Next on News 7- charges are dropped against five Virginia Tech fraternity members who were accused of abducting an exotic dancer.
And police in Danville say the investigation is all but closed in this weekend's murder after the only suspect commits suicide.
It's been a while, but the weather service has issued a winter storm watch for Friday evening. We will tell you why in a moment.
Another disappointment for Carilion as Vistar eye surgery center gains votes in the Senate.
Plus are you wondering why you can't pick up a prescription after work at some CVS pharmacies. We'll have the answer tonight on health check.
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A real threat of winter weather beginning tomorrow afternoon. Winter Weather Watches will go in to effect as there is a possibility of accumulating snow.
Robin Reed is in the Weather Center with more.
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Five Virginia Tech students were cleared today of any wrongdoing in connection with a fraternity party involving an exotic dancer.
Four of the fraternity students were charged with abduction-- while a fifth was accused of indecent exposure and sexual battery.
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Teresa Hamilton was at today's preliminary hearing and joins us from our Blacksburg newsroom with the latest.
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Jean-- charges against the five were dismissed at the request of Montgomery County Commonwealth's attorney Skip Schwab, who essentially said the evidence, in the end, didn't support the charges.
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Michelle Russell and her escort, David Cheresnowsky, went to Virginia Tech police last fall saying several members of the Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity had held them against their will inside the frat house.
They told investigators the students were angry that Russell has refused to perform without clothes.
Cheresnowsky also told police one of the students had taken money from his pocket that Russell had been paid in exchange for performing.
Seth Marshall was there that night and was later charged by Virginia Tech police with abduction.
He says more than anything he wants people to know no one was held against their will.
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((SETH MARSHALL/FRATERNITY MEMBER:THIS HAS BEEN A VERY BIG EMBARRASSMENT FOR ME AND MY FAMILY AND I JUST WISH PEOPLE WOULD REALIZE THAT NOTHING HAPPENED.))
Abduction charges were also dismissed against Michael Campbell, Mark Brensy and Ryan Worch--- who was also cleared o
f charges he took the dancer's money.
Charges were also dismissed against Nicholas Desarno-- who was accused of exposing himself to the dancer and trying to remove her lingerie.
Desarno's attorney says his client's innocent.
((PAUL BARNETT/DESARNO'S ATTORNEY:ABSOLUTELY, OF ALL CHARGES, AND OF DOING ANY THING HE'S ACCUSED OF DOING THAT NIGHT.))
Prosecutor Skip Schwab says he decided to dismiss the charges after police learned the entire incident was the result of a misunderstanding between the couple and the fraternity over how far Russell would go with her performance.
He says no one was held against their will and that no money was taken.
Police in Danville say their investigation into a weekend murder is all but closed, after their one-and-only suspect committed suicide.
Kenneth Thomas Bailey the Second put a gun to his head yesterday after leading police on a high speed chase through Pittsylvania County and into Danville.
Police believe Bailey was the man who murdered Anthony Broadnax sometime early Sunday morning and then dumped his body behind a Walker Street home.
But police won't release a motive for the shooting or say if the two men even knew each other.
Yesterday's chase ended when Bailey smashed the stolen car he was driving into another vehicle.
He took off running.
An officer approached him on foot, and that's when Bailey shot himself.
More warplanes are going in and diplomats may be coming out as the conflict in Kosovo continues.
Talks are underway in France- but if Serbs don't reach a peace deal for Kosovo, NATO may strike.
The Pentagon is sending 51 more warplanes to Europe to back NATO.
Planning is underway for the possible evacuation of U-S embassies in the region.
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Peace negotiators in France are working under a noon Saturday deadline to reach a deal.
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The man recaptured after fleeing a Martinsville prison farm 25 years ago may be getting out sooner than expected. We'll have that next.
And we'll tell you why a leading consumers group says you should be concerned about the fruits and vegetables your children eat.
On Health Check, an eye surgery clinic seeking approval from the state buses a group of supporters to Richmond.
And Patrick Evans takes the yellow brick road to Lynchburg.
A warning tonight that pesticides on fruits and vegetables may be dangerous for children.
Consumer reports magazine has released a wide ranging survey that revelas many children may be getting unsafe levels of pesticides.
Bobbi Harley explains why.
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((FRUITS AND VEGETABLES -- WE'VE HEARD FOR YEARS NOW THAT THE MORE WE EAT - THE BETTER OFF WE'LL BE.
BUT NOW A RED FLAG'S GONE UP ABOUT CONSUMING TOO MUCH OF A GOOD
THING - NOT FOR US - BUT FOR OUR KIDS.
Nancy Metcalf/Consumer Reports Assoc. Editor: There are fruits and
vegetables out there on the market with pesticide residues that are too high for young children.
SOME AS MUCH AS ONE HUNDRED TIMES MORE THAN WHAT OUR OWN GOVERNMENT DEEMS SAFE FOR CHILDREN.
CONSUMER REPORTS MAGAZINE ANALYZED TWENTY-SEVEN THOUSAND SAMPLES OF PRODUCE.
HERE'S WHAT IT CAME UP WITH: APPLES, GRAPES, GREEN BEANS, PEACHES,
PEARS, SPINACH AND WINTER SQUASH -- ALL CAME IN TOO HIGH.
BUT HERE'S THE CATCH: THERE'S NOTHING ILLEGAL ABOUT THESE NUMBERS
BECAUSE PESTICIDE LIMITS ARE BASED ON ADULTS, NOT CHILDREN, AND THAT'S
WHAT EXPERTS SAY NEEDS TO BE CHANGED.
Edward Groth, Ph.D./Consumers Union: The legal limits and the definitions of safety are completely out of whack with each other.
Bobbi Harley/New York: The
fruits and vegetables the study found to have the highest levels of
pesticides, peaches, apples and pears, are probably the same foods your
kids eat the most. So as a parent what do you do?
Karen Pickus/Mother: It's very frightening, I've always asked what
I can do about it, how much power do I have.
MAKE SOME DIFFERENT CHOICES.
GIVE YOUR CHILDREN A WIDE VARIETY OF FRUITS AND VEGETABLES. PEEL APPLES,
PEACHES AND PEARS, ANY FRUIT OR VEGETABLE WITH A SKIN, TO REMOVE ANY PESTICIDE RESIDUE.
WASH GREEN, LEAFY VEGETABLES WITH DILUTED DISHWASHING DETERGENT. OR BUY ORGANIC PRODUCE -- A STUDY LAST YEAR FOUND IT HAD LITTLE OR
WHEN IT COMES TO THE REAL DANGERS OF THESE TOXINS - EXPERTS CAN'T
REALLY PINPOINT WHAT THE LONG TERM EFFECT IS ON KIDS - ONLY THAT IT'S
TIME THE GOVERNMENT BROUGHT ITS PESTICIDE LIMITS INTO COMPLIANCE WITH ITS OWN SAFETY STANDARDS FOR CHILDREN.
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Freedom might not be that far off for a man who was recently captured after escaping from the Martinsville prison farm 25-years ago.
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Alfred Martin could be released as early as March 3rd.
The State Department of Corrections recalculated his release date taking into consideration time for good behavior.
The Martinsville Sheriff had originally estimated that Martin would have to spend five months in jail.
Martin fled Virginia in 1974, after being convicted of selling marijuana.
Police in Michigan discovered Martin was a fugitive after stopping him for expired vehicle tags.
Martin will have to report to a parole officer in Michigan after he's released.
Patrick Evans is easing down the road to E-C Glass High School. He's standing by for a production of the Wiz.
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We're off to see the Wizard... Well, actually, we're off to see a new production of "The Wiz".
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As Patrick Evans explains, E-C Glass will present a contemporary version of this Broadway Classic.
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Coming up in Sports, two of the major leagues most dominant pitchers trade teams. Mike Stevens will have the details.
On Health Check, a shortage of pharmacists is causing some drug stores to close early.
And complications with the flu are leading to much more serious illnesses at some local hospitals.
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This year's flu is attacking young people and they're not getting over it.
Two patients in their 30's in the Roanoke Valley died recently of complications with the flu.
Lewis-Gale Medical Center doctors say the flu virus can turn into pneumonia if not treated early.
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((DR. DOUG BLEVINS/INFECTIOUS DISEASE: SOME PATIENTS WAIT SEVERAL DAYS HOPING IT'S GOING TO GO AWAY AND AS THEY BECOME WEAKER AND SICKER SOMETIMES THEY DON'T HAVE AS GOOD A JUDGMENT AND THEY SHOW UP VIRTUALLY DEAD ON ARRIVAL AND WE KEEP THEM ALIVE SOMETIMES FOR A FEW DAYS, BUT USUALLY THE OUTCOME IS KNOWN BY THE TIME THEY COME IN BECAUSE THEY'VE WAITED TOO LONG.))
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Doctor Blevins says if you experience symptoms of a prolonged high fever, shortness of breath, dizziness, passing out and delirium, go to the hospital right away.
Those are signs of complications that could be potentially fatal if not treated.
Doctor Blevins also suggests everyone, no matter what age, receive a pneumonia vaccine as well as the flu shot to avoid any health problems during these winter months.
Eight CVS pharmacies in Roanoke have reduced their hours.
The stores at those locations are opened nine to nine, but the pharmacies are closing at six.
CVS regional manager Gary Sartan declined an on-camera interview, but he did tell us over the phone the reason the pharmacies are closing early is due to a shortage of pharmacists.
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((VICTOR YANCHICK/MCV SCHOOL OF PHARMACY DEAN: WE GRADUATE ABOUT A HUNDRED STUDENTS A YEAR AND FROM WHAT I UNDERSTAND IN THE STATE OF VIRGINIA, THEY NEED ANOTHER HUNDRED PHARMACISTS JUST TO MEET THE MANPOWER NEEDS.))
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There are three pharmacy schools in Virginia.
Yanchick says shorter hours pose more than just an inconvenience for customers.
Pharmacists are now forced to work the entire shift alone and that could lead to health risks.
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((VICTOR YANCHICK/MCV SCHOOL OF PHARMACY DEAN: PHARMACISTS QUITE OFTEN ARE SO BUSY WHEN THEY'RE IN THE PHARMACY THAT THEY HAVE LITTLE TIME TO TAKE A LUNCH BREAK OR JUST A REST BREAK AND IF YOU'RE WORKING 12 HOURS A DAY WITH LITTLE TIME TO RELAX SOMETIMES YOU MAY BECOME MORE CARELESS.))
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Yanchick says he believes the shortage will become more severe as more chain drug stores open across the state.
The CVS 24 hour stores are still staffed around the clock to fill prescriptions.
The Roanoke eye doctors who are fighting Carilion to open their own surgery center squeaked out a victory today in Richmond.
Vistar Eye Clinic says it can do eye surgery more cheaply than Carilion-- if lawmakers will skip the normal state process and let the doctors open a surgery center.
A large crowd from the Roanoke Valley turned the Senate committee hearing into a Carilion bash session.
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((MARTIN JEFFREY/ROANOKE VALLEY NAACP: THIS IS ABOUT THE FACT THAT IN CARILION'S FACILITY IN DOWNTOWN ROANOKE THERE IS POSTED IN THE EMERGENCY ROOM A SIGN THAT SAYS "WE DO NOT TAKE MEDICAID HERE." YES.))
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((JOSEPH PILSON/FERRUM RESIDENT: THEY SAID IT WOULD BE TOO MUCH COMPETITION. NOT IN EXACT WORDS, BUT THERE WASN'T A NEED FOR THIS USE BECAUSE OF THE COMPETITION, IT WOULD CUT INTO THEIR PROFITS TOO MUCH. TO HECK WITH THEIR PROFITS! FOR THE SIMPLE REASON THEY'RE STEALING ENOUGH FROM US ALREADY--))
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Virginia is about to study its Certificate of Public Need process.
So Carilion supporters say the legislature shouldn't undermine that process just to help the eye doctors.
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((SEN. JANE WOODS/R-FAIRFAX: THERE IS A SUBCOMMITTEE STRUGGLING MIGHTILY WITH THIS.))
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((BILL THOMAS/CARILION LOBBYIST: WE'RE REALLY TALKING ABOUT ONE EXCEPTION THAT IS GOING TO BE MADE IN THE CODE AND SHORT CIRCUIT A PROCESS THAT IS STILL UNDER WAY.))
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The committee voted 8 to 7 for the Vistar doctors, to report the bill out to the full Senate -- despite a hard core last minute lobbying effort by Carilion.
Today in Sports, the Rocket has a new home.
With that, here's Mike Stevens.[S5-Yankees]
Welcome folks to a Two Minute ticker that is full of baseball news, a little adversity and a some racing.
First news from the Bronx Zoo.
The world champion New York Yankees made a blockbuster trade today as they sent fan favorite David Wells to the Toronto Blue Jays for five time Cy Young award winner Roger Clemens.
The Yanks get a future hall of famer - but saying goodbye to Wells on the opening day of spring training was still a difficult process.
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The Atlanta Braves didn't make any kind of trade today, but the team still had the collective wind knocked out of it as news surfaced that slugging first baseman Andres Gallaraga has cancer and will miss the entire season.
His Doctors found a tumor in a small bone in his back during an MRI yesterday.
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The Winston Cup circuit pulls into Rockingham tomorrow for this weekend's Dura Lube/Big Kmart 400.
But they may want to call it the Big K-Mast 400.
Rick Mast returns to the Rock for qualifying tomorrow.
Last year on this weekend he won the pole for the race.
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Coming up at six, we'll meet a Cave Spring graduate who is coaching the most improved college basketball team in the nation.
Jean will have more News 7 at Five in just a moment.
Take care everybody.
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A leading musical instrument company is finding success by taking something out of their instruments... the sound.
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Yahama has developed a high tech way that can save the hearing of parents whose children practice.
The instruments feel like the real thing, but they use powerful microprocessors to create the sound. Musicians can give their neighbors the silent treatment while they listen to the music through headphones.
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The instruments can also be hooked up to an amplifier for performances.
An added bonus to the technology.. since it converts notes to a
digital signal.. you can practice with friends anywhere in the world
over the internet.
Meanwhile the person in the next room won't hear you.