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A look back at the Wesley Earnest trial

Wesley Earnest found guilty, Jury recommends life

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
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
March 22, 2010
News7's Tim Saunders is in the courtroom in Bedford.  He'll be posting updates throughout the trial. DAY TEN - April 5 UPDATED: 4:54 p.m. Wesley Earnest's mother nearly collapses after hearing her son's verdict. "I feel that the jury did what they thought that they needed to do, but I think it was done on speculation and distortion of the facts. My son is innocent. I believe that in my heart. I love Jocelyn, but my son did not murder this woman," said Patricia Wimmer, Wesley Earnest's mother.
NEWS
Jean Jadhon | May 23, 2012
Liberace, Rock Hudson, and Ryan White are three names associated with AIDS. Since the 1980's, 600,000 people have died of AIDS, but you don't hear much about it these days. The scary reality is that there is no cure and the number of new HIV cases is rising in Southwest Virginia. "You don't see the faces of people who are gone and look very ill on television anymore. You don't hear a lot about it," said Elaine Martin, the HIV Prevention Director with the Virginia Department of Health.
NEWS
Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | February 12, 2013
The clues are everywhere in this cold case. Virginia Welch disappeared in 1982. Her family says she was into biker gangs and drugs. She said she was in too deep and wanted to tell her family, but didn't. Then she left without a trace. Everyone suspects the worst. Roanoke Police still are searching more than thirty years later, hopeful Virginia will be found. Rosie Welch has always wanted to know what was so dark around her daughter Virginia's life that she couldn't tell her mother.
NEWS
Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | October 18, 2012
One day in the late 1970's two young girls vanished from school. No sightings, few leads,they're just gone. It's one of the oldest cold cases in the Roanoke Police files. They think they have their man and they believe the girls were murdered. The prime suspect was a convicted killer, but he took any clues to his execution. Those clues might just be buried in rural Bedford County. ***************** "I've come up with a hypothesis of my own," claims Linda Owens. She says a small parcel of land in Bedford County holds the bodies of her kid sister and one of her friends.
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
WDBJ7 Web Staff | August 16, 2012
As of 3 p.m., Interstate 77 North in Wythe County near mile marker 25 is still closed. ------------- A tractor-trailer accident has closed part of Interstate 77 North in Wythe County. The accident is near mile marker 25. Traffic is being re-routed off Interstate 77 at Exit 24. One tractor-trailer caught on fire. The Virginia Department of Transportation says drivers headed north on I-77 should plan alternate routes, if possible. VDOT says delays may be lengthy in that area.
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.
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.
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
WDBJ7 Web Staff/Joe Dashiell | May 24, 2013
Developers say a new project in the city of Roanoke will transform a 22-acre site between Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital and downtown. Friday morning, they came together with community leaders to break ground on "The Bridges. " The first phase includes new housing and offices near the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, a restaurant in the old stable that's still standing on the property and a river walk along the Roanoke River. Jason Vickers-Smith is a Richmond-based developer.
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