUT Q=the Cave Spring School.
((OPENS ON NAT SOUND OF GREETING
IN Q=Both of you voting
OUT Q=support for education today.
The first six hours of the school bond referendum brought a trickle of
voters through the Vinton Fire Station.
By 11 o'clock, less than ten percent of the precinct's registered voters had
registered their opinions.
SOT jerry canada 10:29:07
IN Q=I feel real good
OUT Q=before 7 o'clock.
While supporters say they are confident that voters will approve the 37-
million dollar bond issue... opponents were also in evidence this morning.
IN Q=How I feel about it?
OUT Q=the Cave Spring School.))
Backers of the bond issue hope to have strong support in south county
neighborhoods, the highly populated area that would be expected to favor
construction of the new Cave Spring High School.
They hope to split the vote in other areas where opposition might be
Melanie, while we don't want to make too much out of the turnout figures
this early in the day.
Turnout have not presented any red flags for bond issue supporters...
Kroger employees vote to stay on the job.
But for many workers, an approved contract isn't such a sweet deal.
Kimberly McBroom reports.
IN Q=People who got everything
SUPER=01-Charles Dougill/Contract Opponent; :00
SUPER=01-Bonnie Gills/Contract Supporter; :07
SUPER=01-Steve Shipplett/Contract Supporter; :12
SUPER=03-Roanoke/Last Night; :21
SUPER=01-Gary Summers/Contract Opponent; :41
SUPER=01-Tom McNutt/UFCW Local 400 President; 1:08
OUT Q=McBroom, News 7
SOT tape 2 8:38:38
((CHARLES DOUGILL/CONTRACT OPPONENT: PEOPLE WHO GOT EVERYTHING ALREADY GOT
MORE. PEOPLE, YOUNG PEOPLE GOT NOTHING AND WILL NEVER GET NOTHING. ))
SOT tape 2 8:39:20
((BONNIE GILLS/CONTRACT SUPPORTER: I THINK PEOPLE THAT'S BEEN THERE A LONG
TIME DESERVES A LITTLE MORE THAN THOSE WHO WERE HIRED YESTERDAY. ))
SOT tape 2 8:31:33
((STEVE SHIPPLETT/CONTRACT SUPPORTER: SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO VOTE YOUR OWN
CONSCIENCE AND WHEN THEY COME UP THROUGH THE RANKS AND THEY GET TO WHERE WE GOT
TO, THEN THEY'LL BE MAKING MORE MONEY BECAUSE OF THIS. ))
At first glance, it appears the union vote was divided between the new
versus senior employees.
Their newly- passed contract provides a dollar- ten wage increase over the
next five years-- and maintains health benefits.
But some who've worked for Kroger many years say that's not enough.
SOT TAPE 2 8:19:35
((GARY SUMMERS/CONTRACT OPPONENT: WE HAVE HAD ABOUT A 45- CENT INCREASE OVER A
12- YEAR PERIOD. AND THERE'S A LOT OF CATCHING UP TO DO-- AND THIS CONTRACT
FRANKLY DOES NOT DO THAT. ))
What the contract does do is increase annual incentives packages, provided
employees meet the company's goals.
And while some workers say they've been sold out-- the union president
says it was ultimately their choice. (/////SOT/////)
SOT tape 2 8:49:12
((TOM MCNUTT/UFCW LOCAL 400 PRESIDENT: THIS IS A DEMOCRATIC PROCESS. THERE'S
ALWAYS PEOPLE THAT ARE NOT GOING TO BE HAPPY WITH IT. BUT THERE'S OBVIOUSLY
855 WHO ARE. THAT'S THE WAY THE SYSTEM WORKS. ))
Take Pre-pro please
Meanwhile, Kroger officials say they're pleased that the latest offer was
accepted-- especially since this is the start of the busy Easter week.
At least for now, Kroger employees will not be exchanging the checkout lanes
for the picket lines--
The new contract was approved by a vote of 855 to 583.
Kimberly McBroom, News 7.))
A major player in the metal business is setting up shop in Botetourt County.
Pennsylvania based Meadville Forging Company announced it will build a
60-thousand square foot plant in Buchanan.
The company will create 75 new jobs in the next two- and- a- half years.
That number could jump to a 125 once the operation is in full swing.
The new plant will use computer controlled robotics to produce steel forgings
for use in automobiles.
Construction on the new plant is expected to begin in June, the facility is
expected to open next summer.
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Still to come on News 7,
A couple from South Carolina is arrested in Rockbridge County and wanted by
the F-B-I in Delaware,
and a refinery in California explodes and residents there are being warned to
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California authorities are investigating an explosion and fire at a Shell
SUPER=03-Martinez, CA/Last Night;
A series of powerful explosions rocked the plant last night near Oakland.
There were no injuries but health officials warned area residents to stay
inside to avoid the smoke from the blaze.
The blaze burned for three hours before firefighters brought it under
Police in Rockbridge County are holding two suspects wanted by the F-B-I in
connection with drug, tax and murder investigations.
Jerry and Colleen Sexton of Charleston, South Carolina, were arrested in an
R-V near Lexington Sunday morning afer a state trooper
recognized their vehicle from a police bulletin.
Police found drugs and guns in their vehicle and arrested the Sextons
IN Q=I was just on
((DAVE ALBERT/STATE TROOPER: I WAS JUST ON ROUTINE PATROL. GETTING READY TO
GET BACK OUT ON THE INTERSTATE AND HAPPENED TO OBSERVE THE VEHICLE THAT MATCHED
THE DESCRIPTION. I HAD WRITTEN DOWN THE THE DESCRIPTION ON THE VEHICLE ON A
NOTE PAD IN MY CRUISER AND JUST FOR SAKE, I SAW THE ONE THAT MATCHED IT WHICH
PULLED IN AND SAW THE TAG AND ONCE I SAW THE TAG I KNEW I HAD THE VEHICLE.))
SUPER=01-Dave Albert/Va. State Police;
OUT Q=had the vehicle.
Police confiscated about a kilo of cocaine, some meth-amphetamines, and
They are wanted by the F-B-I for narcotics violations and tax evasion and
are suspects in murder investigations in at least two states.
Some residents in Giles County say the high cost of their new sewage system
Last night, town council heard their complaints.
Tracy Altizer reports.
IN Q=Last August, the town of Pembroke
SUPER=01-Kimberly Neice/Sewer & Water Customer; :19
SUPER=01-Randy Lemmon/Pembroke Town Manager; 1:00
OUT Q=Altizer, News 7.
(( Last August, the town of Pembroke opened its new one-point-six million
dollar sewer plant.
Residents understood they would be paying sewer bills, but many told town
council they didn't plan on higher WATER bills as well.
((BUT FELLAS, THE WATER BILLS ARE GETTING TO THE POINT WHERE THEY'RE AS MUCH AS
THE ELECTRIC BILLS, AND THAT'S UNREASONABLE. ))
((KIMBERLY NEICE/PEMBROKE RESIDENT: LAST MONTH OUR BILL WAS 68 OR 65. THIS
MONTH IT WAS 40 FOR JUST 21 DAYS. ))
Town manager Randy Lemmon says the problem is that the health department
also forced the town to make WATER improvements. It had to start paying that
loan at the same time the sewer system went on line.
So customers are also paying more for water, even though only part of the
system was upgraded and some people still have the same old problems.
((AND IT'S RUSTY, IT'S RUINED SOME OF THE PEOPLE'S CLOTHES UP THERE. ))
Lemmon says the timing of the two projects couldn't have been worse, but
couldn't have been helped.
In the long term, he hopes the improvements will spur development and enable
the rates to drop.
((RANDY LEMMON/PEMBROKE TOWN MANAGER: IT'S STICKER SHOCK AND IT'S REGRETTABLE,
BUT IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE HAD TO DO. THIS NOW ENABLES THE TOWN TO GROW, WHERE
IT WAS LOSING POPULATION. ))
Plans for further water upgrades are under way. Lemmon says the town has 55
percent leakage from its old lines. It's contracting engineers to find the
leaks so the problems may be corrected.
Tracy Altizer, News 7. ))
A Danville organization is helping families care for elderly loved ones.
It's often hard for family members to run errands because they're needed at
But thanks to the "Adult Respite program" offered by the Danville Y-W-C-A
care givers have a place to turn.
The "Y" provides a safe place to leave their loved ones twice a week and
there's plenty to do.
IN Q=It gives
((RONNIE MAND/YWCA EXECUTIVE DIR.:IT GIVES THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO GET UP, GET
DRESSED, BE IN A DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT, BE WITH PEOPLE, LAUGH, SING, GET A
LITTLE EXERCISE, THEY HAVE LUNCH TOGETHER EVERY TIME THEY'RE HERE, THESE ARE
VERY IMPORTANT ASPECTS. ))
SUPER=01-Ronnie Mand/YWCA Executive Dir.; :00
OUT Q=important aspects.
The program is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 10- in the morning
It costs ten dollars a day, but scholarships are available.
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When News 7 returns, Christopher Reeve is making his way back into movies,
and one little calf is making it around just fine, even with her handicap.
Stay with us.
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Lorena Bobbitt is once more a free woman after a judge released her from
court-ordered therapy and supervision.
A judge last week gave Bobbitt her unconditional release.
Bobbitt was monitored after she was found NOT guilty by reason of insanity in
She had admitted cutting off her husband's penis after years of abuse.
Her attorney says Bobbitt is a far more confident woman today than she was
after the trial.
Actor Christopher Reeve isn't letting his paralysis keep him out of the
The "Superman" star will provide the voice of King Arthur in an upcoming
Warner Brothers' cartoon feature called "The Quest for Camelot."
Reeve was paralyzed from the neck down in a horse-riding accident
last May in Culpeper.
Since then, he's undergone therapy to allow him to breathe for longer and
longer periods without a respirator.
And here's another story about a handicap that's not getting in the way.
Meet Spunky, a three-legged calf.
She was born in the pasture with the rest of the herd and was up and about
a short while later.
It's unusual for a farmer to give a beef calf a name, but Bob and Jackie
Green think this little gal is pretty special.
They plan to donate her to a zoo.
((JACKIE GREEN:I'M SURE THERE ARE HANDICAPPED CHILDREN OUT THERE THAT WOULD
LIKE TO SEE THAT THEY'RE NOT THE ONLY ONES WITH A PROBLEM THAT ANOTHER SPECIES
HAS THEM TOO. ))
OUT Q=HAVE THEM TOO.
There are some concerns that Spunky might have trouble when she grows to
That one foreleg might not be enough to support her weight.
Wal-Mart is not giving up on plans to build a new super store next to George
Washington's boyhood home.
SUPER=03-Stafford Co./File Tape;
The Stafford County architectural review board yesterday voted five-to-zero
to reject the store that would have stood within eyesight of the remains of
It's the site that spawned the cherry tree and coin tossing myths about the
young George Washington.
Wal-Mart says it will appeal to the Stafford Board of Supervisors.
Stocks are putting in a narrowly mixed performance as investors wait for
more corporate earnings news.
On Wall Street at noon the Dow was DOWN 6 points.
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Up next in sports, it's crunch time for the Roanoke Express as they head
into tonight's match-up down OH-and TWO,
and the 1996 basketball champions have been crowned and the Cats are headed
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GRAPHIC=final four logo
The Kentucky Wildcats are heading home from the N-C-Double-A tournament
with their first national championship since 19-78.
SUPER=03-East Rutherford, NJ;
Tony Delk drilled seven three pointers and scored 24 points in the Wildcats'
76-to-67 victory over Syracuse.
Kentucky's bench was also instrumental in the victory.
Freshman Ron Mercer came off the bench to score a career-high 20 points
while Kentucky's reserves outscored the Syracuse bench 26-to-0.
It's the sixth N-C-Double-A championship for the Wildcats and the first for
Kentucky coach Rick Pitino.
wipe wipe wipe
SUPER=03-Lexington, KY/Last Night;
And they were celebrating back in Lexington.
Some 10-thousand euphoric blue-clad fans celebrated in the streets near the
University of Kentucky campus.
Lexington police prepared themselves for a Kentucky win, placing extra
officers near the U-K campus.
And only a few minor problems were reported.
The Cincinnati Reds and the Montreal Expos try to start over today after
tragedy yesterday at Riverfront stadium.
And a warning some of you may find this video disturbing.
SUPER=03-Cincinnati, OH/Yesterday; :00
Just two minutes into the Reds-Expos game, home plate umpire John McSherry
apparently suffered a fatal heart attack.
McSherry, who weighed 330 pounds, has had medical problems for the past
In fact one of his fellow umpires confirmed that McSherry had an appointment
to see a doctor today about an irregular heart beat.
The game was understandably postponed.
An autopsy was conducted this morning, preliminary findings may be announced
The Express returned home yesterday after a morning practice in
They find themselves down two games to none and facing playoff elimination.
SUPER=03-Charlotte, NC; :00
Charlotte beat Roanoke twice over the weekend.
The Express was OH for 14 on the power play while the Checkers were 5 for
((JEFF JESTADT/EXPRESS LEFT WINGER: THEY PUT 5 FORWARDS OUT AT ONE TIME, 5
HIGH POWERED FORWARDS. AND THEN THERE WERE OTHER TIMES WHEN THEY PUT A COUPLE
OF D OUT JUST TO ONE TIME A PUCK AT THE NET, AND PUT SOME BIG GUYS OUT FRONT TO
SCRENE, AND YOU GET A COUPLE OF STRANGE BOUNCES AS WELL.))
SUPER=01-Jeff Jestadt/Express Left Winger; :00
OUT Q=...as well
In two games, Veteran Checker goalie Nick Vitucci has allowed only 2 goals.
((JASON CLARKE/EXPRESS RIGHT WINGER: ITS GOING TO TAKE A LOT TO BEAT NICK, AND
I THINK GAME 2 WHEN WE SHOT THE PUCK A LOT MORE, I THINK HE GOT A LITTLE MORE
FRUSTRATED, BECAUSE HE HAD TO CONCENTRATE A LOT MORE, AND I THINK THAT AS WE
GOT MORE SHOTS ON HIM I THINK HE'LL WEAR DOWN.))
SUPER=01-Jason Clarke/Express Right Winger; :00
OUT Q=....wear down"
Game three faces off tonight at seven at the Round House.
Coming up in tonight's Health Check Report on NEWS-7 at Five...a cancer
vaccine is being researched.
It could be tested on people with brain cancer as early as this summer.
That story and more news tonight on News-7 at Five, then stick around for
News-7 at Six.
Have a great day.