Ahead on News 7 at Noon, A Roanoke connection to the F-B-I and its
infiltration of a major Columbian drug cartel.
And more than a dozen Roanoke college students face hazing charges.
Don't go away, News 7 at Noon is next.
Federal law enforcement agents say they have infiltrated the highest levels
of the Cali Cartel in Columbia, thanks to the work of two men right here in
It's a long complicated tale- -six years in the making.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Keith/Microwave
Keith Humphry is here to tell us about it.
It began with the arrest of a low-level drug distributor in North Carolina
who said his distributor was a guy named "Jimmy" Cruz.
JAVIER Cruz worked for Leo Rivera, a major cocaine trafficker.
Eventually U-S Drug Enforcement Agents brought the two men to Roanoke.
Cruz and Rivera agreed to talk and try to turn the tables on the Cali Cartel.
They spent nearly a year housed in two cells on the sixth floor of the
Roanoke county jail.
From there they managed to maintain contact with their suppliers in Florida
and South America... providing the D-E-A a road map through the maze of
international drug trafficking.
((BOB CROUCH/U.S. ATTORNEY FOR WESTERN VA: ))
SUPER=01-Peter Gruden/DEA Agent;
OUT Q=pick ups followed
Once they'd proven themselves as informants, Cruz and Rivera settled here
in the Roanoke Valley, working for the government, making frequent trips to
Columbia, South America.
They located cocaine conversion labs, money laundering operations... even
fingered corrupt Columbian officials.
Back home Rivera and Cruz maintained the appearance of average, law-abiding
citizens... sending their children to public and parochial schools in Roanoke
and Roanoke County.
Double Boxes=Melanie and Keith/Microwave
In fact, Melanie, Rivera was placed in the witness protection program just
a month ago and both men have been recently relocated.
Police have charged 17 young people, including several Roanoke College
students, with hazing, trespassing and being drunk in public.
The charges come after an incident which was reported just after midnight,
near Carvins Cove.
Roanoke County police were checking a noise report, when they found four
students blindfolded and face down in the water.
The other students said it was an exercise in bonding, and learning to trust
Police say no one was hurt.
A spokeswoman for Roanoke College says school officials are investigating
the incident, and that if they find any violations of the student conduct code
they will take appropriate action.
An autopsy scheduled for today should help identify a body found in a
burning car in Nelson County yesterday.
Deputies were called to this area off Route 6-26 near (win-JY-nuh) Wingina,
after a road crew spotted smoke in the woods.
They found a two-door hatchback parked fifty yards off the highway on a
It was engulfed in flames- and deputies found a body in the driver's seat.
IN Q=It does appear
((Reporter: It does appear to be a suspicious fire? SHERIFF RON WOOD/NELSON
CO.: IT'S A SUSPICIOUS FIRE... ..TERRAIN IT WAS IN.))
SUPER=01-Ron Wood/Nelson Co. Sheriff; :03
OUT Q=terrain it was in.
Sheriff Wood says a five-gallon gas can was also found inside the car.
Some tense moments during what witnesses call a botched armed robbery in
Roanoke last night.
Police say around closing time a customer at the McDonald's on Franklin Road
went into the restroom.
When he entered, he found a man inside, who pointed a gun at him.
While the customer struggled to escape, the gun went off.
The gunman then came out of the bathroom, waving the weapon.
He left through the drive- thru window, since the doors to the business were
Police say none of the employees or the customer was hurt and no money was
They are still searching for the gunman.
The observation deck of the Empire State Building re-opened to the public
this morning under tighter security.
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Yesterday, the landmark building was fitted with metal detectors and a
baggage scanner following Sunday's shooting rampage.
A Palestinian man opened fire on a crowd of tourists, killing one person and
wounding six others before taking his own life.
There's another claim of responsibility for the bombing of a gay nightclub
SUPER=03-Atlanta, GA/Friday Night;
The F-B-I reports a group calling itself "the Sons of Confederate Klan" says
it planted the explosives.
Meantime, a letter by "the Army of God" claims IT bombed the nightclub AND
an an abortion clinic last month.
The group threatened a total war against the federal government and promised
((I THINK WHAT YOU HAVE TO AWARE OF IS THE FACT THAT IN THE MONTH OF APRIL YOU
HAVE SEVERAL EVENT TAKING PLACE. YOU HAVE THE ANNIVERSARY OF WACO AND ALSO THE
BOMBING OF THE FEDERAL BUILDING IN OKLAHOMA CITY AND THE BEGINNING OF THE
MCVEIGH NICHOLS TRIAL. ))
SUPER=01-Bob Fink/Former ATF Agent; :10
OUT Q=MCVEIGH NICHOLS TRIAL.
The bombs used in both attacks reportedly were very similar, they were
dynamite packed with nails.
Meantime, a bomb scare involving a U-Haul truck has ended in Atlanta.
A senior F-B-I official confirms agents found the truck early this morning
and determined it was not carrying bomb making materials.
A nationwide alert had been issued after witnesses said the truck was loaded
with diesel fuel and fertilizer.
Those ingredients combined to make the Oklahoma City bomb.
Tamron Hall has more.
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SUPER=03-Oklahoma City, OK; :37
SUPER=03-Waco, TX; :42
OUT Q=For CBS News.
Testimony continues today in the murder trial of Cepada (se-PAY-da) Wiley.
Wiley is charged with killing Jesse Ferguson at the Embassy Inn July fourth.
On the stand this morning the victim's former girlfriend told police Jesse
Ferguson had a reputation for violence.
Kim Bonds says Ferguson was enraged to find her at a motel with Cepada
Wiley's brother Ron.
She said Ferguson threw Ron Wiley through a plate glass window, then came
after Cepada Wiley, saying "It's your turn."
After that Cepada Wiley opened fire.
The case will likely go to the jury this afternoon.
Athletes at Virginia Tech will now face an automatic team suspension if they
are arrested on felony charges.
And the ATHLETIC DIRECTOR will dole out punishment for misdemeanors as he
sees fit, taking those decisions out of the hands of coaches.
The sanctions are part of a three-pronged plan aimed at ending an
embarrassing string of arrests.
Athletic Director Dave Braine told the Board of Visitors, athletes must
remember taking part in inter- collegiate sports is a PRIVILEGE.
((DAVE BRAINE/VA TECH ATHLETIC DIRECTOR: WE WILL BE HARD LINE AND BASICALLY, I
NEVER WANT TO HAVE TO BE UP HERE BEFORE YOU ALL AGAIN TO TALK ABOUT THIS. ))
SUPER=01-Dave Braine/Va. Tech Athletic Director;
OUT Q=talk about this.
The plan also calls for better background checks in recruiting.
And it provides for mentors and advisors, as well as educational programs to
encourage appropriate behavior.
The Virginia Military Institute has already accepted 21-women out of 43
applicants so far.
Perhaps the real story is that the number of applications- -overall, male
AND female- - has INCREASED 21-percent since the school agreed to admit women
In the latest status report filed yesterday in federal court, V-M-I sets
out a plan to exchange six cadets with other military schools.
It's partly designed to have a few upperclassWOMEN on post when the first
co-ed class of "rats" arrives in August.
The female exchange students at V-M-I will team up with male mentors,
called "dykes," to help the "rats" get used to barracks life and the rigors of
the "rat line."
Wythe County's school superintendent says the administration is working to
smooth racial relations within the classroom.
Jim Vaught points to a task force assembled a few years ago.
The group promotes multi- cultural differences.
And one of its first courses of action was to require Wythe County eighth
graders to take an ethnic diversity class.
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((JIM VAUGHT/WYTHE COUNTY SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: THIS HAS BEEN IN PLACE AND I
THINK AS WE GO ON AND GO FORWARD, I THINK IT'S GOING TO BE A GOOD VEHICLE IN
PROMOTING WORKING TOGETHER TO MAINTAIN THE KIND OF CLIMATE THAT WE WANT IN OUR
SUPER=01-Jim Vaught/Wythe Co. Schools Superintendent;
OUT Q=our schools
SUPER=03-Wythe Co./Last Week;
Last week a hate message aimed against blacks was spray painted on the road
leading up to George Wythe High School.
Before that, several students were suspended for knotting their jacket
drawstrings to resemble nooses.
One day later, the same incident happened at Scott Memorial Elementary
The Virginia economy has had its ups and downs, but it's always changing.
Len Besthoff reports.
IN Q=A University
SUPER=01-John Knapp/UVa Business and Econ. Researcher; :37
OUT Q=LB, News-7.
(( A University of Virginia study headed by Professor John Knapp at the
Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service says the Commonwealth's "traditional"
industries have declined in relative size over the past decade.
While business is booming at places like Hooker Furniture in Roanoke,
Knapp's research shows that as a share of income, sectors like coal, tobacco,
textiles, furniture, shipbuilding, and civilian and military government
operations have dropped from nearly 22- percent of total earnings in Virginia,
to just above 16- percent.
SOT VA-ECONOMY TAPE ONE 12:04:50
IN Q=If you
((JOHN KNAPP/UVA BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC RESEARCHER: IF YOU COMPARE 1995 WITH
TEN YEARS EARLIER, 1985, THEIR SHARE HAS SLIPPED QUITE A BIT. ))
OUT Q=quite a bit.
SOT VA-ECONOMY TAPE ONE 14:44:25 lbstandup
IN Q=Knapp says
((Knapp says one of the main reasons behind this decline is not that companies
are leaving the Commonwealth in mass numbers, but rather that automation has
allowed them to have fewer employees. ))
OUT Q=fewer employees.
These findings beg the question, which industries are picking up the slack?
SOT VA-ECONOMY TAPE ONE 12:05:22
((JOHN KNAPP/UVA BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC RESEARCHER: CERTAINLY IN THE SERVICES
SECTOR WE'VE HAD A LOT OF GROWTH. FINANCE, INSURANCE, THAT AREA HAS GROWN, AND
OUT Q=health services.
Surprisingly, many seem aware of which industries are growing.
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((WELL I'D SAY BANKING.))
OUT Q=say banking.
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Knapp's numbers bear this out.
Virginia's growing sectors now account for nearly 20- percent of the
Commonwealth's total earnings, edging out traditional industries by almost
Len Besthoff, News-7.
In some circles, words like lumbago and belfry don't come into everyday
It's one thing to know their meaning-- but can you also spell them?
Those are NOT all the words they nailed, at the Roanoke Academy of Math and
25 champion spellers took to the stage, in front of some anxious parents.
After four rounds, it was down to two competitors.
Wilson Middle School's Bethany Jones EVOKED a win.
((EVOCATIVE. E-V-O-C-A-T-I-V-E. There's your champion ladies and gentleman.
OUT Q=clapping NAT SOUND
And yes, that was Robin Reed doing the calling!
It may be hard to find a room in Lynchburg in the next few weeks.
Five different high school and college basketball tournaments are coming to
It started with the Hill City Shootout on Saturday, where some of the
nation's top high school stars were in action.
The success of the Big South tournament helped bring the Shootout to
IN Q=The most important
((CHRIS ELLIS/SPORTS CAPITAL OF VA: THE MOST IMPORTANT THING ABOUT IT IS I
REMEMBER THE DIRECTOR OF THE TOURNAMENT SAYING THAT ONE OF THE REASONS HE
WANTED TO COME TO LYNCHBURG IS BECAUSE HE HAD SEEN WERE THE BIG SOUTH AND THE
VIRGINIA HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE HAD BEEN SUCCESSFUL AND I THINK THAT'S A GREAT
SUPER=01-Chris Ellis/Sports Capital of Virginia; :00
OUT Q=a great compliment.
Liberty University plays host to the Big South's men's AND women's
tournaments this year.
And the Virginia High School League championships arrive March 13th.
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SUPER=301-45/37/Var 3mph/30.33f/81/1930/ 6/1967;
TAPE#=net (edit of BB97-3)
Hampden-Sydney captured the ODAC men's basketball title last night.
Steve Mason has more from the Salem Civic Center.
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SUPER=01-Otis Tucker/Scored Game High 20 Points; :12
SUPER=01-Elson DeVan/Scored 11 Points, 4 Assists; :41
SUPER=01-Tony Shaver/Hampden-Sydney Head Coach; :58
OUT Q=....News 7 Sports"
(( A bitter sweet ending to Ottis Tucker the Third's career. The Lynchburg
senior earned the ODAC tournament MVP award for averaging 19 points and over 9
rebounds in 3 games.
Judging from the first basket of the game, it appeared Otis's luck would
continue. Both teams exchanged the lead 6 times in the opening minutes, before
the Tigers took control. Senior Elson DeVan snapped the nylon for 3 of his 11
and Sydney went into the break up 48-39.
After the half, The Tigers continued to pour it on and when they had
finally taken off their running shoes; Tony's Tigers had gone on a 30 to 2 run
that gave reserves like Carlos Holland a chance to shine.
Hampden-Sydney wins its 3rd ODAC title of the 90's and 4th in school
history. Steve Mason News 7 sports.))
TAPE#net (edit of S7-1)
The Charlotte Hornets continues their success on the road, minus Dell Curry.
SUPER=03-San Antonio, TX/Hornets vs. Spurs; :00
Dominique Wilkins had 20 points.
But the Hornets Glen Rice was unstoppable scoring a game high 33, as
Charlotte beats the Spurs 96 to 84 for their 35th game of the year.
SUPER=03-Orlando, FL/Pistons vs. Magic;
And in Orlando, the Magic remained unbeaten under interim head coach Richie
Adubato beating the Pistons 93-to-84.
Penny Hardaway scored a game high 29 to lead the Magic.
If you've ever gotten in a tight spot and had trouble getting out.. you may
understand how a pair of eagles felt.
VO-NAT 04:36:58, 05:13:05, 06:09:20
Two bald eagles were evidently fighting when they got wedged between tree
There was little rescuers could do, but the eagles did finally manage to