An alleged shoplifter is dead after fighting for a Danville police officer's
but state police say this was not the man's first run-in with the law.
Piedmont Mall security arrested a man for shoplifting at Belk Department
Store yesterday afternoon.
The man then shoved a police officer and ran ...
A second officer confronted the man in a Schewel's parking lot and ordered
him to stop.
IN Q=The suspect
((LT. JIM RUHLAND/STATE POLICE: THE SUSPECT CONTINUED TO FLEE AND THE SECOND
OFFICER FOLLOWED HIM AND CAUGHT HIM IN AN AREA OF UNDERGROWTH. IMMEDIATELY A
SUPER=01-Lt. Jim Ruhland/Virginia State Police;
OUT Q=a struggle ensued
Police say the man took the officer's pepper mace and sprayed him in the
He then tried to take the officer's gun but it went off, firing a fatal
bullet into the man's chest.
Police do not yet know the victim's true name and have not notified his
They say he was arrested on a felony charge within the last two weeks, but
he gave a different name then.
IN Q=An autopsy
((AN AUTOPSY WILL MOST LIKELY BE PERFORMED TODAY. THE OFFICER WILL BE ON
ADMINISTRATIVE LEAVE IN ACCORDANCE WITH DANVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT POLICY. ))
OUT Q=department policy
Police will NOT release the officer's name.
Meanwhile, the autopsy report is expected to be ready early this afternoon.
A crying baby led Danville police to the discovery of the child's dead
parents, both had been shot in the head.
The bodies of 22- year- old Joyce Fitzgerald Abel, and her 29- year- old
husband, James Douglas Abel, were found in their Purdam Woods apartment
Police think it may have been murder-suicide.
A neighbor called police to report a child crying in the Abel apartment.
Other neighbors say they never knew the Abels, who mostly stayed to
The baby was not injured.
Police say relatives are taking care of the child.
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Also in Danville,
An 18- year- old man already charged with killing a 33- year- old Danville
man is now facing two additional murder charges.
Percy Lavar Walton is now accused of robbing and killing Jessie and
Elizabeth Kendrick Thanksgiving day.
Walton is currently in jail for allegedly killing Archie Moore the same
Police say they waited nine months to charge Walton with the Kendrick
murders because they needed more evidence.
All three murders are capital offenses.
From Florida, some stunning video of gang members beating recruits.
The video led to a raid in West Dade County putting many members of the
international Posse Gang behind bars.
Aleen Sirgany has the story including a first hand account from a former
SUPER=01-Chico/Former Gang Member; :00
SUPER=03-West Dade Co., FL; :10
SUPER=04-Metro-Dade Police Surveillance; :21
SUPER=01-Aleen Sirgany/Reporting; :48
OUT Q=For CBS News.
They are described by police as 18 of the most ruthless gang members in
South Florida--members of the 'international posse'-- the largest gang in West
Eighteen of them were arrested early Thursday morning in a sweep called
Operation Pit Bull...and charged with everything from car jacking, to
drug possession, vandalism and street terrorism...
Police surveillance cameras caught some of their action.
Police believe there are more than a hundred gang members. Aleen Sirgany
for CBS News.))
Meantime, a similar incident of an alleged gang initiation is being
investigated in Bedford County.
While Sheriff's officials call it gang activity the suspects involved claim
they were merely play wrestling.
Nineteen- year- old Jerry Beckner and another teen were arrested Tuesday
morning in Bedford County on malicious wounding charges.
Beckner says they were just horsing around.
IN Q=We was just
((JERRY BECKNER:WE WAS JUST ALL WRESTLING, JUST HORSEPLAYING, GETTING EACH
OTHER IN A HEADLOCK AND STUFF LIKE THAT. JUST ROLLING AROUND ON THE GROUND
OUT Q=ground, basically.
Beckner's mother says her son is not in a gang.
She says she's never even seen any evidence of gang activity in Roanoke.
IN Q=Only time I hear
((LEANN BOOTH:ONLY TIME I HEAR ANYTHING ABOUT A GANG IS WHEN I READ IT IN THE
PAPER ABOUT SOME BIG CITIES OR SOMETHING BUT I HEARD JERRY TALK NOTHING ABOUT
NO GANGS NOTHING LIKE THAT))
SUPER=01-Leann Booth/Jerry Beckner's Mother;
OUT Q=nothing like that.
Beckner's mother says he has attention deficit disorder and is heavily
involved in sports as a energy release.
She says the wrestling with the other men was merely for sport.
Mitsubishi Motors has reached a settlement with 27 women who say they were
sexually harassed at a plant in Illinois.
The woman sued the company in 19-94 saying managers at the factory allowed
them to be propositioned, groped and insulted.
A source says Mitsubishi will pay the women nine and-a- half million dollars.
((PATRICIA BENASSI/PLAINTIFF'S ATTORNEY
THIS LAWSUIT BROUGHT TO THE FOREFRONT CERTAIN PROBLEMS, I GIVE CREDIT TO BOTH
MITSUBISHI AND TO THE PLAINTIFFS THAT THEY ADDRESS SOME SERIOUS PROBLEMS AND
THAT THEY WERE ABLE TO RESOLVE IT. ))
SUPER=01-Patricia Benassi/Plaintiff's Attorney;
OUT Q=they were able to resolve it.
The company still faces a much larger FEDERAL discrimination suit.
Navy experts plan to resume their search today of lakes in the area where
an Air Force jet crashed in April.
They are hoping to find four 500 bombs that have been missing since an
Arizona pilot took a fatal joy ride with an A-10 attack plane.
The plane's wreckage was found, but not the bombs.
Yesterday's search was delayed by a temperamental boat engine.
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Several thousand people marched over the Brooklyn Bridge to New York City
hall this morning to protest police brutality.
SUPER=05-New York, NY;
SUPER=03-New York, NY;
Organizers call the demonstration a cry for justice, following the alleged
police torture of a Haitian immigrant.
Abner Loima (loo-ee'-mah) has been hospitalized since August 9th when
officers allegedly sodomized him with a wooden stick in a Brooklyn police
Louima (loo-ee'-mah) underwent a second surgery overnight and his condition
has been downgraded to critical.
A construction accident at the site of the Colonial Downs Race track killed
one man yesterday.
A dump truck carrying asphalt backed over the construction worker.
SUPER=03-New Kent Co./Wednesday;
Virginia's first parimutuel horse track is under the gun to run its first
races on Monday -- the day mandated by the General Assembly.
Workers have been going in shifts around the clock for the past few weeks
to get the 58- million dollar facility ready.
But investigators say the strenuous schedule was not a factor in this
IN Q=they were trying
((S.W. HOWARD/NEW KENT CO. SHERIFF: THEY WERE TRYING TO GET THE ROAD IN HERE,
WE COULDN'T SEE ANY NEGLIGENCE ON ANYONE'S PART, NO NEGLIGENCE AT ALL.))
SUPER=01-S.W. Howard/New Kent Co. Sheriff;
OUT Q=negligence at all
Local and state police, along with the state Department of Labor and
Industry are investigating the accident.
Martinsville convicts are on the move...
They will move from the old, cramped and rusted jail cells, to spacious new
dorm rooms... in an annex built onto the Martinsville Jail.
Sixteen inmates live together with a television, air conditioning and plenty
of room to socialize.
IN Q=You can get
((TROY BARKSDALE/INMATE: YOU CAN GET EXERCISE, AND OVER THERE YOU COULDN'T.
DIDN'T HAVE MUCH EXERCISE, NOTHING BUT PLAYING CARDS AND STUFF LIKE THAT. WE
HAVE AN EXERCISE MACHINE HERE AND TABLES TO PLAY GAMES, AND IT WILL BE A LOT
OUT Q=a lot better
Guards watch inmates 24 hours a day from this central control panel...
This allows convicts to walk by themselves to G-E-D classes, Bible study or
Only people with less serious charges, such as shoplifting, enjoy this
Guards say breaking the rules, results in a one-way ticket back to the old
And a new jail in our area will be headed up by a familiar face.
Ralph Dobbins is stepping down after seven years as Pulaski County Sheriff.
Dobbins has accepted a position as Superintendent of the New River Valley
Regional Jail that's being built in Dublin.
Dobbins, who says he's honored by the offer, expects to remain Sheriff until
at least the end of September.
Circuit Judge Colin Gibb will appoint a new sheriff once Dobbins leaves.
GRAPHIC=back to school
Some Franklin County parents say one of their school buses is traveling down
a dangerous road.
Bus 107 makes several stops along route 1-22 and concerned citizens say one
of the pick up sites is treacherous for children.
The Franklin County Bus Transportation office, as of this morning, has moved
the stop to a safer area across the street.
The bus picks up three students near Hardy Road.
Parents say they're worried about the safety of all the children on the bus
after a near accident earlier this week.
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GRAPHIC=back to school
From pre-school on...the first day of school can be a momentous day.
Back to school can mean new books, new clothes and homework, but it can also
mean stress for some parents and students.
Stacey Martin has more.
SUPER=01-Judy Conley/Great Beginnings Teacher; :12
SUPER=01-Beverly Fitz/Great Beginnings Teacher; :56
SUPER=01-Glenna Dunn/Great Beginnings Owner; 1:22
OUT Q=NEWS-7 SALEM
(( This is day-one --the first day of pre-school for many toddlers and
infants at Great Beginnings.
It's a pattern they'll get used to, but for now it's a new and big change
from their normal routine.
SOT 14.45.03 - 14.45.25
IN Q=It's really hard
((JUDY CONLEY/GREAT BEGINNINGS TEACHER: IT'S REALLY HARD IF THEY HAVEN'T BEEN
IN DAY CARE BEFORE TO BRING THEM. IT IS. IT'S A BID ADJUSTMENT. AND, IT'S
REALLY HARD IF THEY HAVEN'T BEEN TO DAY CARE BEFORE. THEY MAY SEEM--THEY MAY
CRY OR WHATEVER AND IT MAY BE VERY HARD FOR THEM IF THEY HAVEN'T BEEN IN IT
BEFORE, BECAUSE IT IS AN ALTOGETHER DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENT.))
OUT Q=altogether different environment.
Teachers say this period of adjustment normally lasts one to 14 days and is
usually difficult for children and parents.
Adults often feel guilty about not being able to spend time with their
children as they once had --usually due to work demands.
And, many have concerns about the type of care their child will
receive--concerns workers here say are common.
SOT 14.22.47 - 14.22.58
IN Q=We say okay
((BEVERLY FITZ/GREAT BEGINNINGS TEACHER: WE SAY OKAY, MOM. I KNOW IT'S HARD
FOR YOU, YOUR BABY'S OKAY. WE'RE GOING TO TAKE GOOD CARE OF THEM. IF YOU'D
JUST LIKE TO LOOK THROUGH THE WINDOW THAT'S FINE.))
OUT Q=window that's fine.
Teachers remind parents every child is different--some youngsters will cry
from the beginning, while others blend in quickly.
But, they warn there's always the exception-- a child who finds making the
adjustment a little too much to handle.
That was the case with Sarah. (/////SOT/////)
SOT 15.00.32 - 15.00.48
IN Q=Fortunately this child
((GLENNA DUNN/GREAT BEGINNINGS OWNER: FORTUNATELY THIS CHILD NOW, IN FACT
SHE'S IN THIS ROOM RIGHT NOW. AND, SHE'S VERY, VERY HAPPY RIGHT NOW BUT IT WAS
VERY DIFFICULT FOR US TO SEE A CHILD HAVE THAT KIND OF ADJUSTMENT PERIOD AND
IT'S DIFFICULT FOR A PARENT BECAUSE THEY;RE ALREADY FEELING GUILTY ABOUT
LEAVING THEIR CHILDREN IN DAY-CARE.))
OUT Q=children in day-care.
Stacey Martin, News 7, Salem.))
A unique vehicle is on display at the Virginia Museum of Transportation.
It's a converted personnel carrier, used to transport valuable items.
This vehicle carried Virginia's original copy of the Bill of Rights on tour
six years ago.
It weighs 15-thousand pounds, and has bulletproof tires.
It cost 250-thousand dollarsn to build.
A rare but very nasty disease is affecting tomatoes as we near the end of
the growing season.
Here's more on Bacterial Chancre, today on Growin' It.
IN Q=Cherry tomatoes
SUPER=01-Mary Ann Hansen/Plant Pathologist; :25
OUT Q=typical of bacterial chancre.
WIPE TO WEATHER VIDEO
Patrick mic hot
Patrick reads weather stats
SUPER=330-Clear/& Cool/54-58/Sunny/& Pleasant/82-85;
SUPER=331-Clear/& Cool/58-62/Sunny/& Pleasant/85-88;
SUPER=332-Clear/& Cool/50-54/Sunny/& Pleasant/80-83;
SUPER=333-Clear/& Cool/51-55/Sunny/& Pleasant/78-82;
SUPER=334-Clear/& Cool/49-52/Sunny/& Pleasant/77-81;
The merger mania may not be over for some of the largest banks in our area.
The New York Times says Barnett Bank of Florida is putting itself up for
According to the newspaper, three North Carolina banks, Nationsbank,
Wachovia, and First Union, are in the hunt.
Barnett declined to comment.
Currently, both First Union and Wachovia both major mergers in the works
with some Virginia banks.
Chip Sullivan had one of the best opening rounds of his P-G-A career
He shot a two under 69 during the first round of the Greater Milwaukee Open
in Brown Deer, Wisconsin.
Chip is just three shots off the lead of 5 under par that is shared by five
players including Lennie Clements and Fred Funk.
The high school football season officially got under way in the Hill City
last night with a cross town clash between Heritage and EC Glass.
SUPER=03-Lynchburg/Pioneers vs. Hilltoppers;
Bo Henson watched his troops fall behind thanks to a turnover that Pem
Apperson's club was able to take advantage of.
Brian Horsley got the Toppers on the board with this run into the zone from
a couple yards out, but the PAT failed and Glass trailed 7-6 at the break.
A Heritage turnover early in the 3rd led to the next Glass score. It was
Horsley again doing the honors for a 14-7 lead after the 2 point conversion.
The Pioneers could muster no offense late in the game, allowing
Horsley to complete the trifecta with this burst up the middle, and Glass wins
its 9th straight over Heritage 21 to 7.
Many of the area's other teams open their seasons tonight.
Here's a look at the 14 games out Friday Football Extra crews will be
covering for you on opening night.
IN Q=MUSIC FULL
OUT Q=...LOGO COMES FULL
(YOU FADE THE MUSIC)
The U-S Open continues today as Second-seeds Michael Chang and Monica Seles
take to the court.
Chang will face fellow American Jeff Salzenstein after Seles battles
Miriam Oremans (OHR'-eh-mahnz).
A boy from Ohio now has a little piece of history in his photo album.
SUPER=03-Los Angeles, CA;
It happened when he and his grandfather had a chance encounter with former
President Ronald Reagan in a Los Angeles park this week.
The former chief executive chatted briefly with them and agreed to pose for
pictures on a park bench with 12- year- old Rostik Denneburg.
President Reagan has rarely been seen in public since it was announced he
had Alzheimer's disease.