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7P-Halifax-Rapes


ANCHOR=Kmc
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=tte
TAPE#597-21
SS=legal scales


Charges are pending against five Halifax County High School students following an alleged gang rape that happened on school property.
According to a sheriff's deputy the incident was never reported.
School officials met with the sheriff and Commonwealth's attorney yesterday to find out why.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Halifax Co.;


A 14-year-old female told a counselor she was raped at the school by three fellow students, while two boys watched.
She says a teacher finally walked in and stopped the incident.
But even though a sheriff's deputy was on duty at the school, principal Larry Clark chose not to report it.
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SOT 2:47:54
IN Q=Being it was

((BARBARA JONES/SHERIFF'S DEPUTY: BEING IT WAS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY, THE SCHOOL WAS AWARE OF IT, AS ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL AND AS ADULTS, THEY SHOULD KNOW THAT THIS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO SOMEONE, AT LEAST TO THE DEPUTY THAT WAS ON DUTY AT THE SCHOOL.))
SUPER=01-Barbara Jones/Sheriff's Deputy;
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=at the school
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VO-NAT


The Principal would not comment on this story.
School Superintendent Dennis Witt says the girl did NOT say she was FORCED to participate in the alleged sexual acts.
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SOT 3:10:02
IN Q=Our investigation

((DENNIS WITT/HALIFAX CO. SUPERINTENDENT: OUR INVESTIGATION AT THE TIME DID NOT INDICATE ILLEGAL ACTION BUT I WOULD SAY AN ERROR WAS PROBABLY MADE IN JUDGMENT BY NOT REPORTING PART OF THE INCIDENT.))
SUPER=01-Dennis Witt/School Superintendent;
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=of the incident
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VO-NAT


All five boys could be expelled.
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7Tech-Rape


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=MOrn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=Brzonkala


Meantime in Blacksburg, the Department of Education has cited Virginia Tech for failing to ACCURATELY report an alleged 19-94 campus rape.
The agency said Tech failed to list the complaint of former student Christy Brzonkala under the correct year and failed to include procedures for reporting sex offenses in its campus security report.
No penalty is involved, but the school could face fines or suspension from federal student aid if violations continue.
A Tech spokesman called the findings (quote) ``bureaucratic nit-picking'' but said Tech will comply.

7Fatal-Fire


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#97-
GRAPHIC=fatal fire


An early morning housefire has left an elderly Roanoke man dead this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


A nurse alerted rescue fire crews that someone was trapped inside the burning home on Grandin Road.
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SOT 04:24:23
IN Q=the first engine on the scene



RUNS=:14
OUT Q=bedroom window
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VO-NAT


Officials say it appears the man died of smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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7P-Mountain-Ax


ANCHOR=KimberlyKmc
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=eea
TAPE#597-22
SS=fatal ax


An attempt to flee from a Roanoke police officer led to a fiery car crash.
Now the Salem man who was driving the vehicle involved in the accident is expected to face charges.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


Investigators say 25-year-old Christopher Todd DeWeese ran off the road and crashed into a tree AFTER a police officer recognized him at Mill Mountain Park.
DeWeese was thrown from the truck, which burst into flames.
Two passengers were trapped in the truck, their bodies burned beyond recognition.
They have not been identified, yet.
DeWeese was hospitalized, but police say his injuries are not life threatening.
At the time of the accident he was wanted for a probation violation, and for failing to appear in court.
Investigators haven't decided what charges to file against DeWeese.
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7weather


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WRITER=kmc
TAPE#
GRAPHIC=


Turning now to the Thursday forecast--
Morning clouds, then partly sunny skies today.
Noticeably warmer high temperatures, climbing into the low to mid 90s.
Clear overnight, with lows dropping into the upper 60s.
July Fourth looks partly sunny, with a slight chance of an afternoon thunderstorm.
Highs near 90.
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7BIRTHDAYS! 7/4/97
Friday - Independence Day!

SUPER=130-11/Jessica Hughes/Catawba;



SUPER=130-5/Sam Leech/Mustoe;



SUPER=130-/Brandi Fitzgerald/Buena Vista;



SUPER=130-/Joseph Shifflett/Salem;



SUPER=130-1/Corey Slater/Salem;


Saturday:

SUPER=130-3/Michael Bean/Christiansburg;


No Pictures:

SUPER=130-55/Ronnie Hobbs/Pembroke;



(Anniversary)
SUPER=130-12th/Cromer & Mary Johnson/Eagle Rock;

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55Fatal-Fire


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Morn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#97-44
GRAPHIC=fatal fire


An early morning house fire took the life of an elderly man.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


It was a nurse who alerted authorities that someone was trapped inside the burning home on Grandin Road.
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SOT 04:24:23
IN Q=the first engine on the scene
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=bedroom window
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VO-NAT


Officials say it appears the man died of smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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55P-Tobacco-Deal


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=equ
TAPE#597-24
SS=Tobacco Under Fire


On the heels of a landmark settlement between 40 states and major tobacco companies Governor Allen has appointed a task force to protect the state's five BILLION dollar tobacco industry.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Richmond;


Virginia's attorney general, commerce secretary, and transportation secretary are the only people on the task force.
But the Governor used a Mecklenburg County tobacco farmer and his family to make his point yesterday about Virginia's unique position in the talks.
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SOT 01:30:14 tape one
IN Q=I'm just

((GOV. GEORGE ALLEN: I'M JUST TRYING TO FIND SOME WAY FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND THAT LOOK, THESE ARE REAL HUMAN BEINGS, OUR FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS OF THE UNITED STATES WHO ARE BEING AFFECTED BY WHAT YOU MIGHT BE DOING.))
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RUNS=:10
OUT Q=you might be doing
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VO-NAT


Allen says he's particularly worried that health advocates will try to limit exports of American tobacco to the world market.
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SOT TAPE TWO 01:53:46
IN Q=Every time

((MICHAAL WELLS/MECKLENBURG CO. FARMER: EVERY TIME THAT THE STATE OF VIRGINIA OR NORTH CAROLINA DROPS ONE ACRE OF TOBACCO, IF THE QUOTA'S CUT OR WHATEVER HAPPENS, ZIMBABWE, BRAZIL, OTHER COUNTRIES PLANT TWO IN THE PLACE OF IT. SO THE WORLD DEMAND IS THERE. JUST LET US TAKE CARE OF THE WORLD DEMAND.))
SUPER=01-Michael Wells/Mecklenburg Farmer;
RUNS=:19
OUT Q=world demand.
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VO-NAT


Attorney General Richard Cullen says he's meeting with other tobacco growing states on Monday to make a game plan for Congress.
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55Campaign-Finance


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cutin
WRITER=aje
TAPE#none
GRAPHIC=none


The Internal Revenue Service is dealing with a compliant this morning concerning two well known Virginia pastors.
A church state watchdog group contends that Jerry Falwell of Lynchburg and George Sweet of Virginia Beach are leading a church-based effort to help Mark Earley's attorney general campaign.

55weather


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cut-in
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#
GRAPHIC=


Checking today's weather--
Expect partly sunny skies today and hotter temperatures.
Highs in the low 90s.
Clear skies tonight, with lows in the upper 60s.
And partly sunny weather for the Fourth of July--highs climbing to near 90.
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8P-Halifax-Rapes


ANCHOR=Kmc
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=tte
TAPE#597-21
SS=legal scales


A sheriff's deputy says an alleged gang rape at a Halifax County High School was never reported.
Now officials are trying to find out why the school's administrator kept the alleged incident under wraps.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Halifax Co.;


A 14-year-old female told a counselor she was raped at the school by three fellow students, while two boys watched.
She says a teacher finally walked in and stopped the incident.
But even though a sheriff's deputy was on duty at the school, principal Larry Clark chose not to report it.
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SOT 2:47:54
IN Q=Being it was

((BARBARA JONES/SHERIFF'S DEPUTY: BEING IT WAS ON SCHOOL PROPERTY, THE SCHOOL WAS AWARE OF IT, AS ADMINISTRATIVE PERSONNEL AND AS ADULTS, THEY SHOULD KNOW THAT THIS SHOULD BE REPORTED TO SOMEONE, AT LEAST TO THE DEPUTY THAT WAS ON DUTY AT THE SCHOOL.))
SUPER=01-Barbara Jones/Sheriff's Deputy;
RUNS=:17
OUT Q=at the school
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VO-NAT


The Principal would not comment on this story.
School Superintendent Dennis Witt says the girl did NOT say she was FORCED to participate in the alleged sexual acts.
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SOT 3:10:02
IN Q=Our investigation

((DENNIS WITT/HALIFAX CO. SUPERINTENDENT: OUR INVESTIGATION AT THE TIME DID NOT INDICATE ILLEGAL ACTION BUT I WOULD SAY AN ERROR WAS PROBABLY MADE IN JUDGMENT BY NOT REPORTING PART OF THE INCIDENT.))
SUPER=01-Dennis Witt/School Superintendent;
RUNS=:11
OUT Q=of the incident
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VO-NAT


All five boys could be expelled-- criminal charges against them are pending.
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8Tech-Rape


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=MOrn
WRITER=lba
TAPE#net
GRAPHIC=Brzonkala


Meanwhile, Virginia Tech is under fire by the Department of Education for not accurately reporting an alleged 19-94 rape on ITS campus.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-@File


The agency said Tech failed to list the complaint of former student Christy Brzonkala under the correct year and failed to include procedures for reporting sex offenses in its campus security report.
No penalty is involved, but the school could face fines or suspension from federal student aid if violations continue.
A Tech spokesman called the findings (quote) ``bureaucratic nit-picking'' but said Tech will comply.
Brzonkala had accused two former Tech football players of the rape.
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8Fatal-Fire


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=lba
TAPE#97-44
GRAPHIC=fatal fire


An elderly man was killed in a house fire early this morning.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


It was a nurse who alerted authorities that someone was trapped inside the burning home on Grandin Road.
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SOT 04:24:23
IN Q=the first engine on the scene
RUNS=:14
OUT Q=bedroom window
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VO-NAT


Officials say it appears the man died of smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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8P-Moonshine


ANCHOR=Kimberly
NEWSCAST=Mornin
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#97-35
GRAPHIC=none


A federal judge yesterday handed down sentences to five members of a Pittsylvania county moonshining ring.
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VO-NAT
SUPER=03-Roanoke;


61- year- old Amos Law was the leader of the operation.
He was sentenced to serve two years in prison and ordered to pay a four -thousand dollar fine.
Several others got sentences ranging from probation to a year in prison.
SUPER=03-Pittsylvania Co./August 27, 1996


When law enforcement officials busted the still last August, they found eight pots of UN- taxed peach brandy and corn liquor.
Both the prosecution and the defense spent most of the day trying to determine HOW much alcohol was involved.
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SOT 12:00:19
IN Q=Certainly, the defendants

((DON WOLTHUIS/ASST. U.S. ATTORNEY: CERTAINLY, THE DEFENDANTS OFFERED TESTIMONY AS TO WHAT THEY THOUGHT ACTUALLY HAPPENED. CERTAINLY, SOME OF THE GOVERNMENT'S EVIDENCE WAS BASED ON THE PROJECTED CAPACITY OF THE STILL. ))
SUPER=01-Don Wolthuis/Asst. U.S. Attorney;
RUNS=:12
OUT Q=capacity of the still
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ANCHOR=Kimberly
SS=NONE


Judge Sam Wilson ruled there was about 100-thousand dollars in lost federal tax revenue... a determining factor in sentencing

8weather


ANCHOR=Melanie
NEWSCAST=cut-in
WRITER=kmc
TAPE#
GRAPHIC=


Time again to look at the Thursday forecast--
Partly sunny skies today, with a slight chance of an afternoon thunderstorm.
Highs in the lower 90s.
Clear tonight, with lows in the upper 60s.
As for Independence Day, partly sunny and hot again...highs around 90.
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