Up next on News 7, police conclude their investigation into the Baby switch at the U-V-A hospital. We'll let you know what they found next.
and 12 members of fire departments in rockbridge County confess to several arsons.
Looks like the clouds are set to roll back in tomorrow night. We will check on the chances for a shower in the forecast coming up.
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The world learned in July of the tragic baby switch at U-V-A Medical Center
Now, the police report is in the hands of the prosecutor.
There have been months of questions about how two babies could be switched at birth and how no one knew about it for three years-
Now the document attempting to answer those questions is ready.
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Ellen Qualls is in our Richmond newsroom.
What's in the police report?
Jean, according to a source close to this police investigation:
-- there is NO conclusive answer as to how the switch happened
-- there is NO suspect named
-- and there are NO criminal charges recommended by police
In fact, the police report concludes the tragic switch may have simply been an innocent mistake.
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(( That's in direct conflict with what the University of Virginia first said publicly.
Greene County parents Paula Johnson and Carlton Conley uncovered the error through a paternity test-- three years after the daughter they thought was theirs was born.
Turns out, Callie Johnson was the child of Whitney Rogers and Kevin Chittum of Buena Vista.
Rebecca Chittum turned out to be Johnson and Conley's child.
In another tragic twist, Rogers and Chittum were killed in a car accident before they ever found that out.))
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Remember, U-V-A first said the switch could NOT have been accidental.
The hospital later softened that stance.
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We'll have more on the story, including the possible legal fallout for U-V-A in NEWS 7 at SIX, Jean.
JEAN: What will the prosecutor do with the report?
Charlottesville Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman is NOT commenting today.
We're told he will brief the families in Buena Vista and Charlottesville in the next few days, and then make whatever part of the report public that he chooses.
The mother of a man who died last month while in police custody says the officers involved should not have been allowed to go back to work.
34-year old Derek Glenn Poindexter, seen here in this high school picture, was sprayed with pepper spray shortly after he was arrested for allegedly possesing crack cocaine.
Poindexter later died.
Officers M-L Pendleton and R-A Johnson returned to work today after spending three weeks on paid administrative leave while an internal investigation was underway.
The investigation concluded the officers did not do anything wrong.
Carrie (Doo-Lynn) Dulin disagrees.
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((CARRIE DULIN/POINDEXTER'S MOTHER; THE OFFICERS THAT ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THE DEATH OF MY SON SHOULD HAVE NO PLACE ON THE STREETS OF ROANOKE.))
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Dulin is getting support from a local civil rights group, which is questioning police policies and procedures.
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((MARTIN JEFFREY/LOCAL NAACP PRESIDENT; I THINK THE DEPARTMENT'S POLICY ON THE USE OF PEPPER SPRAY IS AT THE VERY LEAST OUTDATED AND INSUFFICIENT AND AT THE WORST, DETREMENTAL TO THE PEOPLE THAT MAY BE STOPPED BY AN OFFICER.))
[SUPER=01-Martin Jeffrey/Local NAACP President;]
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Dulin says she is discussing the matter with an attorney.
Roanoke police say the Poindexter case is the first time anyone has questioned the department's use of pepper spray.
Sergeant Eric Mills says officers use the spray an average of 107-times a year.
The spray is made from cayenne pepper.
It temporarily blinds most people when they're hit in the face.
The pepper also makes it harder to breath.
But the symptoms usually don't last longer than 45-minutes.
Mills said police use the spray -- called "O-C" -- only when suspects resist arrest.
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((MILLS: OC IS USED ACCORDING TO OUR POLICY WITH ACTIVELY HOSTILE INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE RESISTED VERBAL COMMANDS, WHEN PHYSICAL CONTROL TECHNIQUES ARE WARRANTED OR WHEN OFFICER INJURY IS POSSIBLE AND/OR ANTICIPATED.))
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Mills said using pepper spray has stopped police from using more severe, or deadly, force.
Officials in Rockbridge County have charged 12 people in connection with at least 21 suspicious fires in the region.
And, all of them are area volunteer firefighters.
Most of the firefighters are already in custody on arson-related charges.
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((CHRIS BLALOCK/INVESTIGATOR: THE MAJORITY OF THEM SAID IT WAS JUST BECAUSE THEY WANTED TO ANSWER CALLS AND THEY THOUGHT IT WOULD BE A GOOD TRAINING EXERCISE TO PUT THE TRAINING TO WORK THAT THEY'VE GOTTEN OVER THE YEARS, AND JUST THE THRILL OF BEING ABLE TO ANSWER A CALL.))
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Police have charged five volunteers on the Effinger Fire Department with arson and breaking and entering.
The charges could result in seven years behind bars.
Four others charged are volunteers with the Lexington Fire Department.
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((ROBERT FORESMAN/LEXINGTON FIRE DEPT.: THE MEMBERS THAT ADMIT TO IT WILL BE SUSPENDED PROBABLY INDEFINITELY WHICH MEANS THEY WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO RETURN. IF ANY MEMBER CHOOSES TO PLEAD NOT GUILTY WHICH IS THEIR CHOICE, WE'LL PLACE THEM ON ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE UNTIL THE OUTCOME OF THEIR TRIAL AND LET THEM HAVE THEIR DAY IN COURT.))
[SUPER=01-Robert Foresman/Lexington Fire Dept.]
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Police say all those charged have confessed.
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A future museum in Lynchburg gets an amazing gift. We'll have that in a few moments.
and President Clinton prepares himself as the House begins Impeachment Hearings tomorrow in Washington.
On HealthCheck, doctors are concerned as a new survey shows smoking is on the rise at the nation's college campuses.
and Patrick Evans has more on the Trikes for Tykes campaign.
Police in Danville are still trying to figure out why a woman stabbed her 8-year old son last night.
Pamela Wilson (ON-Yeh-MEM) Onyemem
is in jail without bail-- charged with malicious wounding.
Her son Justin is in good condition at Danville Regional Medical Center.
Police were called to the Cedarwoods Apartments on Ferry Road around 9:30 last night.
They found the young victim with knife wounds to his chest, arms and hands.
When neighbors first heard about the stabbing, they didn't think the boy's mother would be a suspect.
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((MIKE WHEELER/NEIGHBOR: I REALLY CAN'T BELIEVE SHE DID THAT. I THOUGHT IT WAS PROBABLY SOME OTHER KIDS PLAYING AROUND AND HE GOT CUT OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.))
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Social services officials say a judge will decide where the boy will stay when he's released from the hospital.
Republicans who'll serve in the new Congress have chosen their leaders-
As expected Bob Livingston will replace Newt Gingrich as House Speaker.
((REP. BOB LIVINGSTON/HOUSE SPEAKER ELECT: WE WENT THE AMERICAN PEOPLE TO KNOW THAT THEY'RE GONNA GET GOOD, CLEAN, HONEST EFFICIENT GOVERNMENT FROM US. WE'RE GONNA WORK HARD.))
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Dick Armey stays on as majority leader-
And the only black republican in the House- Oklahoma's J-C Watts was elected chairman of the Repubilcan Conference.
Impeachment hearings are set to begin tomorrow-
The only scheduled witness is special prosecutor Ken Starr-
The White House is concerned the inquiry will be broadened to include other areas such as the Whitewater controversy.
((JOE LOCKHART/WHITE HOUSE SPOKESPERSON: I THINK IT'S VERY UNFAIR FOR THE COMMITTEE TO SAY THEY CAN TALK ABOUT ANY SUBJECT THEY WANT AND GO OFF ON A FISHING EXPEDITION WHILE THEY TELL THE WHITE HOUSE CONSEL THAT THERE'S AREAS THAT WE'RE NOT ALLOWED TO RAISE.))
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Democrats are angry that the White House is getting a limited amount of time to cross examine Starr.
((SEN. HENRY HYDE/R- JUDICIARY COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: I WILL BE LIBERAL IF THEY'RE ON A LINE OF QUESTIONING AND THEY NEED MORE TIME. I WILL GRANT THEM MORE TIME.))
[SUPER=01-Rep. Henry Hyde/(R) Judiciary Committee]
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There is still speculation republicans could call witnesses in addition to Starr.
Lynchburg's Amazement Square children's museum is the recipient of an "amazing" gift..
Organizers today announced a one million dollar donation from the estate of Maylia (MAIL-yah) Green Rightmire, who died last year at the age of 91.
Rightmire's gift will help construct a museum that will feature interactive "hands- on" exhibits.
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((MORT SAJADIAN/MUSEUM DIRECTOR: AS WE ALL KNOW, WHEN YOU GO TO A TRADITIONAL MUSEUM, THE KEY THING IS NOT TO TOUCH ANYTHING, TO VIEW BUT NOT TO TOUCH IT. HERE WE ARE HOPING THAT IN FACT THAT WILL BE QUITE OPPOSITE, THAT PEOPLE CAN TOUCH THINGS AND THROUGH TOUCHING AND DOING YOU WILL LEARN, THROUGH EXPERIMENTS YOU WILL FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE DOING THINGS, SO THAT'S THE REALY MISSION AND PURPOSE.))
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The museum still needs to raise another 1- point- 7 million dollars.
It hopes to open by the year 2000.
A charitible branch of General electric is getting it's holiday season off on a role. Patrick Evans has the story of Trikes for Tykes.
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It's like Bikes or Bust with three wheels. The G-E Elfun Society is putting together Trikes for Tykes and Patrick Evans is there.
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While the N-B-A is sitting out the season so far, there is still plenty of girls basketball out there. Steve Mason will have the latest in this week's Hometown Hoops Weekly.
And Health Check today is brought to you by the letter "S" as in Sesame Street.
Coming up next, we'll see how a furry friend brought a little joy to some sick children today.
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((JOSEPH BEARSS/SESAME STREET LIVE: WE TOUR ABOUT 45 CITIES A TOUR AND WE TRY TO GO TO A HOSPITAL IN EVERY CITY TO VISIT THE CHILDREN AND TRY TO MAKE THEM FEEL BETTER.))
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The A-M-A is losing a battle to keep young people away from cigarettes.
The study reports the number of College students who smoke has risen 28 percent in just four years.
Doctors for the A-M-A blame the cigarette industry's advertising for much of the increase.
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((At the AMA we believe this a direct result of big tobacco targeting young
people with big budget advertisements. Because the young person who
first saw Joe Camel at age eight is now the college student smoking at
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The study surveyed 15-thousand students in 116 colleges.
The authors say the 1997 smoking increase appears to be a consequence of the rise in adolescent smoking that occurred in the '90's.
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(("Part of the problem can be attributed to the fact that the
tobacco industry has made the eighteen to twenty five year old segment a
marketing battle ground. Promotions in bars, free samplings,
sweepstakes, music events, contests and other marketing initiatives are
aimed squarely at this audience.
[SUPER=01-William Novelli/Cam. for Tobacco Free Kids;]
[OUT Q=at this audience.]
The study showed increased smoking rates in all student groups regardless of age, sex, race, or year in school.
With all the threats of E-coli in the food supply, health officials always make sure to tell people to cook their meat well done.
Now scientists are looking into a possible link between very well done meat and breast cancer.
According to a study in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, women who ate beef and bacon cooked very well done, had a four times greater risk of developing breast cancer.
Researchers say it's too early to draw a final conclusion, but previous studies have shown that charred meat contains high levels of a cancer causing chemical.
The patients on the Children's floor of Carilion Roanoke Community Hospital caught a show today put on by a famous TV star.
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((ELMO! YEAH ELMO.))
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Sesame Street's Elmo entertained these young patients.
Some had their pictures taken with the muppet to remember the special day.
Pediatric nurse Sharyn Escobar says besides fun and games, the event also has some healing effects.
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((SHARYN ESCOBAR/PEDIATRICS: I THINK IT BOOSTS THEIR SPIRIT IT MAKES THEM GET UP, COME TO THE PLAY ROOM, THEY ARE HAPPY AND SMILING AND WHEN YOU DO THAT TO A CHILD SOMETIMES THEY FORGET ABOUT WHAT'S BOTHERING THEM , EVEN IF IT'S ONLY FOR AN INSTANT IT MAKES SUCH A DIFFERENCE IN HOW THEY FEEL, JUST FOR THAT PERIOD OF TIME.))
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And after visiting all the hospital rooms, Elmo delivered his co-star Cookie Monsters favorite food compliments of the Hotel Roanoke.
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Carroll County joins many other local girls basketball teams still alive in regional action. Steve Mason introduces us to the Lady Cavaliers top performer, Erin Gibson, in Hometown Hoops Weekly.
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[SUPER=01-Howard Mayo/Carroll Co. Head Coach; :43]
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Finally today, at least one group of NBA fans is getting desperate to see a little basketball.
The folks at the Center of Science and Industry in Columbus, Ohio, have fielded a team of furry hoopsters.
The coaches have trained rats to play basketball.
While they're not bad shots, they haven't mastered dribbling or a behind the back pass. But then again they weren't paid five million dollars last year.