Next on News 7 at 11...
Police in Danville are investigating the discovery of a body this morning... they believe it's a murder.
More than a thousand pilots are were still out sick as the American Airlines protest continues.
And President Clinton is in Mexico, trying to jump start the drug war there.
News 7 is next.
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A Danville resident found something unexpected behind her house this morning..
the body of a man Danville Police suspect was shot to death.
The woman lives at the 100 block of Walker Street in Danville.
Police are handling the case as a homicide and have sent the body to a medical examiner for an autopsy.
An early morning traffic accident today took the life of a Rocky Mount teenager.
State police say 18-year old Sean Tyree ran off the road along Route 220 just after 4 this morning.
His truck flipped several times, throwing Tyree from the vehicle.
He died at the scene.
Authorities are still looking for a Salem teenager who escaped from a state mental hospital about a week ago.
Yesterday Noah "Drake" Schaffer contacted his mother through a friend, but he did not reveal his whereabouts.
David Johnson has more.
[IN Q=I miss him]
[SUPER=01-Kimber Rierson/Schaffer's Sister; :00 QUICK!!]
[SUPER=01-Keri Rierson/Schaffer's Sister; :04 QUICK!!]
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[SUPER=01-Sheri Rierson/Schaffer's Mother; :23 QUICK!!]
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[SUPER=01-Linda Wood/Schaffer's Grandmother; 1:01]
[SUPER=01-Jerry Deans/Adolescent Director; 1:16]
[OUT Q=from this mistake.]
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[IN Q=I MISS HIM]
((KERI RIERSON/SCHAFFER'S SISTER; I MISS HIM AND I LOVE HIM.))
((KIMBER RIERSON/SCHAFFER'S SISTER; I LOVE HIM. Do you want him to come home? YEAH.))
Noah "Drake" Schaffer's 4-year old twin sister's share the sentiments of their family.
The problems started at Coyner Springs, where Schaffer made numerous attempts on his own life.
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[IN Q=HE WOULD WITHHOLD]
((SHERI RIERSON/SCHAFFER'S MOTHER; HE WOULD WITHHOLD HIS MEDICATION WHEN THEY GAVE IT TO HIM. HE SAVED IT UP AND TOOK AN OVERDOSE AND HE WAS ADMITTED TO LEWIS GALE PSYCH CENTER.))
((RIERSON; THEN WHEN HE GOT BACK HE TRIED TO STARVE HIMSELF TO DEATH. HE WOULDN'T EAT OR DRINK WATER FOR ABOUT SIX DAYS.))
[OUT Q=ABOUT SIX DAYS.]
After Schaffer unsuccessfully tried to hang himself with a bedsheet January 28, he was sent to Marion State Hospital for psychiatric help.
Last Monday, during a therapy group session, Schaffer ran down this hall, jumped out an open window and got away.
The boy's grandmother partially faults the hospital.
[IN Q=THEY SAID THEY]
((LINDA WOOD/SCHAFFER'S GRANDMOTHER; THEY SAID THEY BELIEVE DRAKE HAD ALL THIS PLANNED. BECAUSE HE HAD BEEN TO A CLASSROOM, SEEN THE WINDOW OPEN, AND THEY JUST KNEW DRAKE HAD PLANS TO ESCAPE.))
[OUT Q=PLANS TO ESCAPE.]
The hospital director says it's a LOW SECURITY adolescent facility.
But he says it's no excuse for this incident.
[IN Q=THERE ARE WAYS]
((JERRY DEANS/DIRECTOR; THERE ARE WAYS OUT OF IT AND THE KIDS TEACH US THINGS FROM TIME TO TIME ABOUT OUR AREAS OF VULNERABILITY. AND WE'VE LEARNED FROM THIS MISTAKE.))
[OUT Q=THIS MISTAKE.]
((DAVID JOHNSON/REPORTING; SCHAFFER IS NOT THE ONLY ONE TO ESCAPE FROM THE MENTAL HEALTH INSTITUTE. BUT DEANS SAYS ALL OTHER PATIENTS HAVE BEEN RECAPTURED WITH IN HOURS, IF NOT MINUTES OF THEIR ESCAPE. SO FAR, SCHAFFER IS THE ONLY SMEAR ON THE HOSPITAL'S PATIENT RETRIEVEMENT RECORD. DAVID JOHNSON, NEWS 7, SMYTH COUNTY.))
Prosecutors have decided NOT to pursue murder charges against Ahmad (Bog-nude-uh) Bognuda.
Now, a Pulaski County woman is accusing them of negligence.
19-year old John Christopher Dean was shot to death December 23rd at the Washington Square Apartment complex.
(Bog-nude-uh) Bognuda was charged in the fatal shooting.
Bognuda told police he feared for his life when Dean pointed a gun at him and shot Dean in self-defense.
The county's prosecutor has decided not to pursue the murder charges because he's convinced the defendant acted in self-defense.
Dean's girlfriend says justice has not been served.
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((TIFFANY WILLIAMS/VICTIM'S GIRLFRIEND; THEY ACT LIKE IT WASN'T A MURDER CASE. THEY DIDN'T TAKE TIME OUT TO TALK WITH ALL OF THE WITNESSES. So you feel like they didn't do a thourough investigation? NO THEY DIDN'T DO THEIR JOB. THEY DIDN'T DO A GOOD JOB.))
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[OUT Q=A GOOD JOB.]
Williams says the shooting left Dean's four month old son without a father.
Prosecutor Edward Shockley still plans to prosecute Bognuda for illegal firearms possession.
Meanwhile, Dean's family members say they still plan to pursue the case legally if possible.
President Clinton is south of the border tonight, planning to put pressure on Mexican leaders to work a little harder to stop drug smugglers crossing into the U.S.
Bill Plant has more.
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[SUPER=01-Gen. Barry McCaffrey/Drug Czar; :41]
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[OUT Q=CBS News]
((President Clinton, in his meeting tomorrow morning with Mexico's
President Zedillo, will touch on the many problems between the U.S. and
Mexico - of which the drug trade is the most difficult.
Mexico's record of arrests and drug seizures BEFORE they cross the
border is by all accounts, dismal. It's supposed to be an ally with the
United States in the narcotics war -- and that status, called
certification, comes with a valuable aid package. Now Congress is
threatening to decertify Mexico.
American Drug Czar General Barry McCaffrey - who is accompanying Mr.
Clinton on this trip, says it may be slow going but Mexico HAS made
progress in cracking down on the drug trade.
SOT/GEN/. BARRY MCCAFFREY/DRUG CZAR
11 1343 IF YOU LOOK BACK OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS THERE'S BEEN
ENORMOUS PROGRESS ON THEIR PART - GREAT DETERMINATION AND COURAGE TO
CONFRONT THIS ENORMOUS THREAT
Mexico DOES have a new, stronger anti-drug program this year - including
500-million dollars dedicated to improving technology for tracking drug
shipments - and beefed up law enforcement personnel - as proof of how
seriously it takes the problem.
But Congress - and US officials who keep track of the numbers - point to
a dramatic rise in seizures of illegal drugs along the border: marijuana
and cocaine up by hundreds of thousands of pounds, heroin and
methamphetamines by thousands of pounds every year. Powerful drug
bosses arrested, then set freee-- and repeated American requests for
extradition refused. If the United States recertifies Mexico, they say,
it sends the wrong message.
SEN PAUL COVERDELL/CHR FOR RELATIONS CMTE
THE PROBLEM IS THAT WHEN YOU CERTIFY YOU ARE SAYING TO THE PEOPLE OF
MEXICO AND U.S., THINGS ARE COMING A LONG OK// THE LAST THING YOU WANT
TO DO IS MAKE PEOPLE FEEL WE'RE GETTING OUT HANDS AROUND THIS WHEN
INDEED WE'RE NOT AND IT'S GETTING WORSE.
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THE MEXICANS ARGUE THAT THE INCREASED SIEZURES OF ILLEGAL DRUGS ON THE
BORDER ARE A SIGN THEY'RE TRYING HARDER TO COOPERATE. BUSINESS
INTERESTS ON BOTH SIDES OF THE BORDER FEAR ECONOMIC CONSEQUENSES IF
MEXICO IS NOT RE-CERTIFIED. BUT CRITICS IN CONGRESS SEE AN
OUT-OF-CONTROL NARCO STATE ACROSS THE BORDER - AND THEY'RE PROMISING A
More American Airlines pilots reported to work today, but the sick-out still isn't over.
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1100 still stayed home, despite the threat of million dollar fines from a federal judge.
500 flights were cancelled today.
Passengers aren't the only ones frustrated.
Some American Airlines employees are also becoming impatient with the pilots, as they start to worry about THEIR jobs.
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((AIRLINE EMPLOYEE; I'M RATHER CONCERNED ABOUT THE ILLNESSES THAT HAVE BEFALLEN OUR PILOTS. SO WE ARE DOWN THERE CHECKING
PULSES, FEELING THEIR FOREHEADS, MAKING SURE THEY ARE WHERE THEY NEED TO BE SO WE CAN GET OUR CUSTOMERS BACK WHERE THEY NEED TO BE))
[OUT Q=our customers back]
The airline says it will still take several days to get back to normal... 200 flights are already cancelled tomorrow.
Still ahead--you can buy just about anything on the internet these days..even a pile of dirt.
And, even though she's Rocky Mount's first female police officer, this cop says she just wants to be one of the boys.
We'll hear from her when the news continues.
For the first time the Rocky Mount Police Department has a woman among its ranks.
Tina Tenret recently caught up with Officer Tammy Pickurel and has this report.
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((Tammy Pickurel is Rocky Mount's newest police officer -- hired away from the Henry County sheriff.
But ask her how she feels to be the lone woman on the force ....
[IN Q=I don't really]
((TAMMY PICKUREL/ROCKY MOUNT POLICE: I DON'T REALLY THINK ABOUT IT A LOT. IT DOESN'T BOTHER ME. I DON'T DWELL ON IT. I JUST TRY TO BE ONE OF THE FELLAS, ONE OF THE GUYS, SO THEY DON'T REALLY THINK OF ME AS BEING A FEMALE. THEY THINK OF ME AS BEING A POLICE OFFICER.))
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Pickurel has always been a trailblazer.
She is the oldest in a family of boys -- all law enforcement officers.
But believe it or not, this former Marine draws the line at women in combat.
[IN Q=In combat]
((IN COMBAT THE TEAM DEPENDS TOTALLY ON EACH OTHER. THERE WILL ALWAYS BE MEN WHO WILL NOT PUT AS MUCH FAITH AND CONFIDENCE IN WOMEN. THAT'S JUST THE NATURE OF THE BEAST.))
[OUT Q=THE BEAST]
But she says Rocky Mount's small and tight-knit force works as a team -- and she's counting on earning her partners' trust.
[IN Q=ONCE YOU PROVE]
((ONCE YOU PROVE YOU CAN BE COUNTED ON, THAT YOU ARE GOING TO BE THERE, THE BROTHERHOOD COMES IN.))
[OUT Q=COMES IN]
So why hasn't Rocky Mount ever hired female police officers?
The chief says fewer women apply, and in the past, they've never been qualified.
But he says certain situations need a woman.
((OBVIOUSLY THERE ARE ISSUES INVOLVING INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE WOMEN AND A WOMAN'S DEMEANOR WILL BE ADVANTAGEOUS OVER THAT OF A MALE.))
[OUT Q=OF A MALE]
Pickurel won't call herself a role model -- but she does say if girls see more female cops on the street -- they may follow.
Maybe then the so-called "brotherhood" will include more sisters.
Tina Tenret News7 Rocky Mount.))
Internet gambling could threaten college sports.
And, how much would YOU pay for an ounce of Roanoke dirt?
Details in tonight's WebWatch.
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The N-C-Double-A wants an all-out federal ban on internet gambling. The organization says online gambling is a serious threat to college sports, because student-athletes could be tempted to place bets anonymously, then throw the game.
If you're buying on-line, the government's counting. Beginning this year the U.S. commerce department is keeping track of annual consumer sales made on the internet. As internet commerce takes off, the government wants to have accurate statistics. Right now internet sales make up less than one percent of all retail sales.
We're not sure how they would count this... An entreprenuer on E-bay, the popular online auction site, was selling an ounce of guaranteed Roanoke dirt. Starting price one cent plus shipping. The seller is out to prove you can sell ANYTHING on the internet, and settle a bet with a friend... he won, the dirt sold for 50 cents.
Dirt costs half a buck but computers are free online. At free-pc-dot-com they'll GIVE you a computer to use for 2 years, plus free internet service.... but it will cost you some privacy.... you have to fill out a questionaire, and let them flash advertisements around the screen while you're using their pc.
For links to these sites, click on WebWatch, at the WDBJ website, at WDBJ7-dot-com.))
Coming up--this time of year is one of the busiest for a small post office in Virginia..
in part because of the town's name which makes for a very appropriate postmark this time of year.
More when we return.
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Many people mail their Valentine's letters and cards through one town's post office to make sure they get a very special postmark.
Steve Smallshaw has more in this week's Virginia Profiles.
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[SUPER=01-Willie Wright/Valentines Postmaster; :45]
[SUPER=01-Frances Wright/Wife; 1:09]
[SUPER=01-Diane Gett/Customer; 2:00]
[OUT Q=News7, Valentines, Virginia.]
(( From the outside, it looks like your typical country store.. but this is more than just the local meeting place for Brunswick County residents..
[natsot door opens and closes 11:44:12]
Eleven months of the year, postmaster Willie Wright handles mail for just 275 regular postal customers in the tiny village of Valentines.. but for a few weeks out of every year, his is one of the most sought-after postmarks in the country.
[natsot stamping of postmark]
Starting in late January, the bundles of Valentines start rolling in from all across the United States.
The staff of three puts in some long days sorting, stamping and stacking.. an average of 45- thousand extra pieces of mail.. all of which must be given a hand-stamped cachet and local postmark.
((WILLIE WRIGHT/VALENTINES POSTMASTER: WELL, IT'S A LOT OF WORK BUT I TELL YOU, IT'S REAL REWARDING TO SEE THE APPRECIATION THAT PEOPLE HAVE FOR WHAT I DO. THEY WRITE ME AND TELL ME, THEY TELL ME IN PERSON, THEY GET THEIR VALENTINES AND WRITE ME AFTER AND TELL ME HOW MUCH THEY APPRECIATE ME FIXING THEIR VALENTINES FOR THEM. THE THANKS THAT I GET MAKE IT ALL WORTHWHILE.))
[OUT Q=all worthwhile.]
((FRANCES WRIGHT/WIFE: BECAUSE WE MEET SO MANY PEOPLE OVER THE YEARS THAT HAVE BEEN HERE THROUGH, THEY'RE LIKE FAMILY, ALMOST, COMING BACK, AND WE ENJOY SEEING THE PEOPLE. IT'S, I GUESS, A LABOR OF LOVE.))
[OUT Q=labor of love (laughs).]
((The village of Valentines is nothing more than a crossroads community in southern Brunswick County.. just a wide spot in the road on the way to North Carolina. But Willie Wright says the same people who send him all those cards and letters also make it a point to stop by in person.. to see for themselves the place where the spirit of Valentines lives on year-round.))
[OUT Q=on year-round.]
[IN Q=I have tourists]
((WRIGHT: I HAVE TOURISTS EVERY WEEK, PRACTICALLY, THROUGH THE YEAR, THAT COME IN HERE AND WANT TO SEE THIS POST OFFICE AND STORE. PRACTICALLY EVERY WEEK PEOPLE COME IN HERE.))
[OUT Q=come in here.]
Count Diane Gett among that number.
A Mormon missionary on her way back to Utah, Gett heard about the Valentines post office and decided to send her family's cards from here.
[IN Q=They'll love it]
((DIANE GETT/CUSTOMER: THEY'LL LOVE IT. MY GRANDCHILDREN ARE GOING TO BE TOTALLY EXCITED AND I EVEN SENT ONE TO MYSELF SO I COULD HAVE A SOUVENIR.))
[OUT Q=have a souvenir.]
It's that kind of excitement that make the long hours and sore hands all worthwhile.
((FRANCES WRIGHT: IT MAKES YOU FEEL GOOD TO FEEL LIKE SOMEBODY ELSE IS MADE HAPPY.))
[OUT Q=made happy.]
And that's what the holiday is all about.
Steve Smallshaw, News7, Valentines, Virginia.))
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Jeff Gordon wins the Daytona 500, and the Lady Hokies hang on to beat Rhode Island.
Now our Extra Point.
Washington quarterback Trent Green rejected a four year 12 million dollar contract offer from the Skins.
Yesterday he was in Saint Louis to meet with Rams officials.
Green started 14 games for the Redskins last season, completed 278 passes in 509 attempts for 3441 yards.
Washington was six and 10 last season.
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The Roanoke-Salem Baseball Hall of Fame inducted five new members during the eighth annual ceremony and banquet.
About 750 people came out to honor Jim Mitchell, Abe Naff, Eddie Popowski, Franklin Stubbs and Dan Wooldridge.
Orioles great Brooks Robinson rubbed shoulders with the inductees and also took some time to sign a few autographs.
Robinson was the guest speaker.
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[SUPER=01-Franklin Stubbs/Former Hokie & LA Dodger; :14]
[SUPER=01-Abe Naff/Ferrum Baseball Coach; :23]
[SUPER=01-Jim Mitchell/1999 Inductee; :31]
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Rounding out this class was Eddie Popowski. Popowski played pro ball in the Roanoke Valley and went onto play against Babe Ruth.
Dan Wooldridge is also a member of the class of '99. Wooldridge is known for his work as an official in high school and college sports.
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Jeff Gordon edges out Dale Earnhardt foiling the Intimidator's shot at a repeat in the 41st running of Dayton 500.
Gordon also fattened up his bank account winning 2 million dollars the biggest purse in race history.
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[SUPER=01-Dale Earnhardt/Fifth 2nd Place Finish; 1:15]
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The first half of the race was nearly caution free, the yellow flag came out on lap 95 when oil was spotted on the track.
A trouble time for Bobby Labonte as well when engine trouble cause him to take an extended pit stop. Labonte had been among the leaders.
Jimmy Spencer brought out the second flag of the day on lap 122 when his number 23 car hit the wall.
Rusty Wallace led the pack at the half way point until Jeremy Mayfield grabbed the lead with 77 more trips around the oval to go.
Wallace snatched back the lead less than 10 laps later from Bill Elliot, Dale Jarrett was third followed by Gordon, But Jarrett's time on the track was limited.
On lap 135 a 10 car pile up took him out of the race. Jarrett was not injured.
Gordon saved his car all day staying in the third and fourth spot and credits a four tire change in the final pitstop as giving him the edge in the last lap dual with Dale Earnhardt.
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[OUT Q=from that point]
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[IN Q=22:57:14 we had]
[OUT Q=but i couldn't]
Earnhardt was followed by Kenny Irwin, Mike Skinner and Michael Waltrip. For those three it was a career best at Daytona.
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Ricky Craven wasn't among the top finishers today.
He placed 26th, but Craven had made his mark at Daytona during Speedweeks long before today's race.
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Craven, who has always been one to give of his time and money to a variety of charitible organizations and causes, found an open spot on his new Hollywood Video Ford and decided to lend a hand to Walter Payton's effort to obtain a liver transplant by displaying his web site on the car.
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[IN Q="I think...]
[SUPER=01-Ricky Craven/Hollywood Video Ford Driver; :00]
[OUT Q=...good about that."]
Still to come, college basketball highlights.
The Virginia Tech Lady Hokies survive turnovers to beat Rhode Island.
And the Cavaliers need extra minutes to beat the Wolfpack. All the action whenwe return.
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UVA needed extra minutes to get away with a win over ACC rival North Carolina State.
Pete Gillian's squad trying to avoid finishing last in the ACC took on NC-State.
The Cavs on the run get it to Donald Hand. Hand pulls up and nets the three.
State turns right around and answers back with a Justin Ganney trey.
But Hand was hot all afternoon he hits all his three point attempts in the first half and scores 41 points on the day.
The Wolfpack gets the points here but the short-staff Cavaliers pull this one out in overtime 82 to 79.
Extra minutes didn't help the Lady Cavaliers. 18th ranked UVA fell to number 14 North Carolina 82-to-80 in overtim
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Well it looks like the Guiness World Record for Kissing will stay on the books for a while.
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The Australian radio station that sponsored a Valentine's Day Kissing Contest has declared their winners.
The couple smooched non-stop for 15 hours and 57 minutes.
Now remember, that included no bathroom breaks, no sitting down and no falling asleep.
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The couple decided not to try to go for the world record once they had beaten everyone else in the contest and won the trip to Paris.
That means a Michigan couple will hold on to their lip locking record of 29 hours and 57 minutes.
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