Up next on news 7 at 5, we'll hear from the exotic dancer who says she was held against her will at a Virginia Tech Fraternity House.
and we'll see how Roanoke's Community Hospital is doing following yesterday's fire and evacuation.
Our weather heads are stuck in the clouds. Lots of fog and drizzle through Wednesday.
In medical news --
Roanoke Mental Health Agencies are fighting for services for young patients closer to home.
And how can chewing gum clear an ear infection?
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((I WAS VERY SCARED BUT I SAID I'M HERE IT'S A JOB. ))
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A Roanoke exotic dancer tells her version of what happened the night she says she was tricked into performing at a Blacksburg fraternity.
19-year old Mischelle Russell says she knew the evening was off to a rocky start when she discovered she wasn't dancing for a group of professors.
Teresa Hamilton spoke to Russell about that night and joins us from our Blacksburg newsroom.
Jean, after talking to Russell we found out there's a lot more to the story than we originally reported yesterday...
A story that now includes allegations of sexual misconduct and bribery.
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(( 19- year old Mischelle Russell spoke to NEWS 7 on the condition that we wouldn't show her face.
She says Ryan Worch who was arrested yesterday in connection with the case was the one who set the series of events in motion.
She says Worch called her employer last month saying he needed someone to dance for some Virginia Tech professors.
But when she and her boyfriend arrived in Blacksburg they found out she'd actually be performing for about 30- men at the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity.
((MISCHELLE RUSSELL/EXOTIC DANCER: THEY ALL KEPT GETTING ROWDY AND KEPT DRINKING AND THROWING CANS ALL OVER THE FLOOR AND I THOUGHT THIS AIN'T COOL BUT I SAID I'M GOING TO KEEP GOING. ))
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Russell performs her dance routine in lingerie...
She says this upset many in the audience who wanted her to show more.
She says one man proceeded to expose himself, grabbed her and tried to remove her clothing.
She says she was also offered a broom.
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((MISCHELLE RUSSELL:THEY WANTED ME TO USE A BROOMSTICK SO THEY COULD GET THE PLEASURE WATCHING ME, I SAID NO WAY, A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT TIMES. ))
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Russell says she and her boyfriend were told they couldn't leave the frat house until she danced the way they wanted her to.
When they were able to leave, she says her boyfriend was handed 100- dollars and told to keep his mouth shut.
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It's going to be at least two days before the emergency room is open at Carilion's Roanoke Community Hospital.
The E-R is empty today for the first time since the hospital was built.
Yesterday's electrical fire knocked out a transformer...
So there's no power in parts of the hospital's first two floors.
The fire started in the boiler room and spread quickly.
Noone was hurt.
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((BETH BALDWIN/CARILION SPOKESWOMAN: EVERYBODY IS OK AND THERE WASN'T ANY PANIC AND I THINK THAT'S BECAUSE OF THE STAFF MOVING EVERYBODY QUICKLY: WE'RE UNDER AN EMERGENCY SITUATION AND NEED TO MOVE YOU TO ANOTHER ROOM. AND BECAUSE THEY WEREN'T PANICKING, THE PATIENTS HAD NO REASON TO PANIC.))
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Patients who were in the emergency room yesterday and still needed attention were sent to Memorial Hospital in South Roanoke.
That's where Carilion is sending anyone who needs emergency care today.
A shooting rampage at City Hall in Riverside California-
has wounded the mayor, two police officers and two city council members.
The shooting happened during a city council meeting- None of the injuries is considered life threatening.
((I RECOGNIZE THIS RAISES QUESTIONS ABOUT THE SAFETY OF ALL OF US IN PUBLIC OFFICE. IT'S SOMETHING WE WILL BE LOOKING AT IN OUR CITY AND I SUSPECT IN OTHER CITIES.))
[SUPER=01-Ron Loveridge/Riverside Mayor;]
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The suspect was also wounded in the shooting- He is a former city employee who sued the city for firing him.
Richmond's historically high murder rate is down this year -- and city leaders credit "Project Exile."
The federal program to send anyone caught with an illegal gun to prison for five years is working so well that Governor Jim Gilmore wants to borrow it.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THROUGH FEDERAL ADOPTION OF STATE CASES, THE CITY OF RICHMOND HAS REMOVED 418 GUNS AND 350 GUN-WIELDING FELONS FROM THE STREETS SINCE FEBRUARY 1997. IT'S WORKING. AND WE NEED TO EXPAND IT.))
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Today is Governor Gilmore's 49th birthday.
For his present, he asked lawmakers to pass a "Virginia Exile" law in 1999.
The Virginia law would send criminals caught with an illegal gun to prison for three years.
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((SEN. KEN STOLLE/VIRGINIA CRIME COMMISSION: THE CRIMINALS ARE MAKING A DECISION THAT THEY'RE WILLING TO DO THE TIME FOR THIS PARTICULAR CRIME. AND TODAY, VIRGINIA IS INCREASING THE ANTE ON THAT. IT'S A WHOLE NEW DECISION FOR THE VIRGINIA CRIMINAL NOW IF THEY'RE GONNA GET INVOLVED AND USE A WEAPON.))
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The administration is only pushing for a three year prison term so state prisons don't become overcrowded.
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A federal grant means one locality will expand it's efforts to fight child pornography,
And the woman who stalked entertainer David Letterman meets a violent end.
On Health Check, a new study shows that certain types of Chewing Gum can help children fight off ear infections.
and Patrick Evans goes in search of Soup, Soap, and Salvation.
The woman who served time for stalking David Letterman had died a violent death.
CBS confirmed today that Margaret Mary Ray killed herself by kneeling in front of an oncoming freight train in Colorado.
The 46 year old woman was hit by a train carrying about 100 coal cars.
Ray had a long history of stalking talk show host David Letterman-
She spent time in prison and in a mental institution after she was convicted of trespassing at Letterman's Connecticut home.
Ray was also sentenced for stalking astronaut Story Musgrave.
The full house will vote Friday on whether to launch impeachment hearings into the President.
The White House is accusing Republicans of focusing on the scandal to take attention away from the federal budget bill.
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((JOE LOCKHART/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESMAN: THE REUBLICANS SEEM TO WANT TO DRAW ATTENTION AWAY FROM THE FACT THEY HAVEN'T BEEN ABLE TO GET THEIR WORK DONE))
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But Repubicans claim Democrats are trying to divert attention from the case by threatening the government will shut down if the budget isn't passed.
((SEN. TRENT LOTT/R- MAJORITY LEADER:
AND WE ARE CONCERNED THAT THEY ARE TALKING ABOUT A DOMESTIC WAG THE DOG, TAKE ADVANTAGE OF, YOU
KNOW, SOME WAY TO CHANGE THE SUBJECT OR DISTRACT ATTENTION FROM THE ADMINISTRATION'S PROBLEMS BY NOT COMING TO AN AGREEMENT ON THIS OMNIBUS
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It's expected the House will vote Friday to go forward with impeachment hearings.
Child pornographers looking for victims should steer clear of Bedford County.
That's the word from Bedford authorities who are launching a major effort against child porn on the Internet.
A 200-thousand dollar federal grant will help hire two new full-time Internet investigators.
Working just part-time, sheriff Mike Brown's department has already nabbed several suspects and confiscated thousands of illicit photographs.
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((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD CO. SHERIFF: IN ADDITION TO THE PORNOGRAPHY DISTRIBUTION, THE CHARGES THERE, YOU HAVE A SEXUAL ASSAULT OF AT LEAST TWO CHILDREN IN EACH ONE OF THESE PHOTOGRAPHS. SO IT'S JUST NOT DISTRIBUTION OF PORNOGRAPHY OR THE POSSESSION OF PORNOGRAPHY, IT'S CHILD SEXUAL ASSAULT IN THE VILEST VEIN.))
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Bedford County was one of just ten departments in the country to receive the grant.
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A group of lawmakers and business leaders say two constitutional amendments on the ballot in November are vital to the future of southwest Virginia.
Amendments three and four would authorize cities, counties and towns to create regional industrial parks.
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((SEN. CHARLES HAWKINS/CHATHAM; WITH THESE AMENDMENTS THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY COULD SET ASIDE AN INDUSTRIAL THAT IS OWNED BY THREE DIFFERENT COUNTIES, THEY CAN POOL THEIR RESOURCES, POOL THEIR EFFORTS AND DO SOMETHING FOR THEIR ENTIRE COMMUNITY WITHOUT AFFECTING THE TAX RATE OF THE FARMER, OR THE SMALL HOME OWNER, OR THE BUSINESSMAN IN THAT AREA THAT COULD NOT AFFORD TO PAY HIGHER TAXES.))
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Cities and counties could raise taxes inside the new industrial park itself.
That is drawing opposition from Governor Gilmore, who says the public should NOT be forced to pay new taxes without an opportunity to vote on them.
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The City Rescue Mission is trying something new to celebrate its 50th anniversary. Coming up a little later Patrick Evans will bring us the story of Soup, Soap and Salvation.
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In Sports, Virginia Tech will turn to its third quarterback of the season as it prepares for Thursday night's game against Boston College.
Next on health check --
Local health agencies are asking for lawmakers help in funding a project to reduce hospitalization of children suffering from mental illness.
Blue Ridge Community Services says State Mental health facilities are NOT always the answer for Roanoke Valley's children.
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((FAMILIES WHO MAY NOT HAVE A CAR OR LESS RESOURCES AND JUST CANNOT GET TO A CHILD AND WHAT MUST THAT BE FOR A CHILD TO BE THAT FAR AWAY FROM HOME WITHOUT THEIR SUPPORT SYSTEM AROUND THEM.))
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Children younger than 13 years old with a mental health problem are primarily sent to Dejarnette in Staunton.
Adolescents receive care at Southwestern Virginia Mental Health Institute in Marion.
Both are state hospitals hundreds of miles from Roanoke.
Keeping Our Kids at Home is a community project of several different health agencies offering alternatives to hospitalizing children suffering from mental illness.
Blue Ridge Community Services representatives spoke to lawmakers this morning in downtown Roanoke about continuing funding for the KOKAH project.
The financial support has allowed the program to create staff positions and pay for outside help.
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((MELISSA HAYS-SMITH/CHILD & ADOLESCENT DIRECTOR: WE'VE BEEN ABLE TO PURCHASE A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT SERVICES FROM LEWIS-GALE CENTER FOR BEHAVIORAL HEALTH. ONE IS INPATIENT PSYCHIATRIC SERVICES AND THE OTHER IS DAY TREATMENT SERVICERS SO THEY CAN STAY WITH THEIR FAMILY AT NIGHT AND GO FOR THE TREATMENT DURING THE DAY.))
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A study to evaluate the project's cost effectiveness is underway.
KOKAH will be an example for other communities throughout Southwest Virginia to follow as cutbacks are made at state run facilities.
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[IN Q=If all those resources go away]
((MELISSA HAYS-SMITH/CHILD & ADOLESCENT DIRECTOR: IF ALL THOSE RESOURCES GO AWAY, THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY IS GOING TO HAVE TO HAVE SOME WAY FOR COMMUNITITES TO SERVE THESE KIDS IN PSYCHIARTRIC CRISIS. PSYCHIATRIC CRTISIS ARE NOT GOING AWAY JUST BECAUSE YOU CLOSE BEDS.))
[SUPER=01-Melissa Hays-Smith/Child & Adolescent Director; ]
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About 145-thousand dollars has been appropriated by the General Assembly for this fiscal year.
Could chewing gum help keep your children free of ear infections?
A new study suggests that may be the case.
Dr. Dave Hnida(NY-dah) has more on a surprising and simple solution.
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((WHEN A CHILD GETS AN EAR INFECTION, THE USUAL TREATMENT IS ANTIBIOTICS.
THE TREATMENT FOR REPEATED EAR INFECTIONS IS YET MORE ANTIBIOTICS.IT
WOULD BE NICE TO HAVE AN ALTERNATIVE. ACCORDING TO A NEW STUDY IN THE
JOURNAL PEDIATRICS- THERE MAY BE.
NOT JUST ANY GUM-- BUT CHEWING GUM WITH A SWEETENER CALLED XYLITOL.
IN THE STUDY- MORE THAN 800 CHILDREN IN A DAY CARE SETTING WERE GIVEN
XYLITOL OR A PLACEBO EVERY DAY FOR 3 MONTHS. THOSE THAT HAD A DAILY
"DOSE" OF ONE PIECE OF XYLITOL SWEEETENED CHEWING GUM CUT THEIR RATE OF
EAR INFECTIONS BY 40%.
(HNIDA STANDUP: DR. DAVE HNIDA REPORTING)
" SO HOW MIGHT XYLITOL WORK? RESEARCHERS BELIEVE THE SWEETENER INHIBITS
OR PREVENTS THE GROWTH OF A GERM CALLED PNEUMOCOCCUS. PNEUMOCOCCUS IS
THE MOST CAUSE OF CHILDHOOD EAR INFECTIONS. SO IF A YOUNGSTER WOULD BE
EXPOSED TO PNEUMCOCCUS FROM ANOTHER CHILD- THE XYLITOL CHEWING GUM WOULD
PREVENT THE GERM FROM GOING UP INTO THE MIDDLE EAR."
CHILDREN UNDER AGE 2- WHO REALLY CANT SAFELY CHEW GUM- WERE GIVEN A
SYRUP WITH XYLITOL- IT ALSO WORKED WELL AT PREVENTING EAR INFECTIONS
WITH NO SIDE EFFECTS.
SO IF YOU HAVE A CHILD WHO GETS ONE EAR INFECTION AFTER ANOTHER, OR A
YOUNGSTER WHO GETS A COLD THAT YOU KNOW WILL GO UP INTO THE EARS. IT MAY
BE TIME TO REACH FOR THE GUM, AND BURST THE BUBBLE OF A PAINFUL EAR
INFECTION. DR. DAVE HNIDA FOR CBS NEWS.))
In Sports, the Major League Playoffs resume tonight.
With that and the latest from Virginia Tech, here's Mike Stevens.[S5-Yanks]
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Good afternoon our Tuesday Ticker takes us to Tech but first a look at Indians-Yankees match up.
The best of seven series for the American League Championship begins tonight.
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The Yankees are heavy favorites with 114 wins under their belts this season.
And New York might just want a taste of revenge after Cleveland ended the Yankees 1997 season.
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The National League Championship Series between the San Diego Padres and the Atlanta Braves begins tomorrow night in Atlanta.
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Virginia Tech travels to Chesnut Hill, Massachusetts to meet Boston College Thursday night.
And this battle of Big East unbeatens has serious conference implications.
But Steve Mason says even with a new quarterback, the Hokies remain calm.
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Jean will be back right after this with more News 7 at Five.
I'll see you again at six, take care everybody.
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The City Rescue Mission is celebrating it's 50th anniversary with a big Stage production. Patrick Evans has the details.
Jean, the locally written and produced musical is about three things most important to the Mission and it's residents: Soup, Soap, and Salvation.
With me today, the choreographer and composer of the new show with more information on the production, taking place at Mill Mountain Theater.
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