[7E-Poindexter]

[ANCHOR=Melanie]

[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=98-62 1:46:58]
[GRAPHIC=Derek Poindexter]


Roanoke Police did nothing criminally wrong when they pepper sprayed a drug suspect who eventually died in their custody.
That's according to Roanoke's chief prosecutor who has completed his review of the incident.
Don Caldwell met with Derek Poindexter's family yesterday and found they've hired a lawyer.
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[SOT 9:11:35]

((BUT I DON'T SEE ANY INCONSISTENCIES IN EITHER THE FACTS OR THE INVESTIGATION OF THIS CASE.))
[IN Q=But I don't see]
[SUPER=01-Don Caldwell/Roanoke Commonwealth's Atty.]
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[OUT Q=of this case.]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Poindexter died of acute cocaine poisoning less than an hour after trying to swallow a rock of crack cocaine.
Officer M-L Pendleton used pepper spray on Poindexter to get him to spit out the crack.


[7E-Johnson]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A mother whose 23- day old infant died after being severly dehydrated is facing criminal charges.
Twenty-seven year old Crystal Johnson was charged with felony neglect in a two-count indictment yesterday.
Prosecutor Alice (EE-kurch) Ekirch says Princess Johnson tested positive for cocaine at birth.
The mother is not charged in that regard.

[7E-KKK-Indict]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-69 1:19:06]
[GRAPHIC=Cross Burning]


A Ku Klux Klan imperial wizard was charged yesterday in connection with a cross burning in Carroll County.
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[VO-NAT]

[from tape 98-56]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Barry Black has drafted African-American attorney David Baugh to defend him.
Baugh says everyone has a right to express his opinion -- even if it's controversial.
If Black is convicted on cross-burning charges, he could serve five years in prison.
A hearing next month will test the constitutionality of Virginia's cross-burning law.
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[7E-L'burg-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-76 20:00]
[GRAPHIC=Race Relations]


State educators will again go to work in Lynchburg today, as they try to figure out whether black students and teachers are treated fairly in the city's school system.
Steve Smallshaw reports on their progress.
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[SOT]

[NO VO PAD AT TOP!!!]
[IN Q=The charges are]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg; :00]
[SUPER=01-Michelle Hampton/Parent; :20]
[SUPER=01-Thomas Shortt/Review Team Member; :35]
[SUPER=01-Dannette McCain/Concerned Citizens Committee; :52]
[SUPER=@ssm1; 1:02]
[RUNS=1:14]
[OUT Q=N7 Lynchburg.]


(( The charges are that black students are more likely to be suspended than whites.. and are LESS likely to be placed in advanced classes.. and black teachers are rarely hired or promoted. Whether that's true or not, many parents are convinced the unseen demon of racism lurks inside the Lynchburg city schools.
It's left many parents wondering where they've gone wrong.
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[SOT 10:37:23]
[IN Q=I was to]

((MICHELLE HAMPTON/PARENT: I WAS TO THE POINT OF GIVING MY CHILD UP JUST THE OTHER DAY BECAUSE I THOUGHT SOMETHING WAS WRONG WITH ME RAISING HIM.))
[RUNS= :08]
[OUT Q=raising him.]


So the review team is taking two days to sit down with parents, students and teachers and hear their concerns with an objective ear.
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[SOT 10:46:08]
[IN Q=We're just taking]

((THOMAS SHORTT/D-O-E REVIEW TEAM: WE'RE JUST TAKING INFORMATION AND WE'LL BE GETTING LOTS OF INFORMATION OVER THE NEXT TWO DAYS AND WE'LL GO BACK AND PUT ALL THAT TOGETHER AND THEN WE'LL MAKE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS, IF THAT'S NECESSARY, AND THAT'S WHAT WE SEE WE NEED TO DO.))
[RUNS= :12]
[OUT Q=need to do.]


But the citizens committee says recommendations and new policies are not the only answer.
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[SOT 10:50:13]
[IN Q=If the policy]

((DANNETTE MCCAIN/CONCERNED CITIZENS COMMITTEE: IF THE POLICY IS WELL- WRITTEN BUT IT'S NOT BEING IMPLEMENTED FAIRLY ACROSS THE BOARD, THEN NO, WE'RE NOT GOING TO BE SATISFIED UNTIL THE SCHOOL BOARD CAN MAKE SOME ASSURANCES THAT FAIRNESS WILL BE WHAT HAPPENS IN LYNCHBURG CITY SCHOOLS.))
[RUNS= :12]
[OUT Q=Lynchburg city schools.]
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[Standup]
[IN Q=Changes, if any]

((Changes, if any, won't come until AFTER the review team has finished its evaluation and submits any recommendations to the school board. That final report isn't expected until mid- January. Steve Smallshaw, News7, Lynchburg.))
[RUNS=:12]

[OUT Q=News7, Lynchburg.]))[7WEATHER]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
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Taking a look now at your Tuesday forecast..
The rain sticks around today, as do the clouds. Look for highs in the low- to mid-60s.
Showers will end overnight, as lows drop into the lower-40s.
The extended forecast...
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Wednesday:

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[SUPER=19-Melanie/Moon;][45E-Danville-Murders]



[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#=98-64]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


Autospies are scheduled today in what appears to be two separate Danville murder cases.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/Saturday;]


The first victim, Silas Moody Carter, was found dead Saturday morning in his Claiborne Street home.
The 64-year old's body was discovered by friends who were checking in on him.
[SUPER=03-Danville/Sunday;]


The second victim, 29-year old Garfield Maragh (MAR-AWE), was from Philadelphia.
Police say he was shot in the head Saturday night in the West End Apartments.
No arrests have been made in either case.
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[45E-Walton-Appeal]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#=98-]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A death row inmate from Danville still awaits an exuction date, but he already knows he won't be getting any help from the the U-S Supreme Court.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/November 1996;]


Yesterday the high court declined Percy Levar Walton's appeal without comment.
Walton pleaded guilty last year to three counts of capital murder.
He admitted to robbing and killing three of his neighbors in the Cabin Creek Condominiums in November 1996, and then enthusiastically described the crimes to an inmate after his arrest.
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[45E-Allen-Morrison]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=ssm]
[TAPE#98-63 2:03:28]
[GRAPHIC=Environmental Health]


Some good news from the the Enviornmental Protection Agency, which says it found no evidence of groundwater contamination around a potentially dangerous site in Lynchburg.
(----------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Lynchburg;]


Barrels of paint and other chemicals are still stored in the Allen-Morrison sign plant on Rutherford Street.
They were discovered months after the company went out of business and its owners left town.
Despite the potential for fire, federal authorities say the city has the situation well in hand.
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[SOT 16:23:37]
[IN Q=There are]

((CHRIS WAGNER/EPA ON- SITE COORDINATOR: THERE ARE, LIKE I SAID, SOM FLAMMABLE MATERIALS ON THE SITE AND THEY HAVE BEEN PUT IN ANOTHER CONTAINER, BUT THE CITY OF LYNCHBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT DOES HAVE AN EMERGENCY PLAN IN PLACE WHEREBY THEY WOULD BE PROTECTING EXPOSURES IN THE COMMUNITY RATHER THAN TRYING TO SAVE THE BUILDING.))
[SUPER=01-Chris Wagner/EPA On-Site Coordinator; :00]
[RUNS=:16]
[OUT Q=save the building.]
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[VO-NAT]


Wagner says soil samples will be taken next month.
(----------------)


[45E-Mobile-Homes]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=tte]
[TAPE#=98-66]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Franklin County officials are considering a proposal to confine old trailers to mobile home parks.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Franklin Co.;]


The new law would restrict only pre-1976 mobile homes that do not meet federal health and safety standards.
It comes in response to homeowners who complain rundown mobile homes bring down their property values. Steve Bebout (BEE-Bowt) owns a double-wide but says he wants stricter laws.
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[SOT 11:47:53]
[IN Q=There are trailers]

((THERE ARE TRAILERS, MOBILE HOMES IN THE AREA WITH NO APPROVED SEPTIC SYSTEM. THERE'S MOBILE HOMES THAT THERE'S TWO MOBILE HOMES ON ONE SEPTIC SYSTEM. RIGHT DOWN HERE AT THE BOTTOM OF MY DRIVEWAY THERE'S FIVE TRAILERS, ONE WELL, TWO SEPTIC TANKS.))
[SUPER=01-Steve Bebout/Mobile Home Owner;]
[RUNS=:19]
[OUT Q=two septic tanks]
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[VO-NAT]


Calvin Stamper's mobile home was built in 1968.
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[SOT 14:33:39]
[IN Q=I'd feel]

((I'D FEEL PRETTY BAD IF I HAD MY OWN PROPERTY AND I WANTED TO PUT SOMETHING ON IT. I FIGURED I HAVE A RIGHT TO PUT WHAT I WANT TO PUT ON IT.))
[SUPER=01-Calvin Stamper/Mobile Home Owner;]
[RUNS=:07]
[OUT Q=to put on it]
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[VO-NAT]


The Franklin County planning commission will discuss this issue tonight.
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[45E-Drought-Assistance]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=ame]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Drought]


Drought like conditions have forced Governor Gilmore to request federal emergency assistance for 13 localities including Giles County.
The Governor sent a letter to the U-S Secretary of Agriculture asking for assistance for farmers whose crops were heavily damaged by the drought.

[45WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=CUTIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE #=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Turning to weather now--
Cloudy, with periods of rain today.
Highs will be a little cooler, in the low to mid 60s.
Scattered showers will be ending late tonight, with lows falling into the 40s.
The extended outlook is drier and cooler....
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[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=none]
[GRAPHIC=Legal Scales]


A 27- year- old mother will face criminal charges in the death of her newborn.
Crystal Johnson was charged with felony neglect in a two-count indictment yesterday.
Prosecutor Alice (EE-kurch) Ekirch says Princess Johnson tested positive for cocaine at birth.
The mother is not charged in that regard.

[8E-Poindexter]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=khu]
[TAPE#=98-62 1:46:58]
[GRAPHIC=Derek Poindexter]


Roanoke's chief prosecutor says police were NOT in the wrong when they pepper sprayed a drug suspect, who later died in their custody.
Don Caldwell has completed his review of the incident.
He met with Derek Poindexter's family yesterday and found they've hired a lawyer.
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[SOT 9:11:35]

((BUT I DON'T SEE ANY INCONSISTENCIES IN EITHER THE FACTS OR THE INVESTIGATION OF THIS CASE.))
[IN Q=But I don't see]
[SUPER=01-Don Caldwell/Roanoke Commonwealth's Atty.]
[RUNS=06]
[OUT Q=of this case.]
[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[GRAPHIC=none]


Poindexter died of acute cocaine poisoning less than an hour after trying to swallow a rock of crack cocaine.
Officer M-L Pendleton used pepper spray on Poindexter to get him to spit out the crack.


[8E-KKK-Indict]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=sgo]
[TAPE#=98-69 1:19:06]
[GRAPHIC=Cross Burning]


A Ku Klux Klan Imperial wizard was indicted yesterday for allegedly burning a cross in Carroll County.
(------------)
[VO-NAT]

[from tape 98-56]
[SUPER=04-File Tape;]


Barry Black's case gained attention when he drafted an African-American lawyer to defend him.
Richmond attorney David Baugh says everyone has a right to express his opinion -- even if it's controversial.
If Black is convicted on cross-burning charges, he could serve five years in prison.
A hearing in January will test the constitutionality of Virginia's cross-burning law.
(------------)


[8E-Danville-Murders]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=chu]
[TAPE#=98-64]
[GRAPHIC=Murder Investigation]


Autopsies will be performed today on the bodies of two men who were apparently killed in Danville over the weekend.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Danville/Saturday;]


The first victim, Silas Moody Carter, was found dead Saturday morning in his Claiborne Street home.
The 64-year old's body was discovered by friends who were checking on him.
[SUPER=03-Danville/Sunday;]


The second victim, 29-year old Garfield Maragh (MAR-AWE), was from Philadelphia.
Police say he was shot in the head Saturday night at the West End Apartment Complex.
No arrests have been made in either case.
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[8E-City-Schools]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=cutins]
[WRITER=jda]
[TAPE#=98-65 1:15:37]
[GRAPHIC=Education]


The planned Higher Education Center in Roanoke has local officials hoping Governor Gilmore gives back the funding he took away last year.
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[VO-NAT]
[SUPER=03-Roanoke;]


The plan to renovate the old Norfolk and Western Office Building still needs about three and a half million dollars.
Gilmore reduced state funding for the project last year to help pay for the car tax cut, but backers are hopeful that he'll restore the funding this year.
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[SOT 00:16:23]
[IN Q=We'll find out on the 18th]

((SEN. JOHN EDWARDS/D- ROANOKE: WE'LL FIND OUT ON THE 18TH OF DECEMBER WHEN THE GOVERNOR ISSUES HIS RECOMMENDATIONS. IF THE GOVERNOR DOES NOT AWARD THREE POINT SIX MILLION TO THE CITY FOR THE HIGHER EDUCATION CENTER, THEN I'M HOEPFUL WE CAN GO AHEAD AND PUT IT IN AS AN AMMENDMENT. BUT WE JUST HAVE TO WAIT AND SEE. BUT I'M OPTIMISTIC BECAUSE THE CLIMATE IS VERY GOOD THIS YEAR.))
[SUPER=@Edwards]
[RUNS=:17]
[OUT Q=very good this year.]
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[VO-NAT]


Roanoke is also joining the call for school construction money, and for help implementing the standards of learning in city classrooms.
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[8WEATHER]


[ANCHOR=Melanie]
[NEWSCAST=CUTIN]
[WRITER=KMC]
[TAPE #=]
[GRAPHIC=]


Time again to look at the forecast--
Cloudy, with periods of rain today, with highs in the low to mid 60s.
Scattered showers will likely end after midnight.
Lows in the lower 40s.
In the four day forecast, skies will stay partly cloudy until Saturday, when showers are possible again.
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