On NEWS 7 at SIX tonight, we'll hear from the woman who says a group of TECH fraternity boys got her into a corner.
And the day after the fire at Community Hospital- -we'll revisit that situation.
Tonight on News 7 sports, the Yanks and Indians arm themselves for game one, Rick Mast talks about the super expense of moving a superspeedway event.
And Tech's Gator Bowl MVP is going from a safety to a safety valve this week as he returns to play quarterback.
A wedge of cool high pressure left the area in a fog. More drizzle tomorrow then a better chance of rain Thursday.
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The allegations against a Tech fraternity go far deeper than holding an exotic dancer and her boyfriend against their will.
Teresa Hamilton spoke to the couple earlier today about their experience last month at the Phi Kappa Sigma frat house.
Keith, 19- year old Mischelle Russell spoke to NEWS 7 on the condition we wouldn't show her face.
She claims she was subjected to unwanted sexual advances and eventually offered money to keep quiet.
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((I DON'T FEEL IT'S FAIR WHAT THEY DID TO ME. ))
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Mischelle Russell says none of this would've happened had Ryan Worch, who was arrested yesterday for his alleged role in the incident, not called the Always Amber Escort agency and lied.
The company does NOT allow its dancers to perform for Tech students.
When Russell arrived-- she found out she'd been hired to dance for 30 or so fraternity members in a house where alcohol was NOT in short supply.))
((I WAS VERY SCARED BUT I SAID I'M HERE IT'S A JOB. ))
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Russell says she ONLY dances in lingerie and that many became angry when she refused to strip.
She says Worch requested she perform a sex act with a broom.
Her boyfriend, David Cheresnonsky, says another UNidentified man exposed himself.
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((DAVID CHERESNONSKY/RUSSELL'S BOYFRIEND:AND STARTED RUBBING ON HER PUSHING HER INTO A CORNER LAUGHING HAVING A GOOD TIME, EVERYONE WAS CHEERING HIM ON. ))
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Cheresnonsky says Worch alo prevented him from leaving-- allegedly saying he wanted his money back unless Russell stripped.
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((I TOLD HIM I CAN'T DO THAT, THIS IS THE AGENCIES MONEY, SHE PERFORMED HER SHOW AND HE REACHED PHYSICALLY IN MY POCKET, TWISTED ME UP AND GOT THE MONEY. ))
After a series of phone calls with the escort service-- the couple was allowed to go.
And, Cheresnonsky says Worch handed him a hundred dollars to keep his mouth shut.[Hospital-Fire]
The emergency room at Carilion's Roanoke Community Hospital remains dark tonight.
And it will stay that way for at least two days.
Yesterday's electrical fire knocked out the power supply to much of the hospital's first two floors.
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Scott Goldberg is at Community Hospital tonight.
Scott, where are they sending people who need medical attention?
Pregnant women, getting ready to deliver babies can still come here.
But anyone else who has an emergency is being sent to Memorial Hospital in south Roanoke.
This is what Community's emergency room looks like.
It's normally the busiest E-R in Southwest Virginia.
Today it's empty, with most of its power knocked out.
Crews are in the boiler room, where yesterday's fire started.
They said there's a lot of damage in there.
It will take at least two days to fix a burned out transformer.
Meanwhile, Carilion considers itself lucky that patients and staff are all O-K after yesterday's fire.
The hospital trains its staff for emergencies, and yesterday, Carilion said, that training paid off.
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((BETH BALDWIN/CARILION SPOKESWOMAN: IT'S ONE OF THE LAST PLACES YOU EXPECT AN EMERGENCY IN THE SYSTEM. SO IT'S REAL IMPORTANT A DISASTER PLAN IS IN PLACE AND EMPLOYEES KNOW WHAT TO DO. IT ALL WENT PERFECT LAST NIGHT .. WE WORK ON THE PLAN EVEN WHEN DISASTER'S AREN'T HAPPENING.))
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At this point, the Roanoke Fire Department says there's no reason to think this fire was anything other than an accident.
The only real casualty, besides electrical equipment, looks to be warm food.
The food service is operating out of Memorial Hospital.
So patients already at Community had to eat cold food, like sandwiches, shipped in from across town.
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The state's top C-E-Os are warning of a "fiscal paradox": a budget shortfall during seeminly good economic times.
The Virginia Business Council's new draft report says the state could be facing more than a BILLION DOLLAR A YEAR budget shortfall in just three years.
That's about the estimated annual cost of Governor Gilmore's fully phased-in "no car tax" plan.
Partial refunds started this year.
The Governor remains unconcerned
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: WE DON'T SEE ANYTHING THAT WOULD INDICATE THAT WE'RE LOOKING AT DEFICIT SPENDING ANYWHERE UP THE ROAD. THERE'S NO REALITY I THINK THAT ATTACHES TO THAT. BUT LET'S LOOK AT THE REPORT AND FIND OUT WHAT IT IS AND WHETHER IT'S CONSTRUCTIVE. WE'RE OPEN TO LISTENING TO ANY NEW IDEAS THAT COME FORWARD.))
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A Democratic state Senator who calls the Business Council "a very reputable group" says if the report is true:
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((SEN. BENNY LAMBERT/D-RICHMOND: WE'RE IN TROUBLE. WE'RE IN TROUBLE.))
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Virginia requires a balanced budget.
The report recommends budget slashing or new taxes.
In the past year, Bedford County authoritiesi isurfing the World Wide Webi ihave caught eight suspected child pornographers and identified dozens of others.
And that was while working on the problem only parti time.
Now a 200i thousand dollar federal grant will enable the sheriff's department to hire two fulli time Internet investigators.
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((MIKE BROWN/BEDFORD SHERIFF: CRIMINALS ARE RIDING THE CYBERSPACE AND WE'VE GOT TO RIDE RIGHT ALONG WITH THEM. WE'VE ACTUALLY GOT TO BE OUT IN FRONT OF THEM TO ADDRESS THIS PROBLEM AND THAT'S WHAT WE'RE GOING TO DO.))
((RANDY KRANTZ/PROSECUTOR: AND WHAT WE'RE TRYING TO DO IS ESSENTIALLY CREATE WHAT I CALL A SEAMLESS WEB OF LAW ENFORCEMENT, PROSECUTION, EDUCATION AND PREVENTION THAT WILL ALLOW US TO CATCH THOSE PEOPLE IN THAT WEB.))
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Krantz says state child porn laws need to be made tougher.
We'll hear more about that at 11.
Law enforcement officers in Halifax County believe they can do a better job cracking down on drugs if they work together.
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That's why they created the Halifax Regional Narcotic Enforcement Task Force.
Drug raids like this one will be a part of the new intiative.
Most drug task forces in Virginia are combined efforts among several counties.
But this one is unique-- because its agents are only from Halifax County.
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((MAJ. RAY LINK/HALIFAX CO. SHERIFF'S OFFICE: THERE ARE DRUG PROBLEMS EVERYWHERE IN THE UNITED STATES AND HALIFAX COUNTY'S GOT ITS SHARE AND WE'VE BEEN WORKING AT IT AND WE FEEL LIKE WE CAN DO A BETTER JOB WITH OUR OWN TASK FORCE.))
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The drug task force is made up of the Halifax County Sheriff's Office, the South Boston Police Department, State Police and Alcoholic Beverage Control.
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A proposed pension increase is up for a vote tomorrow, and it's got opposition. That story is still ahead on NEWS 7.
Next, as Home Depot stocks the shelves of one new store, company officials talk about their controversial plans for another one.
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Officials with Home Depot say property at Cave Spring Corner is a "bulls-eye site" for their second store in the area. Recent controversy hasn't shaken their belief that the parcel is appropriate for the development they're planning.
At the same time, Joe Dashiell reports opponents may be close to challenging the project in court.
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((The new Home Depot on Hershberger Road is set to open October 22nd. Inside the home improvement superstore, products are stacked to the rafters... the aisles busy with employees preparing for their grand opening.
It's a scene the company hopes to repeat at Cave Spring Corner. And with another vote by the supervisors now one week away, store officials say the controversial location is the best south county site they can find.
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((WE THINK WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO DO A REALLY GOOD JOB HERE. WE THINK WE'RE GOING TO BE ABLE TO SOLVE THE PROBLEMS INHERENT IN THIS PROPERTY AND WE THINK IF PEOPLE COME IN AND GIVE US A CHANCE TO SHOW WHAT WE KIND OF PEOPLE WE ARE, WHAT KIND OF MERCHANTS WE ARE, THEY WILL BE VERY GLAD THEY DID.))
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Members of the Cave Spring Citizens group aren't persuaded... Now more than 700 members strong, the opponents claim pledges of close to 30- thousand dollars. Leaders are hoping the supervisors who have supported the development will change their minds.
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((AND I WOULD LIKE FOR THEM TO BE ABLE TO OPEN THEIR EYES AND REALIZE WHAT THEY'VE DONE, WHAT THEY'RE DOING AND CHANGE THEIR POSITION AND AVOID ANY FURTHER CONFRONTATION AND BATTLE. BUT IF ITS NECESSARY, THE CITIZENS OF SOUTHWEST COUNTY AND THE CITIZENS GROUP THAT'S BEEN FORMED WILL FIGHT TO THE VERY END.))
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That fight may take the form of a legal challenge... that could come before the end of this week.
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State lawmakers say the Home Depot situation illustrates the need for voters to approve two constitutional amendments on the state ballot this fall.
SOME counties and
cities are running out of space to develop, while others have space, but no money.
The two amendments would allow cities, counties and towns to create regional industrial parks, sharing the cost, and the revenue.
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((JOHN STROUD/ROANOKE REGIONAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE; WE ARE ALREADY SEEING STRAINS ON OUR LIMITED TAX BASE FOR EDUCATION, SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION, AND OTHER IMPORTANT SERVICES. WORKING WITH OTHER LOCALITIES WOULD GIVE US AN OPPORTUNITY TO EXPAND OUR TAX BASE AND GENERATE NEW REVENUES FOR THESE IMPORTANT PROJECTS. ))
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But they'll have to fight Governor Gilmore to get that opportunity.
The governor doesn't like the fact that the amendments give local governments the ability to raise taxes inside an industrial park without a public vote.
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The chairman of Roanoke's Pension Plan Board says the proposed increase in pension benefits is "outrageous" and unnecessary.
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((TO INCREASE THE PENSION IS SIMPLY THE WRONG THING TO DO. NO PROBLEM IN RECRUITING AND RETAINING EMPLOYEES HAS BEEN DOCUMENTED. WE HAVE THE BEST RETIREMENT PLAN OF ANY CITY IN VIRGINIA.))
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Though Tonkinson is certainly in a position to know, he said he was addressing the issue today as a "concerned citizen," not a pension board member.
He said this is a "grass roots" effort opposed to pension increases for city employees.
City council takes up the issue tomorrow.[Barta]
A Virginia Democratic congressman says he's willing to extend the deadline on an impeachment inquiry.
Representative Rick Boucher suggests amending the Democratic proposal -- moving the deadline from November 25th to the end of the year.
He says the House Judiciary Committee can finish a full and fair inquiry of the President this year.
His challenger, Republican Joe Barta, says Boucher should ditch any time limit and instead support an open-ended investigation when the House votes Thursday.
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((JOE BARTA/(R) CONGRESSIONAL CANDIDATE: STOP PROTECTING THIS PRESIDENT WHO HAS LIED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE BY ATTEMPTING TO PLACE SERIOUS EVIDENCE OFF LIMITS. STOP PLAYING PARTISAN POLITICS BY PUTTING AN ARTIFICIAL TIME LIMIT ON THE IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY.))
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Boucher says the House Judiciary committee will review ALL the evidence presented by the independent counsel -- and that Barta is waging a bitterly negative campaign.
Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital has 165-thousand-dollars to ease the worst health problems in the county.
A recent hospital survey said three-quarters of Franklin County families have a history of high blood pressure.
One in four families have struggled with alcohol abuse.
Fourteen percent cannot afford medication.
Almost ten- percent have no health insurance.
And Franklin County has only part-time psychiatrists.
Social services teams will hold a strategy session next week to develop solutions.
They want to make health care and prescription drugs more affordable.
They also hope to improve dental and mental health services.
Coming up tonight in sports, Steve Mason checks in with the Hokies two days before their Big East battle with BC.
Rick Mast talks about the costs of back to back superspeedway events.
And the American League championship series fires up tonight in New York as the Yanks and Indians go at each other for the second straight year.
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The Yankees have won 114 games this season--more than any other team in American League history.
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But the best of seven series for the league championship is against Cleveland.
A team that ended New York's '97 season.
And Jaret Wright is on the mound for the Indians tonight.
Wright beat New York two out of three times this season.
Yankees pitcher David Wells says they'll be looking for a win over Wright.
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The National League Series between the Padres and Braves begins tomorrow night in Atlanta.
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In one other college football note, you can watch the Tennessee-Georgia game Saturday at 3:30 here on Your hometown station, but don't look for UT back Jamal Lewis.
He underwent knee surgery today and is out for the season.
Last year he had 232 yards against the Dawgs.
Whenever the NFL rolls into Green Bay, you can hear folks trying to imitate the Late John Facenta's frozen tundra of Lambeau Field call.
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Last night there was no ice on Lambeau Field, just a lot of of "Moss".
Randy Moss, the rookie phenom from Marshall, held his coming out party by catching 5 passes for 190 yards and 2 TDs as the Vikes whipped the Packers 37-to-24 in a game that wasn't nearly as close as the score indicates.
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The Winston circuit rolls into Talladega for the first of two straight super speedway restrictor plate races.
After Talladega, the drivers head straight Daytona for the makeup of the smoked out Pepsi 400.
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The wildfires that scorched central Florida back in late June and early July not only forced the race to be postponed, but it also forced each Winston Cup team to invest an additional $150 thousand dollars to build another superspeedway car.
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And don't forget right after the News finishes up tonight we are opening up the Friday Football Extra chat room to talk a little high school football.
Just hit the world wide web at WDBJ dot com and click on the Friday Football Extra icon and then clikc on chat.
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And finally tonight--
A long-time tradition in Halifax County is back for another year.
This is the 88th year for the Halifax County Fair.
You can check out the rides, food, and fun for the next five days.
A sometimes forgotten but big part of the fair is the livestock.
Cows and their calves, chickens, and rabbits are all on exhibit.
Many folks look forward to the nightly entertertainment.
This year's Saturday headliner is country star Billy Ray Cyrus.
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