[7E-Pepper-Spray]

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[TAPE#=98-70 1:12:51]
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After pepper spraying a 77- year old grandmother, a Roanoke County police officer no longer has a job.
The department suspended Russell Metcalf yesterday, as it continues to investigate the incident.
As Scott Goldberg reports, police saw getting rid of Metcalf as the best way to resolve a bad situation.
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[IN Q=Goldie Akers]
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[SUPER=10-Elmer Hodge/Roanoke Co. Administrator/November 12; :15]
[SUPER=01-Chief Ray Lavinder/Roanoke Co. Police; :35]
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((Goldie Akers said she didn't do anything wrong earlier this month when she was checking her mail.
But she was sitting in her car, facing the wrong way on a busy road.
And when Officer Russell Metcalf approached her, she didn't answer his questions.
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[IN Q=should she]

((HODGE: SHOULD SHE HAVE BEEN SITTING THERE? NO. IT WAS DANGEROUS. BUT HE COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ELSE AND HE SHOULD HAVE.)) [RUNS10]
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What Russell did was follow Akers back up her driveway, where he sprayed pepper spray in the 77-year-old's face. [2-SHOT ON "PEPPER SPRAY-LAVINDER" TAPE]
The County's police chief said it was an isolated incident.
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((LAVINDER: WE'D LIKE FOR ALL THE CITIZENS TO KNOW WE WANT TO PROVIDE QUALITY SERVICE AND WE'LL DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO PROVIDE THAT SERIVCE.)) [RUNS12]
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[IN Q= METCALF'S LAWYER]

((SCOTT GOLDBERG: METCALF'S LAWYER SAID THIS ISN'T OVER AND THAT METCALF WILL APPEAL HIS TERMINATION. GOLDIE AKERS LAWYER SAID BASED ON WHAT HE KNOWS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY, FIRING METCALF WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. SCOTT GOLDBERG, NEWS-7, ROANOKE COUNTY.)) [RUNS15]
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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A man who died in police custody after being pepper sprayed apparently died of a cocaine overdose.
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[VO-NAT]

The medical examiner's report says Derek Poindexter did NOT die as a result of being pepper sprayed in October when he refused to spit an object out of his mouth.
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The police thought he was chewing crack cocaine. A medical examiner's report shows Poindexter had a high concentration of cocaine in his blood when he died. But according to officials, a report on mouth swab samples has not been returned. Poindexter's relatives say they're dissatisfied with the results and will request a follow-up investigation.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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[TAPE#98-63]
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A judge blasted him for betraying a special relationship, and now a former Wythe County school teacher will spend 15-years in prison for having sex with a former student.
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According to testimony, the girl was just 13-years old when she and 35-year old Michael Blevins began their relationship at Rural Retreat high school.
Blevins' attorneys had hoped their client would receive a seven year term...
That is the sentence Blevins is expected to receive in Smyth and Montgomery Counties as part of a plea agreement.
But Judge Colin Campbell opted for 15-years saying Blevins breached what is supposed to be confidence between a parent and teacher.
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[7State-Hospitals]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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A report released yesterday by the governor's commission on mental health calls for reforms in teh state's mental health system, including
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tighter control of directors and employees at state-run hospitals-- like Western State in Staunton.
The report also recommends more funding for community projects for the mentally retarded and a program to provide house calls for mental patients living at home.
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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The report now goes to Governor Gilmore.


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Taking a look now at your Tuesday forecast..
Some morning clouds will make way for afternoon sunshine, as highs climb into the low to mid-60s.
More clear skies overnight, with a light breeze. Look for lows to drop into the lower-30s.
The extended forecast...
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Roanoke city will soon have new rules for dog owners.
Last night, city officials heard complaints AND compliments, and they want to hear more.
Eric Earnhart reports.
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[SUPER=01-Charles Ayline/Resident; :10]
[SUPER=01-Duane Howard/Resident; :16]
[SUPER=01-Phyllis Gray/Resident; :24]
[SUPER=01-Jill Wright/Kennel Club Member; :39]
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[SUPER=01-Lee Fitzgerald/Kennel Club Member; :56]
[SUPER=01-Michelle Fisher-Poff/Search And Rescue Dog Owner; 1:08]
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(( There was resounding support for a pooper scooper law... Charles and Nancy Ayline live across from Raleigh Court park

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((CHARLES AYLINE/RESIDENT; KIDS PLAY THERE, OUR LITTLE LEAGUE PRACTICES THERE, AND DOGS POOP THERE. OUR PARKS SHOULD NOT BE TOILETS FOR DOGS.))
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((PHYLLIS GRAY/RESIDENT; I WOULD BE GLAD TO BE LIKE A VIGILANTE AND GO AFTER THESE PEOPLE, I'LL CALL YOU.))
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But other amendments concerned these dog owners... one limits a household to four dogs, and ONLY if all are sterilized.

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[IN Q=I've noticed]

((JILL WRIGHT/KENNEL CLUB MEMBER; I'VE NOTICED NOWHERE IN HERE THAT'S YOU'VE MENTIONED A GRANDFATHER CLAUSE, IT'S ALMOST LIKE TELLING SOMEBODY THEY CAN ONLY HAVE SO MANY CHILDREN.))
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And sterilized dogs can't participate in competition... Dog shows bring hundreds of thousands of dollars to the area.

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[IN Q=wouldnt' that be]

((LEE FITZGERALD/KENNEL CLUB MEMBER; WOULDN'T THAT BE A GRAND THING TO RUN OUT OF TOWN, IF THE PEOPLE CANNOT HAVE DOGS HERE IN ROANOKE))
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And a mandatory leash law could make some types of training illegal.

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[IN Q=part of what]

((MICHELLE FISHER-POFF/SEARCH & RESCUE DOG OWNER; PART OF WHAT GOES INTO TRAINING SEARCH DOGS IS TRAINING OFF-LEASH, IN PARKS AND SCHOOLS;))
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City officials say they need this kind of input... the amendments are still being fine-tuned.

Eric Earnhart, News 7.))[45E-Premarin]


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[TAPE#=98-71 1:22:13]
[GRAPHIC=Health News]


The estrogen drug (Prem-a-rin) helps millions of women, but one in Craig County wants it off the market.
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[SUPER=03-New Castle; ]

Tera Houston is protesting the drug made from the urine of pregnant mares.
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She says the process for collecting the estrogen from the horses is inhumane.
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((TERA HOUSTON/SILVER SPRING EQUINE RESCUE: I DON'T THINK A LOT OF THEM GET EXERCISE WHEN THEY'RE IN THE COLLECTION BARNS, BECAUSE THEY HAVE THEM IN VERY NARROW STALLS AND A LOT OF TIMES THEY'RE TIED UP AND STANDING ON CONCRETE WHICH IS REALLY BAD FOR THEIR LEGS.))
[SUPER=01-Tera Houston/Silver Spring Equine Rescue; ]
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[VO-NAT]


Houston is on a crusade to save Premarin mares and their foals through her horse rescue farm in New Castle. The makers of Premarin say the PMU ranches are highly regulated and the horses used in the production of the drugs are cared for and treated well.
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[45E-DCC-Grant]


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[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#98-68]
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Southside Virginia is home to a new group determined to improve the education system in the area.

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Troubled by low test scores and a high drop out rate, they've formed a group called "Dan River Region Vision"-- which covers Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County, North Carolina.
Officials announced yesterday they've received a 46-thousand dollar grant from a private foundation to help improve education and economic development.
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[IN Q=In order to do that]

((CARLYLE RAMSEY/DANVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE: IN ORDER TO DO THAT WE'VE GOT TO ENGAGE PEOPLE IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND THEY HAVE TO BELIEVE IN WHAT YOU'RE DOING AND OF COURSE THEY HAVE TO BE THE ONES TO STEP FORWARD.))
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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
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"Dan River Region Vision" will hold eight neighborhood meetings next year.



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Shifting gears now-- here's a look at your Tuesday forecast.
After some morning clouds, the sunshine will break through by afternoon.
Highs not quite as warm, in the mid 60s.
Mostly clear overnight with a light breeze, with lows dropping into the lower 30s.
In the four day forecast...expect lots of sunshine from now until the weekend.
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Wytheville's Reed Creek Archaelogical Society is the subject of an F-B-I investigation.
The group is supected of digging up Indian burial sites for artifacts and jewelry.
The society's been under investigation for two years, but it was not revealed until an afidavit was unsealed in Roanoke federal court yesterday.
The document was filed so federal agents could seach the home of the Society's president-- Larry Price-- who allegedly headed the excavations.
Price's lawyer said his client never profited from digs and shared his findings.
No charges have been filed.


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[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=THa]
[TAPE#98-63]
[GRAPHIC=Michael Blevins]


A former Wythe county school teacher will spend the next 15 years behind bars for having a sexual relationship with one of his students.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Marion/May 7; ]


According to testimony, the girl was just 13-years old when she and 35-year old Michael Blevins began their relationship at Rural Retreat high school.
Blevins' attorneys had hoped their client would receive a seven year term...
That is the sentence Blevins is expected to receive in Smyth and Montgomery Counties as part of a plea agreement.
But Judge Colin Campbell opted for 15-years saying Blevins breached what is supposed to be confidence between a parent and teacher.
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[8E-Pepper-Spray]


[ANCHOR=Kimberly]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-70 1:12:51]
[GRAPHIC=Metcalf Terminated]


Yesterday, the Roanoke county police chief resolved what's been a controversial situation involving the use of pepper spray.
Officer Russell Metcalf was fired as a result of pepper spraying a 77-year- old woman last month.
Scott Goldberg has the story.
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[IN Q=Goldie Akers]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke Co./November 12; :00]
[SUPER=10-Elmer Hodge/Roanoke Co. Administrator/November 12; :15]
[SUPER=01-Chief Ray Lavinder/Roanoke Co. Police; :35]
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((Goldie Akers said she didn't do anything wrong earlier this month when she was checking her mail.
But she was sitting in her car, facing the wrong way on a busy road.
And when Officer Russell Metcalf approached her, she didn't answer his questions.
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[IN Q=should she]

((HODGE: SHOULD SHE HAVE BEEN SITTING THERE? NO. IT WAS DANGEROUS. BUT HE COULD HAVE DONE SOMETHING ELSE AND HE SHOULD HAVE.)) [RUNS10]
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What Russell did was follow Akers back up her driveway, where he sprayed pepper spray in the 77-year-old's face. [2-SHOT ON "PEPPER SPRAY-LAVINDER" TAPE]
The County's police chief said it was an isolated incident.
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((LAVINDER: WE'D LIKE FOR ALL THE CITIZENS TO KNOW WE WANT TO PROVIDE QUALITY SERVICE AND WE'LL DO WHATEVER WE CAN TO PROVIDE THAT SERIVCE.)) [RUNS12]
[OUT Q=that service]
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[PEPPER SPRAY STANDUP TAPE]
[IN Q= METCALF'S LAWYER]

((SCOTT GOLDBERG: METCALF'S LAWYER SAID THIS ISN'T OVER AND THAT METCALF WILL APPEAL HIS TERMINATION. GOLDIE AKERS LAWYER SAID BASED ON WHAT HE KNOWS ABOUT WHAT HAPPENED THAT DAY, FIRING METCALF WAS THE RIGHT THING TO DO. SCOTT GOLDBERG, NEWS-7, ROANOKE COUNTY.)) [RUNS15]
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[8S-Poindexter-Folo]


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Meanwhile, it wasn't PEPPER SPRAY that killed a man who died in Roanoke police custody--
It was a cocaine overdose.
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[VO-NAT]

The medical examiner's report says Derek Poindexter most likely did not die as a result of being pepper sprayed in October when he refused to spit an object out of his mouth.
[SUPER=@File;]

The police thought he was chewing crack cocaine. A medical examiner's report shows Poindexter had a high concentration of cocaine in his blood when he died. But according to officials, a report on mouth swab samples has not been returned. Poindexter's relatives say they're dissatisfied with the results and will request a follow-up investigation.
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Before we wrap up this morning, here' one more look at today's weather.
Morning clouds will give way to afternoon sunshine, with pleasant high temperatures in the mid 60s.
Skies will stay mostly clear tonight, with lows cooling off in to the 30s.
The four day forecast stays dry...with no promise of any rain...
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