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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
Holly Pietrzak and New River Valley Newsroom Chief | October 29, 2010
The ghost stories of the three sisters in black have hung around Christiansburg for more than a century now.     The trio was known for their dark attire.     Mary Snead, Caroline Martin and Virginia Wardlaw were educators who ran the old Montgomery Female Academy in the early 1900's.     The old building is gone....in its place now the Old Christiansburg Middle School - currently housing Blacksburg Middle School students.     The women were notorious for killing off relatives for insurance money.
WEATHER
Meteorologist Brent Watts | July 11, 2012
You bought a generator during the recent power outage. The power is back on, so now what do you do with it? "It's mainly with first-time generator owners," says Steve Wirt , a technician at Outdoor Power Equipment in Roanoke, Virginia. "If you make the mistake once, you won't do it again. " Here's a few tips that will keep your generator running when you need it the most. MISTAKE #1 |  NOT ENOUGH POWER When looking to purchase a generator, most will make a decision based on the wallet, rather than what they need to run.  A small generator of about 3,000 watts can run a few lights, fans and a refrigerator.
NEWS
Justin McLeod and Reporter | June 30, 2011
For the first time in five years, there will be fireworks on July 4th at the Salem Fair. The Salem Fair had to stop doing fireworks after an office complex opened across the street from the Salem Civic Center.  They couldn't be done anymore because of safety reasons. City leaders kept getting complaints there were no longer fireworks.  City Council has decided to stage a fireworks show near the Salem Fair.   This is something that our Council members have wanted to do for our citizens for several years, says City Manager Kevin Boggess.
NEWS
Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | June 22, 2011
Amherst County deputies have arrested two Lynchburg area teens, accused of trying to break-in a house early Wednesday. A resident of Winesap Road in Amherst County called 911 after seeing what looked like burglars breaking into a neighbor's home. Deputies drove to the street and found two men running from the house in question.  Colby Ray Byers of Lynchburg and Jesse Thomas Garbee of Rustburg, both 20-years-old, were arrested and charged with attempted burglary. Investigators believe Byers was about to break-in the house when deputies showed up.  They say Garbee was waiting in a car to pick up Byers after the heist.
NEWS
Jean Jadhon and WDBJ-TV Anchor/Reporter | April 6, 2011
One local bride won't just take steps to the altar this Saturday, but she'll also take steps earlier in the day that are a start to her whole new life. Hunter Flannagan's ready for her wedding all the way down to the bottom of her shoes which have stickers with the words "I" and "do" pasted on .  After all this wedding was supposed to happen months ago. " We had an original wedding date of September 25th," Hunter Flannagan explained.  " And we postponed it due to my chemo(therapy)
NEWS
Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | July 18, 2011
PART 2 It's something no one has seen in a generation; the old bridge that crossed the Roanoke River, before the river became part of Smith Mountain Lake. But it's getting bleak on the surface of Smith Mountain Lake. The team from the lake's Marine Fire and Rescue has searched for nearly two hours for the old Halesford bridge. “Look, we know it's laying this way,” says chief Jack Gautier, motioning with his hands where he think the bridge lies. “But we don't know if were on top of it or if it's [on the north or south side of marker buoys.]
NEWS
November 15, 2011
There are thousands of people who donate money to Virginia Tech, especially their football program. But one of the most loyal and well known boosters is Wes Worsham, and it's hard to decide what's more recognizable - his pants or his name.  But what is clear is that Worsham has become a staple on the Hokie sideline. “It's unbelievable,” Worsham said.  “I thoroughly enjoy it.  It looks like the last few years people seem to know me and they didn't at first.” But as much as people see his name at Lane Stadium, not many people know how his love for Tech came to be.  It all started when he was in the service and a friend of his, who was from Blacksburg, didn't make it back from Korea.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff | January 29, 2013
The Hooters restaurant in Roanoke has closed its doors. The Williamson Road restaurant, which is owned by a Richmond businessman, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in November. A notice posted on the restaurant door indicates that the tenant defaulted on its loans. The notice reads that the “premises are now under the control of the Landlord, Spirit Master Funding, LLC. Because of lease defaults, the Tenant has no right to possession of these premises or any furniture, fixtures, or equipment located at the premises, but remains liable for outstanding amounts payable, future charges, and damages under the Lease with the Landlord.
WEATHER
January 2, 2013
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NEWS
Bryce Williams and Reporter | September 15, 2012
The streets of downtown Roanoke were filled today for the annual Henry Street Heritage Festival. It's a celebration of African-American culture and pride.  It's also a chance to learn about the history of Roanoke.   We filmed Tyler James, a contestant who took part in the “Roanoke's Got Talent Competition”. Spectator Nena Smith said she enjoyed the entertainment. “I look forward to the singing and dancing and just the venues the different people who come out to express themselves,” she said.
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