They're tied down, drugged, and needlessly warehoused.
Patients at Virginia's 15 mental health institutions are getting worse than a minimal level of care.
Those are some of the scathing findings of an independent consultant-- whose report was finally released today by Governor Jim Gilmore.
The state hired Massachusetts mental health expert Dr. Jeffrey Geller in May 1996 to evaluate its mental health facilities and report to then-Attorney General Jim Gilmore.
Today, after 14 months of requests by reporters, Governor Jim Gilmore made the Geller report public.
It's findings are ugly.
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[SUPER=01-Val Marsh/Virginia Alliance for the Mentally Ill; :25]
[OUT Q=disabled Virginians.]
(([sot tape ONE 09:47:59 ]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: I FIRMLY BELIEVE THAT NO GOVERNMENT INSTITUTION SHOULD EVER BE IMMUNE FROM PUBLIC CRITICISM. SO TODAY, I'M ORDERING THE RELEASE OF DR. GELLER'S REPORTS.))
[sot tape one 09:53:15]
((ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLEY: THE GELLER REPORTS PROVIDE US WITH A BLUEPRINT FOR CORRECTIVE ACTION AT OUR FACILITIES AND WILL HELP US IMPROVE THE QUALITY OF CARE.))
[sot tape 2 10:28:38]
((VAL MARSH/VIRGINIA ALLIANCE FOR MENTALLY ILL: NOT ENOUGH STAFF, POORLY TRAINED STAFF, LEADS TO NEEDING TO TIE PEOPLE DOWN INSTEAD OF PROVIDING ACTIVE TREATMENT.))
The Governor announced he is appointing a commission, headed up by former Deputy Attorney General Catherine Hammond, to report back by December n action plan to improve mental health and mental retardation care.
[sot tape 2 10:11:07]
((GOV. JIM GILMORE: OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND WILL SIMPLY NOT DO. AND THIS IS A NEW DAY FOR DISABLED VIRGINIANS.))
Among the specific findings, Geller recommends completely closing Danville's Southern Virginia Mental Health Institute and the adolescent unit at Southwestern state hospital in Marion.
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He also will appoint an Inspector General just for the mental health facilities.
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The man who stomped, choked, and stabbed a Roanoke County real-estate agent to death 8 years ago was executed in Jarratt last night.
Danny King had no final statement before his death by lethal injection.
Earlier in the week, the U-S Supreme Court denied Danny Lee King's final appeal.
Yesterday, just hours before the scheduled execution, Virginia Governor Jim Gilmore denied King's request for clemency.
King and his former wife posed as potential home buyers to lure
Carolyn Rogers to a vacant house.
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[OUT Q=his fists were clenched.]
King claimed his ex-wife killed Rogers.
The Henry County woman accused of taking her infant daughter's life on Mother's Day will face a jury in November.
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Sharon Alley's trial date was set yesterday.
She's charged with first-degree murder for allegedly stabbing her eight-month old daughter Brooke to death.
It happened Alley's parent's home in Figsboro.
She's also charged with felony child abuse for allegedly throwing the little girl on the floor last October.
Both charges against Alley will be combined into one trial.
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The controversy surrounding Smith Mountain Lake's policy advisory board continues.
The board's director drew fire from board members after suggesting the Lake's water quality be tested regularly.
One member resigned yesterday to show his support for Hilde Hussa, though it appears SHE will keep her job.
Tina Tenret has the latest.
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[SUPER=01-Ken Dugan/Board Member; :31]
[OUT Q=Tina Tenret News7]
((( Hilde Hussa says her job as executive director of the lake's advisory board is safe.
She's been under attack for a month, ever since she suggested hiring a full time professional to test the lake's water.
Some say she should not have spoken as a board representative because she made the lake sound dirty.
Hussa says they misinterpreted her remarks.
But for more than an hour -- as the board met in executive session -- her fate was up in the air.
Board member Ken Dugan stormed out in protest.
[IN Q=Everybody on the lake]
((EVERYBODY ON THE LAKE WANTS TO SUPPORT HER EXCEPT HER OWN BOARD. I'M SORRY ABOUT THAT. SO ARE YOU RESIGNING? YES. THEY HAVE MY LETTER OF RESIGNATION. WHAT DO YOU WNAT THEM TO DO? SUPPORT THEIR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.))
[IN Q=Dugan says ]
((TINA TENRET/NEWS7: DUGAN SAYS HE QUIT BECAUSE THE BOARD WANTED TO EITHER FIRE HUSSA OR PUNISH HER. HE'S WAITING TO SEE WHAT ACTION THEY WILL TAKE. THE BOARD CHAIRMAN IS EXPECTED TO MAKE A FORMAL ANNOUNCEMENT LATER TODAY. TINA TENRET NEWS7.))
State police say both alcohol and high speed were factors in a car accident that claimed the life of a Rocky Mount man late last night.
18-year-old Robert Josiah Bailey was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash that occurred on Route 7-18 in Franklin County.
Police say Bailey's pick-up ran off the road on a curve and flipped several times.
Bailey's passenger, 18-year-old Kenneth Lewis Lynch, was airlifted to Roanoke Memorial Hospital.
His condition is not yet available..
Nothing beats the heat better than water.
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But, folks in sun-scorched Fort Worth, Texas, have been ordered to cut back because of a major water main break last night.
Two major hospitals were without water for a time.
Meantime, President Clinton has ordered 100 million dollars in emergency funds to 11 southern and western states to help people pay for air conditioners, fans and utility bills.
The heat wave has so far killed 136 people.
Former White House Chief of Staff Harold Ickes (IHK'-eez) may have to make another appearance before the Monica Lewinsky Grand jury.
A government official says there's been testimony from a uniformed
Secret Service officer that he and Ickes saw President Clinton and
Lewinsky alone in a room near the Oval Office.
But Ickes has denied that report to C-B-S News.
Ickes testified before the grand jury for about 20 minutes yesterday.
Larry Cockelly, President Clinton's chief bodyguard also testified yesterday.
Sources say Cockell claims he never knew Lewinsky and never saw
anything he considered unusual.
President Clinton turned his attention toward education as he addressed delegates of the Boys Nation.
It was exactly thirty-five years ago, Mr. Clinton first went to the White House as a delegate for Boys Nation, meeting his hero, President John F. Kennedy.
CLINTON: HE MADE US BELIEVE THAT TOGETHER WE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD. I STILL BELIEVE THAT AND I THINK IT IS NO LESS TRUE FOR YOUR GENERATION.'
[OUT Q=true for your generation]
The President urged Congress to prioritize education in America.
Deliberations have resumed in the so-called cadet murder trial.
David Graham is the former Air Force Academy cadet accused of killing a 16 year old Texas girl as part of a love triangle.
Angela Hale reports.
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[SUPER=01-Michelle Hartmann/Prosecutor; :17]
[SUPER=01-Mike Parrish/Lead Prosecutor; :35]
[SUPER=01-Dan Cogdell/Lead Defense Lawyer; 1:12]
[OUT Q=CBS News]
(("The defendant david christoperher graham..stands charged by indictment with the offense of capital murder."
IN CLOSING ARGUMENTS PROSECUTORS IMMEDIATELY TURNED THE FOCUS TO THE VICTIM.. SHOWING A PICTURE OF THE 16 YEAR OLD MANSFIELD TEENAGER..
"You know she was the sacrifice at the alter of david graham's ego..his cowardness.. and his utter lack of humanity."
PROSECUTORS TOLD THE JURY DAVID GRAHAM CONFESSED.. HE DID IT, HE MURDERED AN INNOCENT GIRL.
"That man, that man, right there, that man walked over to a helpless, defenseless, innocent Adrianne Jones as she laid there bleeding.. "
THEN THEY SAY HE PULLED OUT HIS 9 MILLIMETER MAKAROV AND SHOT HER IN THE HEAD TWICE.
"He plays God.. he decides to make the call.. he decides to make damn sure."
DEFENSE ATTORNEY DAN COGDELL TOLD THE JURY THEY CAN'T BELIEVE GRAHAM'S CONFESSION OR THE EVICDENCE. HE CALLED THE GRAND PRAIRIE POLICE INVESTIGATION A HATCHET JOB.. AND THE WORST POLICE WORK HE'S EVER SEEN.
"I'm going to give you David Graham, he's your charge, he's your responsiblity, you hold justice in your hands. it's up to you to tell the world whether reasonable doubt is fact or reasonable doubt is
NOW DAVID GRHAM'S FATE.. DAVID GRAHAM'S FUTURE IS IN THE HANDS OF A COMAL COUNTY JURY. ANGELA HALE FOR CBS NEWS.
NOW UNLIKE THE JURY IN THE TRIAL OF DIANE ZAMORA... DAVID GRAHAM'S JURY WILL HAVE MORE THAN JUST ONE CHOICE IN THEIR DELIBERATIONS. BESIDES CAPITAL MURDER... THE JUDGE HAS GIVEN THIS PANEL THE OPTION OF TWO
LESSER CHARGES... MURDER AND AGGRAVATED KIDNAPPING. HOWEVER... BEFORE THEY CAN CONSIDER THOSE LESSER CHARGES...THE JURY MUST FIRST CONSIDER CAPITAL MURDER. IF FOUND GUILTY OF THAT MOST SERIOUS CHARGE...GRAHAM...
LIKE ZAMORA...WILL FACE LIFE IN PRISON.))
The new movie based on D-Day opened across the country today.
Dozens of World War Two veterans, and younger folks, turned out for the premier of "Saving Private Ryan" at the Grandin Theater.
The special showing was set up by the National D-Day Memorial Committee, the group building a monument in Bedford to the troops who stormed the beaches of Normandy more than fifty years ago.
Veterans in Lynchburg will also have a special screening of the film this afternoon.
Something new for lung cancer patients to ask their doctors about.
A mammoth study published in London today finds radiation therapy after tumor surgery may actually do more harm than good.
The study concludes there may be a higher death risk for some patients.
Meantime, the American Lung Association says even Congress will sell cigarettes to kids.
In an undercover sting, it had a couple of 15-year-olds buy cigarettes at Capitol Hill snack bars.
At more than half the shops the clerks sold the teens cigarettes.[E-Chatham-First]
Some Chatham residents want to bring more businesses and customers into town.
The non-profit group called "Chatham First" is leading the way.
Christy Hubley explains.
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[SUPER=01-Gary Kottwitz/Chatham First; :38]
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(( An old-fashioned ice cream social brings back the flavor of yesteryear.
But a non-profit group in Chatham says it wants to do more than encourage neighbors to share a few good times.
It wants to make the streets of downtown vital again.
That's one reason Mollie Holmes joined "Chatham First."
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((MOLLIE HOLMES/CHATHAM FIRST: THERE WERE 3 OR 4 CLOTHING STORES. THERE WERE 2 SODA FOUNTAINS, AND SEVERAL GROCERY STORES. ALL THAT'S CHANGED BUT WE'RE GOING TO BE BRINGING IT BACK.))
[OUT Q=bringing it back.]
That won't be easy.
Long-standing downtown businesses are moving out or closing altogether.
Chatham First says it's the result of a growing mall-mentality.
[IN Q=With malls and large]
((GARY KOTTWITZ/CHATHAM FIRST: WITH MALLS AND LARGE SHOPPING CENTERS OF ALL KINDS GOING IN IT'S JUST MUCH MORE CONVENIENT FOR PEOPLE TO SHOP AND MOST SMALL DOWNTOWNS ARE REALLY SUFFERING.))
[OUT Q=are really suffering.]
Chatham First is now surveying businesses and residents to see what priorities they have about preserving Pittsylvania's county seat.
The group-- which is drumming up support by hosting community festivals-- says Chatham will thrive again.
[IN Q=I don't want to see]
((MOLLY HOLMES/CHATHAM FIRST: I DON'T WANT TO SEE US BECOME A DEFUNCT TOWN AND I THINK THERE'S A LOT OF LIFE HERE WE JUST GOTTA REKINDLE IT.))
[OUT Q=gotta rekindle it.]
Christy Hubley, News 7, Chatham.))
Former VMI head football coach Bill Stewart is suing the school for breach of contract.
Stewart resigned from the institution in December of 1996 after he was accused of firing a racial slur at one of his players.
He is now seeking compensatory damages of at least one million dollars from VMI, and another $350 thousand dollars in punitive damages from superintendent Major General Josiah Bunting, and former athletic director Davis Babb.
The suit contends that VMI officials labeled Stewart a racist and kept him from gaining employment elsewhere in college football.
He almost was hired as the head coach at Randolph Macon, but failed to get that and several other coaching jobs in the college ranks.
Stewart is currently an offensive line coach in the Canadian Football League.
VMI is refering all questions concerning the suit to the state attorney general's office.