The jury comes down on the side of the police officer accused of using excessive force.
We'll hear from the Jury Foreman on NEWS 7 at SIX.
And state educators are warned to take all threats of school violence seriously.
In sports, Bulls/Jazz round four is on tap for tonight, words from Michael and the mailman, Roy Stanley brings us up to speed on the danville 97's
and E.C. Glass looses its head basketball coach, we will tell you why in sports.
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Roanoke police did not use excessive force when they arrested Eric Scott Lee five years ago.
Officer Jim Donaldson was exonerated today at the end of a 3-day trial in federal court.
The day he and two other officers arrested Lee- -in May, 1993- -Officer Donaldson told investigators he used a "choke hold" to subdue the 20-year old assault suspect.
In his testimony yesterday, Officer Donaldson said that's NOT what it was, but that he'd seen other officers use choke holds.
The jury of five women and two men apparently discussed that during the hour and a half it took them to decide the case.
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((BILL SHEPHERD/JURY FOREMAN: I THINK IT RAISED SOME CONCERNS, BUT AGAIN I THINK THE PLAINTIFF FAILED TO PROVE ITS CASE. ))
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Donaldson wept with relief at the verdict, then found a back way out of the courtroom to avoid the T-V camera.
His lawyer says this incident was an isolated instance.
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((WE DON'T HAVE ANY RECORD OF ANY OTHER USE OF A CHOKE HOLD. WE HAVE NO OTHER COMPLAINTS WITH THAT REGARD. ))
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Guynn says police officers have the right to use a degree of force one notch higher than what's being used against them by anyone resisting arrest.
A five- year old was suspended from school for two days in Nelson County this week for threatening to bring "his gun" back to school to settle a play ground altercation.
It's just the latest such story, as Virginia principals deal with students "copycatting" national news events.
Last week, the Virginia Department of Education sent a warning to all 135 school divisions: "take all threats seriously."
The memo points to warning signs of potentially violent behavior, and encourages administrators to crack down on what may have seemed innocent in the past.
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((RICHARD LAYMAN/DEP. SUP'T. FOR PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: OUR ULTIMATE CONCERN IS THE SAFETY AND WELFARE AND WELL-BEING OF ALL CHILDREN. IN THESE TYPE OF SITUATIONS AND ONES WE'VE DISCUSSED, THERE IS NO MARGIN OF ERROR. YOU'RE EITHER COMPLETELY RIGHT OR YOU'RE COMPLETELY WRONG. WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THE LIFE OF A CHILD WE ONLY HAVE ONE POSSIBLE ANSWER AND THAT IS TO BE COMPLETELY RIGHT. SO THE CONCERN IS WE TAKE EVERY SINGLE INSTANCE VERY SERIOUSLY.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Layman/Dep. Sup't. for Public Instruction;]
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Virginia's had a safety resource center for two years.
It helps schools plan for crisis situations like hostage-takings, shootings, and suicides at school.
State officials are also seeing an increase in the number of children disciplined for abusive language.
Leslie Paradiso (pear-uh-dee-so) says the school system overreacted when her 12- year old son told another student to "screw" himself.
Her son, who attends Blacksburg Middle school, was given a one- day in-school suspension.
Paradiso says her son was merely defending himself against another child who repeatedly humiliates him.
((LESLIE PARADISO/PARENT:THE BOY WAS RIDICULING HIM IN THE LOCKER ROOM AND HUMILIATED HIM AND HE GOT UPSET AND SAID A WORD THAT WAS NOT A CURSE WORD AND NOTHING WAS DONE TO THE OTHER BOY. ))
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[OUT Q=the other boy.]
The in-school suspension was eventually changed to two days detention.
Montgomery County superintendent Fred Morton says a lot of factors, including common sense, go into disciplining children in order to create a safe environment for all kids.
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Columbia Lewis-Gale and Carilion hospitals are opposed to having a new M-R-I center built in Roanoke County
Representatives from both hospitals voiced their concerns at a public hearing this afternoon.
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Tonya Flory was at the meeting and joins us now to explain why the health care giants don't want a new center.
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This is just the first step on a long road to actually building the walk in center.
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In Rockbridge County, students and teachers alike could be reaching for different outfits as they head to school.
We'll explain coming up,
The days of summer vacation could be numbered for some Danville students as yearound schooling earns high marks.
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A Bedford County pet store owner pled guilty today to manufacturing marijuana.
Sheriff's authorities and the D-E-A raided 23- year- old Anthony Gordon Ray's home in Forest last October after getting a tip from an informant.
That's where they found a sophisticated marijuana growing operation, complete with water tanks, lights and 87 healthy plants.
Ray says he found the information on how to grow marijuana on the Internet.
He was given a six- month jail sentence but will be allowed to remain at home under an electronic monitoring program.
Governor Jim Gilmore's presiding over a booming state economy-- one he admitted today is linked to the national boom.
Today, he appointed 150 business leaders to advise him in developing a new strategy for economic development.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I PLEDGED TO CREATE 250-THOUSAND NEW JOBS AND TO INCREASE ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR THE ENTIRE COMMONWEALTH.))
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In the first five months of Gilmore's term, 17-thousand new jobs have been created.
Stocks closed lower across the board with the Dow
hitting the skids in the last hour of trading.
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The Dow lost 78 points to close at 89 hundred 72.
NASDAQ was down 28 points.
Today was the last day of school for MOST students in Danville.
But SOME children have another ten days of classes before their summer vacations begin.
They are year-round students.
Christy Hubley brings us up-to-date on the push to get more Danville schools on a year-round schedule.
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(( No more pencils, no more books.
School's out for the summer in Danville.
And kids already have big plans for their vacation.
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((MARY MAJOR/G.W. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT: I'M GOING TO TRY TO SPEND SOME TIME WITH MY DAD THIS SUMMMER AND GO SWIMMING WITH SOME OF MY FRIENDS.))
[OUT Q=some of my friends.]
But don't let these empty classrooms at Schoolfield Elementary fool you.
Children will be back here tomorrow.
Schoolfield is on a year-round schedule-- where students get an extra 40-days of instruction.
The principal says you can see the benefits in the report cards.
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((SUZANNE JONES/SCHOOLFIELD ELEM. PRINCIPAL: ABOUT 53% OF OUR STUDENTS WHO WERE AT RISK IN THE BEGINNING OF THE YEAR WITH D'S AND F'S HAVE BROUGHT THOSE GRADES UP TO AN A,B, OR C LEVEL. REPORTER: AND YOU ATTRIBUTE THAT OT THE EXTRA DAYS? JONES: THE EXTRA DAYS, YES.))
[OUT Q=the extra days, yes.]
The school board has found money to make Taylor Elementary a year-round school like Schoolfield.
But it needs the help of Danville's city council to extend the year-round program to Gibson Middle School.
Next week, council members will vote whether to increase the city's waste water tax to provide the needed 137-thousand dollars.
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((ANDY OVERSTREET/DANVILLE SUPERINTENDENT: IF COUNCIL DOESN'T FUND THE YEAR ROUND PROGRAM FOR THAT SCHOOL, I DOUBT THAT THE SCHOOL BOARD WILL FUND IT. THEY WOULD HAVE TO DO A LOT OF COST SHIFTING IN ORDER TO DO IT AND WHILE THAT'S POSSIBLE I DON'T THINK THEY WILL.))
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Overstreet says the push for year-round schooling won't die if the council vote dies.
Danville Public Schools will keep asking for the money until they get it.
Christy Hubley, News 7, Danville.))
Last Wednesday marked the end of the school year for students in Covington.
But, it was the beginning of high-tech classroom preparations for school administrators.
They're getting local students wired to the world by adding two or three computers with Internet access to each computer lab.
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((TOMMY ROBERTSON/COVINGTON SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT: IT'S EXTREMELY IMPORTANT TO US BECAUSE WE WANT RESEARCH BEING DONE. WE WANT STUDENTS WHO NEED REMEDIATION TO BE ABLE TO GET REMEDIATION RIGHT IN THEIR OWN CLASSROOM OR STUDENTS THAT NEED ENRICHMENT TO BE ABLE TO GET ENRICHMENT IN THEIR OWN CLASSROOM.))
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[OUT Q=their own classroom.]
Funding for the new computers came from a 273 thousand dollar grant from the Alleghany Foundation.
Elementary, middle and high schools will be equipped with the computers by the end of this year.
Beginning next month teachers in Rockbridge County will have something in common with their students--a dress code.
School employees will NOT be allowed to wear clothing such as tank tops and cotton sweat suits.
The area's school superintendent says the dress code was extended to teachers to ensure students' good behavior.
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((GLEN STARK/ROCKBRIDGE COUNTY SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT:AS A PART OF WHAT THE COMMITTEE LOOKED AT IS SOME RESEARCH THAT SHOWS THAT IF TEACHERS DRESS MORE PROFESSIONALLY THEN THE BEHAVIOR OF THE STUDENTS IS MORE ACCEPTABLE. IF TEACHERS DRESS VERY CASUALLY, THE BEHAVIOR OF THE STUDENTS MIGHT NOT BE AS WHAT WE WOULD EXPECT.))
[SUPER=01-Glen Stark/Rockbridge Co. School Supt.]
[OUT Q=we would expect.]
On the list of restricted clothing for STUDENTS: biker shorts and things that show tobacco, drugs, or alcoholic drinks.
The region's school board approved the dress codes June first.
They go into effect July first.
George Washington head basketball coach Mike Jarvis finds a new job, the Bulls and the Jazz tsalk about game three,
and roy stanley will have the latest on the Danville 97's class A baseball team.
Game four of the NBA finals begins tonight at 9.The Bulls lead the series 2 games to one and look for their third straightt win tonight.
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hometown hoops weekly regular and E.C. Glass head coach Mike Dufrene announced his resignation
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today in a an afternoon news conference at the high school. Dufrene, who was alos the head guy at Brookville for five years, served as the Hilltoppers head coach for five years and posted a 45 and 63 record.
[OUT Q=...basketball coach"]
Dufrene has accepted the head job at Osburne, the high school in Manassas where he played ball under Barry Sudduth, who steps down to make room for his former player.
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The Atlantic 10 is losing one of its head basketball coaches.
George Washington's Mike Javis is leaving to become the head coach at St. John's.
Jarvis has a record of 253 wins and 141 losses in 13 seasons of coaching Division One teams.
He spent 5 years at Boston University before moving to George Washington.
The first half of the Carolina season is almost over.
And although they're at the bottom of the standings in the League's Southern Division, The Danville 97's are not ready to throw in the towel.
Roy Stanley has this report.
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The World Cup kicked off today and the defending world champion Brazil team barely escaped with a win over Scotland.
The brazilians scored the games first goal on this headed of the noggin of Cesar Sampio in the fourth minute of the game.
Tied one all in tthe 73rd minute, Brazile gets the huge break when the Brazil shot deflects off Scottish defender Tom Boyd and goes in. Brazil wins 2-1.
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Roanoke County's "Top Cop" has been at his post now for a full year.
Police Chief Ray Lavinder took over the county's police department after former chief John Cease left for a job in Wilmington, North Carolina.
When he assumed the post last June, he said there wouldn't be any major changes.
[IN Q=WE WOULD LIKE]
((RAY LAVINDER/ROANOKE CO. POLICE CHIEF; WE WOULD LIKE TO GET MORE INTO THE NEIGHBORHOODS, MAYBE OFF OF THE MORE TRAVELED LIKE 419, WILLIAMSON ROAD, PETERS CREEK ROAD, BRAMBLETON. WE'D LIKE TO GET THE OFFICER OFF OF THOSE AREAS AND INTO THE NEIGHBORHOODS, LET US FIND OUT WHAT IS GOING ON IN THE NEIGHBORHOODS AS FAR AS LAW ENFORCEMENT IS CONCERNED.))
[SUPER=01-Chief Ray Lavinder/Roanoke Co. Police; :]
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Tonight we look at how successful the chief was in reaching that goal and what plans he has for the county's law enforcement future.
That story tonight on News 7 at 11.
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