County authorities question the judgment of a police officer who used Pepper Spray on a 77-year old woman charged w
ith reckless driving.
That's our top story on NEWS 7 tonight.
And a murder trial that was delayed by the S-C-L-C may be back on track with a decision to hire help for Bud Pritchett's old lawyers.
Tonight in sports, the Virginia Cavaliers talk about rolling out the red carpet for home boy Ronald Curry.
The Express signs Tortarella, we'll hear from Frank Beamer.
And the ODAC women drop into Salem for a little lunch and to talk a little basketball about the upcoming season.
A mix of clouds and sun today, more of the same tomorrow. Forecast details are just around the corner.
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A Roanoke County Police officer has been suspended from his job, for spraying a 77-year-old woman with pepper spray.
Police reports say the woman resisted arrest.
But the County Administrator said blasting pepper spray inside her parked car may not have been the best way to apprehend her.
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Scott Goldberg has been following this story today.
He's at the County Police Headquarters tonight.
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Keith, 37-year-old Russell Metcalf won't be coming back to work here until police figure out what a 77-year-old woman did -- if anything -- to deserve getting hit in the face with pepper spray.
She told us all she did was sit in her car on the side of the road while she checked her mailbox -- something she's done without incident for the last 43 years.
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Goldie Akers wouldn't talk to reporters today.
She's seen here at her daughter's house in Salem.
Earlier this morning she was arrainged on charges of reckless driving and resisting arrest...
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Charges stemming from Sunday morning, when she sat in her car, facing the wrong way on the road, checking her mailbox in Roanoke county.
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((ELMER HODGE: SHOULD SHE HAVE BEEN IN THE ROAD? ABSOLUTELY NOT. SHE WAS A DANGER TO HERSELF AND OTHER PEOPLE. BE HE COULD HAVE DONE OTHER THINGS AND SHOULD HAVE.))
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HE is Officer Russell Metcalf, an eight-year veteran of the force.
Metcalf approached Akers by her mailbox, then followed up her driveway.
When Akers wouldn't answer his questions, Metcalf unloaded his pepper spray inside her parked car.
Police guidelines say use pepper spray when verbal commands are ignored.
But the rules also say "use good judgment."
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((Scott Goldberg: "Was pepper spray warranted in this case?" CHIEF LAVINDER: I'M GOING TO HAVE TO COMPLETE THE INVESTIGATION BEFORE I CAN GIVE YOU A DEFINITIVE ANSWER ON THIS QUESTION.))
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County Administrator Elmer Hodge did not mince his words.
He said: "I can't think of any incident when using pepper spray on a 77-year-old person is appropriate."
If the investigation proves Officer Metcalf DID act recklessly, he could lose his job.
Goldie Akers lawyer told us his only comment is: "We will try this case in the courtroom."
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A FORMER police officer is facing grand larceny charges in the city of Bedford.
A search of 35-year-old Jeffrey Elliot Kincaid's home turned up two computers and a horde of police uniforms, helmets and keys to Bedford city offices.
Kincaid left the Bedford city police force in February.
So far he's been charged only with stealing a computer from a Charlottesville insurance agency.[Till]
A Danville man will spend a long time in a state mental hospital for killing his father. Just how long he'll remain under treatment is 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.
Danville police are looking for the man who tried to rape a patient at the Danville Regional Medical Center.
It happened last week in the emergency room area, where a 19-year old Averett College student was being treated for severe intoxication.
Police say while she was in a private room, a man tried to rape her.
Police say they know who they're looking for. They won't release his name... but say he is from Pittsylvania County.
The decision deadline is tomorrow for Livingston "Bud" Pritchett. And it appears he has now made his decision.
Pritchett's capital murder trial was delayed a month ago so he could find new attorneys.
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Tina Tenret is at Pritchett's home with the details on that decision.
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The Virginia State Bar has agreed to hold a hearing to look into a misconduct complaint lodged against Giles County's Commonwealth attorney.
It's a hearing that will be open to the public.
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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State officials think they know what's been killing Virginia deer. Still ahead, what that means for the state's hunters.
And on this day after veterans day- -we get our first look at some of the art work that'll adorn the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
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We call it the "ultimate sacrifice," a grandiose phrase meant to honor soliders who die on the battlefield.
The "Final Tribute" says it all.
That's what they call the sculpture that'll serve as the center-piece of the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford.
It's an artistic image of the make-shift field marker for a fallen G-I.
The artist says it's fact and imagination fused together.
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A number of D-Day veterans attended the unveiling- -along with Congressmen and other local dignataries.
The artist who sculpted this symbol of sacrifice is depicting several images from the Normandy Invasion.
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The big picture will be displayed on a hillside in Bedford... to honor those ordinary men who liberated France in 1944.
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Experts are fairly certain the deer that turned up dead in the Wythe County area suffered from hemorrahagic (hem-or-aj-ick) disease.
The number has now reached approximately 35.
The deer had hemorrhaging in their lungs and heart and some in their throats.
Officials with the Department of Game and Inland fisheries say hunters should always AVOID sick animals.
At the same time, they say deer suffering from this disease do NOT pose a threat to humans or livestock.
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Roanoke Electric Steel wants to expand.
The company says it plans to buy Steel of West Virginia Incorporated for about 117-million dollars. The deal is likely to go through, because Steel of West Virginia's board is recommending shareholder approval.
If it does go through, Steel of West Virginia would become a subsidiary of Roanoke Electric Steel and keep its name.
Roanoke Electric Steel employs more than 11-hundred people in Virginia, South Carolina and Ohio.
Steel of West Virginia employs 600 workers in West Virginia and Tennessee.
The Dow was up, but many other stocks were lower today.
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The Dow broke its three-day losing streak, rising about six points to 8830. NASDAQ shares lost about 11 points.
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Virginia may finally get a piece of a national tobacco settlement.
Attorney General Mark Earley is leaning toward entering a settlement negotiated by eight other states.
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((MARK EARLEY/R-VIRGINIA ATTORNEY GENERAL: IT IS AN AGREEMENT WHICH I BELIEVE THE INDUSTRY WANTS. I BELIEVE IT IS AN AGREEMENT WHICH THE FARMER COMMUNITY WILL WANT. I THINK IT IS GOING TO BE AN AGREEMENT WHICH THE PUBLIC HEALTH COMMUNITY WILL WANT. IT MAY WELL BE THAT IT'S GOING TO BE AN AGREEMENT THAT'S A WIN-WIN FOR EVERYBODY.))
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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.
At age 103, Gertrude Jumper doesn't have many peers.
But, she'll meet a few of them tomorrow at a celebration for Virginia's centenarians hosted by Governor Gilmore.
Jumper got a send-off in Roanoke today from the League of Older Americans.
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((GERTRUDE JUMPER: I WANTED TO LAUGH AND I WANTED TO CRY AND I SAID WELL THE LORD IS JUST SENDING DOWN BLESSINGS AFTER BLESSING. EVERYTHING JUST LOOK LIKE IT WORKED ACCORDING TO PLAN.))
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Jumper survived a fire last Spring that heavily damaged the home where she and her daughter lived.
The fire was one in a series of fires in Northwest Roanoke police believed were deliberately set.
Following the fire, the L-O-A and other community members helped the pair by finding them a place to stay and donating food and clothing.
The celebration for centenarians will take place tomorrow afternoon at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond.
Coming your way on this Thursday night, the women's hoop teams in the ODAC convene today in Salem.
The Express inks Tortarella, Frank Beamer looks to avoid getting homed on dome.
And Steve Mason let's us know what the Cavs think of Ronald Curry and the Heels some to C'ville this Saturday.
The finalist in last year's Women's ODAC championship will lead the way when the schools open the season later this month.
The conference introduced the league's coaches to the Salem Rotary Club this afternoon.
Randolph-Macon is the preseason number one pick and Roanoke and Bridgewater are tied for second place.
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Karen Jenkins Harvey starts her third season as the head coach at Hollins University.
Hollins was picked ninth.
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Virginia Wesleyan is fourth in the preseason coaches poll followed by Guilford, Washington and Lee, Emory and Henry, Randolph-Macon Women's college, Lynchburg and Eastern Mennonite.
Girls' basketball tournament action continues tonight as the Hogoheegee championship takes place at Northwood high school.
Four other districts in the area host semi-finals tonight. The Blue Ridge final four is at Northside, the Piedmont is at Magna Vista, Heritage hosts the Seminole and the Pioneer semis are at Bath County this evening.
UNC and UVa clash Saturday in a crucial ACC game for the Cavaliers.
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.))
This week a lot has been made of the fact that the Hokies haven't won in the Carrier Dome since 1986.
But even if you take away that fact, Frank Beamer says he is noticing a disturbing trend in the Big East.
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Tortorella has signed with the Roanoke Express.
No not John Tortorella, the coach that led the Virginia Lancers to a championship--this is ANDREW Tortorella..
The Express made room for the rookie free agent by waiving rookie defenseman Eric Noack.
Tortarella is five feet , five inches tall from the University of Nebraska.
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Imagine your pet needed emergency care but one of the only vets in town refused treatment.
That's what an area couple says happened to them.
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Jean Jadhon is in our newsroom with more on that.
Keith, last week Kristen and Steve Herron say..
they contacted an emergency vet clinic after their puppy started having convulsions.
They say the clinic refused to treat it because of an overdue bill.
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((STEVE HERRON: THERE ARE VETS OUT THERE WHO WILL DO ANYTHING FOR AN ANIMAL BUT YET, THIS ONE PLACE, ALL THEY CARE ABOUT IS MONEY. THEY DON'T CARE ABOUT THE ANIMALS AND THAT'S WHAT IT'S COME DOWN TO.))
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But, workers at the clinic says that's not the way it happened.
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We'll hear what they have to say later tonight on News 7 at 11.
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