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A man is charged with trying to rape a woman in a Southside hospital.
Is it wrong to deny a pet care if the bill's not paid. We'll tell you what happened to one couple and their puppy.
A Roanoke County police officer uses pepper spray on a 77 year old woman.
News 7 is next.
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Did a couple's puppy die because a vet refused treatment?--or because its owners refused to pay?
A couple says their puppy died last week after a local vet clinic refused it medical care.
Stacey Martin is in our newsroom with more..
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Jean--Emergency Veterinary Services of Roanoke is one of the only places in the area open at night for emergencies involving pets.
So Kristen and Steve Herron say they were surprised and angry when the vets refused to care for their sick puppy.
(Rollcue:for their sick puppy.)
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((These mixed, black laboradors were born a couple of months ago, but now their pack is one short after their youngest sister died last week.
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((KRISTEN HERRON: IT WAS VERY TRAUMATIC FOR US BECAUSE HERE THESE GUYS ARE SUFFERING AND WE DON'T WANT THEM SUFFERING AND THEY'RE LETTING THEM SUFFER.))
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Three of the puppies suffered a severe allergic reaction from this pet shampoo--and the youngest later died.
It was a reaction that required the kind of late night emergency care the Emergency Veterinary Service of Roanoke specializes in.
But, the Herrons say their call for help was refused because of an overdue bill.
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((KRISTEN HERRON: IF WE PUT THEM FIRST WHY CAN'T HOSPITALS. I FELT LIKE SAYING TO THEM IF THEIR MOTHER WAS IN A CRITICAL SITUATION, I DON'T THINK A HOSPITAL IS GOING TO DENY THEM MEDICAL ATTENTION WHETHER THEY OWE 500 DOLLARS, ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS OR EVEN 100 DOLLARS.))
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But, the veternarians here say they're used to dealing with pet owners who can't afford their services and gave the Herrons the same choices they give other clients.
But, the Herrons refused to offer any payments.
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((DR. BILL POOGE: IF SOMEONE HAS LIMITED FUNDS WE'LL WORK WITH THEM AS BEST WE CAN. WE HAVE AGAIN LIKE I SAID TAKEN CHECKS AND HELD FOR FUTURE DEPOSIT, HELD COLLATEROL. WE HAVE TAKEN PROMISORY NOTES.))
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Pooge said while animals may be part of the family there is a difference.
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((DR. BILL POOGE: AS MUCH AS WE LOVE OUR PETS, THEY ARE A LUXURY ITEM. AND, I THINK YOU WOULD AGREE A PERSON WHO ASSUMES THE RESPONSIBILITY OF OBTAINING A PET AND BREEDING A PET SHOULD ASSUME THE FINANCIAL RESPONSIBILITY AND BUDGET ACCORDINGLY.))
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U-S Troops pack up and head out to the Persian Gulf - as a military attack appears more likely.
If the U-S does strike It will not be to remove Saddam from power.
Secretary of State Madeleine Albright tonight said the target would be Iraqi weapons.
Jonathan Freed has more.
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(( As American troops head for the gulf...indications are that, this
time, saddam hussein is not likely to find a diplomatic way out.
sources tell cbs news that president clinton has been calling the
congressional leadership personally to brief them about his plan
for the Iraqi crisis.
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WE HAVE PURSUED THE DIPLOMATIC ROAD FOR A LONG, LONG TIME... I HAD
NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS.
Iraq's deputy prime minister meanwhile maintained his country has
complied with the resolution that ended the gulf war...and so
there's no real basis for any u-s military action.
TARIQ AZIZ/IRAQI DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
THE JOB OF DISARMAMENT IS COMPLETE. IT HAS BEEN COMPLETED FOR
YEARS, AND IRAQ IS ENTITLED TO LIFTING THE SANCTIONS. WHY DON'T THEY ADMIT
While Aziz hinted Iraq is open to a diplomatic solution ... it is
unlikely to get one. Even Secretary General Kofi Annan --who will
meet with the security council on friday-- has no plans to fly to
While visiting troops at the Norfolk Naval base, defense secretary
William Cohen reiterated america's resolve.
WILLIAM COHEN/DEFENSE SECRETARY
WE'RE NOT PLAYING GAMES ANY LONGER WITH SADDAM HUSSEIN. WE'RE
SAYING COMPLY AND A FAILURE TO COMPLY COULD RESULT IN A MILITARY
WE'RE HOPING THAT DOESN'T TAKE PLACE.
SADDAM HUSSEIN IS LOOKING SIGNIFICANTLY MORE ISOLATED
NOW-- WITH A GROUP OF ARAB STATES -- TELLING HIM, YOU'RE ON YOUR OWN.
JONATHAN FREED, CBS NEWS, WASHINGTON.))
She left Randolph-Macon Woman's College in 1970 and went on to a bizarre kind of fame.
Tonight, Arkansas federal Judge Susan Webber Wright was back in Virginia to talk about anything BUT the specifics of her most famous case.
Wright is the judge who threw out Paula Jones' lawsuit against the President last spring.
And at the University of Richmond tonight, the topic was sexual harassment.
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((JUDGE SUSAN WEBBER WRIGHT/EASTERN DISTRICT OF ARKANSAS: THERE IS CONSIDERABLE EVIDENCE THAT MEN AND WOMEN SIMPLY DO NOT HAVE THE SAME VIEWS CONCERNING WHAT CONSTITUTES SEXUAL HARASSMENT. THE POTENTIAL FOR AMBIGUITY IS NEARLY UNLIMITED. FOR EXAMPLE, IF A MAN CALLS A WOMAN "HONEY," HE COULD EITHER BE EXPRESSING ENDEARMENT OR CONDESCENSION.))
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Jones versus Clinton is currently on appeal.
A Carroll County case will begin to test Virginia's law against cross-burning.
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Pennsylvania K-K-K Imperial Wizard Barry Black will have his preliminary hearing tomorrow on an August cross burning in Cana.
Attorney General Mark Earley's sending some lawyers to help out.
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((ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK EARLEY: YOU KNOW OUR RIGHTS TO FREE SPEECH END AT SOMEONE ELSE'S RIGHT TO LIVE FREE FROM INTIMIDATION. SO WE THINK THE STATUTE HAS SERVED AN IMPORTANT FUNCTION IN VIRGINIA OVER THE YEARS, AND WE CERTAINLY THINK IT CONTINUES TO SERVE THAT FUNCTION.))
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The A-C-L-U lawyer fighting for Black's right TO burn a cross is an African American.
David Baugh (BAW) says the K-K-K has the right to say things even he personally despises.
Why would you use pepper spray on a 77-year-old woman?
That's what Roanoke County Police are trying to figure out- after an officer did just that.
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Goldie Akers, seen here at her daughter's house in Salem, was hit with pepper spray this Sunday.
That's when she was sitting in her car, facing the wrong direction on the street, and checking her mail.
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Officer Russell Metcalf went up to Akers' car and asked her questions she did NOT answer.
So he followed Akers up her driveway, where he aimed the pepper spray into the car.
The County Administrator said Officer Metcalf went too far.
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((HODGE: I CAN'T THINK OF ANY INCIDENT WHEN PEPPER SPRAY ON A 75 OR 77-YEAR OLD PERSON IS APPROPRIATE.))
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Hodge called this an "isolated incident."
Officer Metcalf COULD lose his job.
Akers, meanwhile, was charged with reckless driving and resisting arrest.
A Pittsylvania County man is charged with attempted rape after a college student says she was assaulted in a hospital.
Police say 41-year-old Tommy Louis Royster, Jr. tried to rape a 19-year-old woman who was being treated for severe intoxication at the Danville Regional Medical Center.
She was in a private room of the emergency area when the alleged incident occurred.[Pritchett]
A capital murder suspect whose trial was delayed so he could find new attorneys -- has apparently decided to stick with his lawyers after all.
Livingston Bud Pritchett is charged with murdering and robbing a Roanoke man at the Ironto rest stop last year.
He said he was ditching his attorneys, Fred Kellerman and Jimmy Turk, last month because they would rather enter a guilty plea than face an all-white jury.
Now civil rights leaders have changed their minds and say Pritchett will keep Turk.
They say Turk has an excellent reputation.
Pritchett's preliminary hearing is tomorrow.
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A Danville man who killed his father will now spend a long time in a state mental hospital. How long he'll be there is still unknown.
A judge today found Michael Till NOT GUILTY by reason of insanity.
Michael Till was arrested in April for stabbing his father with a kitchen knife.
Everett Till died several days later in the hospital.
A psychiatrist says Michael Till suffered from delusions and paranoia at the time of the stabbing.
The Giles County Commonwealth attorney will go before the Virginia State Bar for a public hearing.
The purpose: to look into a misconduct complaint lodged against him.
Right now, a disciplinary board is set to hear Garland Spangler's case.
But a state bar spokeswoman says Spangler has the option of asking for a three judge circuit court panel to hear the complaint instead.
A date and location for the hearing has NOT been set.
Spangler's troubles began last year when rape charges had to be dropped because he missed the deadline to prosecute
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An intensive drug investigation in Halifax County has netted two arrests.
Stephen Bomar and Judy Harris, both of Nathalie, were picked up eariler this week.
They face multiple counts of distributing cocaine and conspiracy.
The alleged offenses happened in 1996 and 1997.
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Jean tosses to Robin in the Chromakey
First there was Donahue, then Oprah, then Springer. Now the Reverend Jerry Falwell is taking to the airwaves.
And a new monument to remember heroes is unveiled... See one of the first pieces of the D-Day Memorial later in our newscast.
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((This is Denise Allen from the News 7 Sports Department--were talking play offs in high school sports. We'll have highlights from the Northwest Region Volleyball tournament, Blue ridge District Girls Basketball and a look at who's where in the regional semi-finals in high school football. Will have that and more in just a few minutes.))
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Virginia may NO longer stand alone against a national tobacco settlement.
Attorney General Mark Earley is leaning toward entering a settlement negotiated by eight other states.
In the proposed settlement, the tobacco industry would pay up to 200-BILLION dollars nationwide over 25 years, and accept restrictions on cigarette sales.
In return, states would have to drop their medical cost lawsuits against the tobacco companies.
But a draft of the clause protecting tobacco farmers says only that the companies will agree to meet again to address the impact of the settlement on the farmers.
A Prince William County judge will hold a hearing later this month, to determine whether Governor Gilmore and other state officials should pay the legal costs of the widow of Hugh Finn.
You may remember that the severely brain-damaged man died in October after his feeding tube was removed.
His widow, Michele Finn, spent more than 75-thousand dollars
fighting state officials who went to court, to challenge her decision to have the feeding tube removed.
You'll see Governor Gilmore shouldering a shotgun on the back of this week's U-S News & World Report.
Gilmore appears in the full-page ad for the National Rifle Association, touting a federal gun initiative called Project Exile.
The governor's signature proudly adorns the N-R-A slogan "I'm the N-R-A."
An N-R-A political action committee gave 16-thousand dollars to Gilmore's campaign last year for governor.
After twenty years of serving as the conservative punching bag for numerous T-V talk show hosts, the Reverend Jerry Falwell is finally turning the tables.
Falwell has launched his OWN talk show called "Listen America" and long-time adversaries like Geraldo Rivera and Larry Flynt are jumping at the chance to be a guest on his show.
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((REV. JERRY FALWELL/NEW TALK SHOW HOST: BEING THE INTERVIEWER IS MUCH DIFFERENT AND I DON'T BEAT UP ON ANYBODY, ANY MORE THAN LARRY KING WOULD, BUT I DO GET TO ASK THE QUESTIONS I WANT THEM TO ANSWER.))
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"Listen America" airs every Friday night from 10 to 11 on the America's Voice Network.
Falwell says it's the only show that talks about issues from a (Jew-DAY-oh) Judeo- Christian perspective.
Still to come,
A local woman heads to the state capital for a celebration of VIrginia's elderly -- who are over one hundred 100 years old.
The story ahead.
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Roanoke detectives run into about 30 psychotic cases every month.
Now they're better equipped to deal with mentally ill suspects.
F-B-I special agent George DeShazor spoke today to local law enforcement officers about the latest techniques for handling situations with an imbalanced individual.
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((GEORGE DESHAZOR/FBI AGENT: ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE SEE IS A PERSON WHO MAY NOT TAKE HIS MEDICATION, MAY NOT BE AFFORDED THE OPPORTUNITY OF A GOOD SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT, BE INVOLVED WITH TREATMENT, FOLLOWING THROUGH WITH TREATMENT AND WHAT HAPPENS IS THIS PERSON BECOMES VERY ISOLATED.))
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[OUT Q=becomes very isolated.]
The program was sponsored by the Mental health Association of the Roanoke Valley.
She's 103 years old, but that's not stopping Gertrude Jumper from keeping a date with Governor Gilmore tomorrow.
Jumper survived a house blaze in April that police believe was intentionally set.
The League of Older Americans helped Jumper and her daughter find a new place to stay.
And today the L-O-A gave Jumper a sendoff as she heads to Virginia's Museum of Fine Arts.
That's where the Governor is hosting a celebration for Virginia's Centenarians.
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In sports, Northwest Region Volleyball action, highlights from Blue Ridge District semi-finals and the Friday Football Extra schedule, but first our Extra Point.
Baseball writers have choosen the New York Yankees' steward Joe Torre as the American League manager of the year.
Torre led the Yankees to an A-L record 114 regular season wins.
The Yanks then went on to sweep the San Diego Padres in the World Series.
The Northwest Region volleyball tournament semi finals took center stage at franklin County high school last night as the lady eagles took on Alebemarle
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FC was pumped for this one and would take advantage of home court early.
Watch senior Samantha Wright with the near perfect bullit of a serve that Albemarle just can't control and the lady Eagles were up early in the first game.
Franklin County then got some help from the visitors in another longer ralley. The kill goes wide and the lady Eagles lead 8-4, still in the first game.
Albemarle hung tough and would put some points on the board and in the end Albemarle wins the Northwest region final four match 10-15, 19-17, 15-10, and 15-7. The region championship will be held Saturday.
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William Byrd played up to its number one ranking in the first game of last night's Blue Ridge District Semi-finals.
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The Alleghany Mountaineers hoped to upset the Lady Terriers, but Coach Richard Thrasher would have none of that.
Byrd goes to its floor general Whitney Yates who spots up and hits the shot from the baseline to extend the lead.
The Mountaineers would try to battle back working it around the top of the zone--Terri Laing banks it in for three.
But Byrd uses precision passing as they get it down low to Stephanie Parnell who would finish it off and The Terriers win it 60-to-35.
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Jim Robinson and the Lady Vikings also had a monumental task at hand--trying to upset The Salem Spartans.
Northside's Brit Newman gets the ball at the top of the key and gets the home court roll as the Vikings take the early lead.
Salem keeps pace though as Jessica Heffner is on the wing and is all net with this J.
But the Vikings would surge ahead as Emily Ferrell takes it down the baseline and powers it up for the score.
The game goes to Northside 50-to-34.
And The VIKINGS advance to play William Byrd on Saturday.
And in the Seminole District, Heritage beat Liberty 54-to-42. Heritage will meet Appomattox County in the Finals.
Apomattox beat Brookville 39-to-36.
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While the girls high school basketball season is winding down the ODAC Women's basketball season is just about to begin.
The coaches met in Salem yesterday and had lunch with the Rotary Club.
The pre-season poll was also released and Randolph Macon was picked first and Roanoke shared second place with Bridgewater.
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Following the Yellow Jackets, Maroons and Eagles in the top five are Virginia Wesleyan and Guilford. Then comes Washington and Lee, Emory and Henry, Randolph Macon Woman's College, Hollins, Lynchburg and Eastern Mennonite.
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High School play offs begin and Friday Football Extra crews will be there and
The Cavs hope a familiar face doesn't come back to haunt then during Saturday's contest with the Tar Heels.
Those stories coming up, after this.
UVa has a crucical conference clash Saturday against U-N-C.
Steve Mason says, former Virginia signee Ronald Curry's presence only adds fuel to the fire.
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((September fourth 1997, Ronald Curry attended the Auburn/Virginia game at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville. Little did he know his visit would be the only time the then Hampton Crabber would ever walk on the HOME team sideline. Despite choosing UNC over UVa, no hard feelings ling in the Cavaliers locker room.
While the fans might heckle Curry, count on two Cavaliers who will dish out some hits and hugs. Number 33 linebacker Donnie Green and number 80 receiver Ahmad Hawkins both played with Ronald at Hampton.
Curry, who has 1 thousand, 221 yards and 8 touchdowns this season, has been splitting time with senior Oscar Davenport. No word yet on who will start. In Charlottesville, Steve Mason, News 7 sports.))
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The regular season is over now and our Friday Football Extra crews are following the high school teams into the play offs.
Here are the regional semi-final games we're covering.
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The D-Day Memorial is taking shape...
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with an artist's rendering unveiled today on the "Final Tribute."
The inverted rifle and soldier's helmet will serve as the centerpiece of the NATIONAL memorial taking shape in Bedford.
Several other, larger- than- life statues are being produced by the same studio in Kansas City that produced the "Final Tribute."
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