Up next on News 7, a Roanoke County police officer is suspended after using pepper spray on a 77 year old woman.
and the U-S beefs up its military presence in the Gulf as chances of a confrontation with Iraq increase.
Clouds on the increase tonight but it will still be rather chilly. The full forecast story coming up.
Roanoke police officers get a lesson in handling mentally ill suspects.
And a new arthritis treatment without the side effects of old medication is undergoing tests.
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Roanoke County's administrator says it was inappropriate for police to use pepper spray on a 77 year old woman.
A Roanoke County police officer has been suspended after spraying pepper spray on a 77-year old woman.
Officer Russell Metcalf is under investigation for what happened this past Sunday.
Metcalf sprayed Goldie Akers, who is seen here going into her daughter's house in Salem.
On Sunday morning, Akers was sitting her car, checking her mailbox in Roanoke County.
The car reportedly was facing the wrong way on a busy road.
Officer Metcalf approached her, but according to police, Akers wasn't cooperating.
Metcalf followed her back onto her driveway, where he sprayed pepper spray into the 77-year-old's car.
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((ELMER HODGE: SHOULD SHE HAVE BEEN IN THE ROAD? ABSOLUTELY NOT. SHE WAS A DANGER TO HERSELF AND OTHER PEOPLE. BUT HE COULD HAVE DONE OTHER THINGS AND HE SHOULD HAVE. HE OVERREACTED WHEN SHE DROVE AWAY. SO, NO, THE USE OF PEPPER SPRAY WAS NOT APPROPRIATE.))
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Akers has been arraigned on charges of reckless driving and obstruction of justice.
Meanwhile, if the police investigation shows that Metcalf acted recklessly, he could lose his job.
Warplanes and troops are moving toward the Persian Gulf- as a military attack seems more likely against Iraq-
Jonathan Freed has the latest.
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((These are the latest American warplanes headed towards the Persian Gulf.
Bombers and fighter jets from Langley Air Force Base in Virginia. The American troop buildup continues, as the United States and Iraq appear
headed to confrontation.
TARIQ AZIZ, IRAQI DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER: IT'S THE US THAT'S TAKING US DOWN THIS ROAD.
The crisis deepened as more UN weapons inspectors packed their bags and headed out of Iraq.
They're leaving because Iraqi President Saddam Hussein refuses to let them inspect possible weapon sites.
In Washington, the Clinton Administration says Iraq must comply with UN
demands, or else.
JAMES RUBIN, STATE DEPARTMENT SPOKESMAN:
The White House says an attack could come at anytime.
But some military experts say a raid could still be a few days away.
Defense Secretary William Cohen visited troops stations at the Norfolk
He says the United States is prepared to take whatever action is
William Cohen, Secretary of Defense:
The saber rattling has put the entire Middle East region on edge. In
Israel, they're starting to hand out gas masks.
Officials there are worried that if shooting starts, Israel could once
again be caught in the middle, just like it was during the Gulf War.))
The capital murder trial of Livingston Bud Pritchett was delayed a month ago so he could find new attorneys.
Prichett's deadline for finding new coucil is tomorrow. Apparently he has made a decision.
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Tina Tenret is at Pritchett's home with the details .
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A man from Danville is found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.
and we'll check out the competition from Rockbridge County as we meet some young people who are getting hands on experience in the T-V News business.
On Health Check, local police get a lesson on how to handle the mentally ill.
and Patrick Evans will show us what's on a vegetarians Thanksgiving Day table.
A Danville man accused of murdering his father has been found NOT GUILTY by reason of insanity.
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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.
Till was ordered into the custody of the state mental health system.
It's one of the few TV progams this fall guaranteed to reach its target audience. But you won't find it on your local cable station...at least not yet. Steve Pardon explains.
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On the director's cue tomorrow morning RMS Upclose will hit the air. You may not recognize the anchors faces but they are well known figures at Rockbridge Middle School. These 6th graders are learning lessons by spending their time "on" TV instead of in front of it.
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Its a regular project for Kurt Thonnings Technology class. For the past 5 years he's gradually added the equipment that has turned his classroom into a full blown television studio.
From the sound technicians, camera people and producers to the anchor-
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and of course director
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kids make up the entire crew.
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Do you think that Thanksgiving turkey is for the birds? Well Patrick Evans is down on the City Market with some folks who think a Vegetarian holiday is the way to go.
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Thanksgiving is now only two weeks away, and everyone is preparing for a giant feast centered around the traditional bird.
That is everyone- EXCEPT vegetarians, and that's where Patrick Evans comes in with a story about alternatives to meat on this and other Holidays.
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Coming up a little later, we'll get a glimpse of what the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford will look like.
Next on health check --
Roanoke police officers are getting some training in the newest way to deal with mentally ill criminals.
Detectives say it's a problem they face every day.
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((DEBBIE HOGAN/ROANNOKE COUNTY POLICE: IN ROANOKE COUNTY WE'RE LOOKING AT 26, 30 CASES A MONTH.))
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The Mental Health Association of the Roanoke Valley and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are helping educate local law enforcement on understanding mentally ill suspects.
F-B-I special agent George DeShazer talked to police and criminal justice officers about crisis prevention and intervention methods.
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((DEBBIE HOGAN/ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE: SAFETY ISSUES, IF THEY HAVE A DELUSION, DON'T TOUCH THEM BECAUSE YOU BECOME PART OF THAT DELUSION, DON'T CUT OFF ESCAPE ROUTES, DON'T GET BETWEEN THEM AND THE DOOR, IF THEY ARE HEARING VOICES, THAT COULD BE INDICATIVE OF SOME TYPE OF CHEMICAL IMBALANCE.))
((GEORGE DESHAZOR/FBI AGENT: PERSONS WITH MENTAL ILLNESS CAUSE A VERY SMALL PORTION OF CRIMES, IN FACT, IT'S LESS THAN FIVE PERCENT, BUT WHEN THEY DO, THEY ARE VERY VIOLENT AND OFTEN RESULTS IN THE LOSS OF LIFE OF A POLICE OFFICER AND/OR A CONSUMER.))
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The F-B-I Academy in Quantico is leading the nation in techniques for dealing with mentally ill patients.
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The ODAC Women's basketball teams are set to begin their 1998-99 basketball season.
The coaches met in Salem today 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.
Coming up at six, Steve Mason let's the Cavaliers speak their mind about Ronald Curry's homecoming.
See you then everybody.
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Some of the first pieces of artwork for the National D-Day Memorial have arrived... almost in time for Veterans Day.
The principle piece of sculpture is called: "Final Tribute," depicting a rifle stuck in the ground by its bayonet... with a soldier's helmet and one of his dog tags hanging on the rifle butt.
It's the image of a kind of temporary grave site used during World War Two.
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"Final Tribute" is the first of several slightly larger- than- life sculptures depicting images from the D-Day landing on the Normandy Beaches of France in June, 1944.
The Memorial is scheduled for dedication in Bedford on June 6th, in the year 2000.