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A look back at the Wesley Earnest trial

Wesley Earnest found guilty, Jury recommends life

NEWS
Tim Saunders and Lynchburg Bureau Chief | December 4, 2012
Wesley Earnest will get a new trial.  The former school teacher and administrator found out Monday morning that his April murder conviction is being thrown out. Earnest is accused of killing his estranged wife, Jocelyn, back in 2007.  Judge Jim Updike denied bond, saying that Earnest is a substantially greater flight risk than he was before he went on trial.  That ruling came after Updike decided to set aside Earnest's April 5th murder conviction. ...
HEALTH
Rod Belcher | August 24, 2012
Dr. Burton agrees that cost issues are a major difference between ER treatment and urgent care options. “There is a substantial price difference, but it depends upon the medical problem and what level of treatment is required before you can make that comparison,” Dr. Burton says. “In general, urgent care charges are less. The ER is equipped to handle much more complicated, costly interventions.” There are other reasons visiting an emergency room for a relatively minor situation may cost you significantly more than visiting your primary care physician or an urgent care facility.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff | April 15, 2013
Neil MacInnis, the teenager accused of opening fire Friday at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg, was taken into custody with a 12-gauge shotgun that he legally purchased two days before the shooting, investigators say. MacInnis wounded two women inside New River Community College's satellite campus, which is inside the mall. MacInnis' shotgun was bought legally on Wednesday from a licensed dealer in the New River Valley. Nine spent shell casings were recovered inside New River Community College.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff | April 23, 2012
We're learning more details about a hiker found murdered along the Appalachian Trial in Amherst County last June. At a news conference in Amherst Monday, FBI Investigators revealed that Scott Lilly was suffocated.  They're not saying whether Lilly was choked or strangled, but they did reveal that Lilly's body was partially buried after he was killed. The FBI, U.S. Attorney's Office, National Park Service, and U.S. Department of Forestry were all at the news conference Monday at the Amherst County Sheriff's Office.
HEALTH
Jean Jadhon and WDBJ-TV Anchor/Reporter | March 5, 2013
When you think of allergies you probably think of sneezing and wheezing, but there's another type of allergy that's relatively new. It can make it painful to swallow. This allergy can affect your esophagus which is the tube that transports food to the stomach. The allergic reaction is called eosinophilic esophagitis, a type of white blood cell (eosinophil) builds up in the tube that connects your mouth to your stomach (esophagus) as a reaction to foods, allergens or acid reflux, according to the Mayo Clinic website.
NEWS
David Kaplan/WDBJ7 Web Staff | September 18, 2012
Bath County investigators confirmed late Tuesday afternoong that a body found Sept. 2 is Beacher Hackney. He was the prime suspect in the killings of two of his co-workers at The Homestead resort in March 2009. Hackney's body was found about seven miles from The Homestead, near the Lower Cascades Golf Course. Hackney's remains were found after two people found a jacket in the brush. A Ziploc baggie full of ammunition was found inside the jacket. "They also found a badly-rusted .380 semi-automatic handgun and a man's watch on the ground nearby," Bath County Sheriff Robert Plecker said.
WEATHER
January 2, 2013
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NEWS
Dan Dennison and WDBJ7 News Director | November 2, 2012
Our next story is one that shows the depth and strength of the human spirit. If you're a moviegoer or a reader, you may already know the story of Aron Ralston; the Colorado man who cut his own arm off after being trapped in a slot canyon nearly a decade ago. Ralston spoke at Washington and Lee University Thursday night. Actor James Franco portrayed Ralston in last year's movie “127 Hours.” "One apology, sorry to those of you who were hoping I might look a little more like James Franco,” Ralston told the crowd.
NEWS
Orlando Salinas and WDBJ7 Reporter | February 4, 2013
It's an alarming problem across the country and it is killing people every day. The Centers for Disease Control reports that in 2010, more than 12 million people, adults and children, used prescription pain pills without a prescription. Here's the truth, hardcore prescription pain pills are easy to get all over Southwest Virginia. Police are trying to slow it down but it's not a fight to be won anytime soon. Let's talk about a town just two hours from Montgomery County. Lebanon, Virginia, is near the Tennessee-Virginia border.
NEWS
April 27, 2012
E-Mail Melissa Follow Melissa on Facebook Melissa Gaona is a Multimedia Journalist for WDBJ7.  She appears on WDBJ7 Mornin' as a reporter. Melissa joined Your Hometown News Leader in June 2011. Melissa was born and raised in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and yes she is a Cowboys fan. After high school, Melissa joined the United States Army.  She served active duty and worked on diesel engines. Melissa says the experience made her appreciate the small things in life.
NEWS
March 15, 2010
"Some of the most heinous crimes the court has ever seen," that's how a Wythe County Circuit Court judge characterized Douglas Jaccard's shooting rampage in 2008. The judge handed down a maximum sentence of five life-terms plus 48 years. "You can see I've got his picture on, he's always smiling. I wear this for his nine kids. Six of them called him Joe-Joe, the other was Dad," said Conley Hicks, Joe Bane's brother-in-law.  Memories of Bane's smile brought his family some peace.
NEWS
May 21, 2010
E-mail Jean Follow Jean on Facebook Follow Jean on Twitter Jean Jadhon is Co-Anchor of WDBJ7 at Six, Anchor of WDBJ7 at 5, and a reporter. Jean began at  WDBJ7 as anchor of News 7 at Eleven .  One year later, she helped inaugurate News 7 at Five.  In 2005 Jean took over the duties as co-anchor of the staion's flagship 6 p.m. newscast. Jean spends mornings reporting stories in the field and afternoons working on News 7 at Five and News 7 at Six. Jean is a native of central New York State and started her career as a  reporter in Binghamton, New York, before heading to Syracuse, New York, as a reporter  for the ABC affiliate there.  Jean's work then brought her to the Gulf Coast of Florida where she anchored the weekday 10 o'clock news in the Fort Myers-Naples market.
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