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A look back at the Wesley Earnest trial

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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.]
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Meteorologist Brent Watts | June 27, 2012
A person's backyard temperature may be significantly different from that reported through the television weathercast. Here's a few reason's why. WHERE IS THE TEMPERATURE DATA COMING FROM? When you hear the high temperature of the day from your local TV meteorologist, that information came from an Automated Surface Observing Systems (ASOS) machine from your local airport. ASOS is installed at more than 900 airports across the country, where they make observations. Federally funded, ASOS is a joint program of the National Weather Service, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the Department of Defense.
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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.
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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. ...
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | September 19, 2012
You've been sending us your photos of acorns, and lots of them. Most come with the question: Do more acorns mean a harsh winter? So is this fact or folklore? There's always at least a little bit of truth behind some of the folklore. We've found it realy just depends on who you ask.    Long before the days of doppler radar, native Americans used the acorn crop to predict harsh or mild winters.The thought is that trees can foresee or "predict" the weather for the upcoming winter and provide enough nuts and acorns for all the animals to last them through the cold months.
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News 7 Web Staff | February 7, 2011
Tony Anderson's wife, Paula, seems to be doing better. Roanoke Carilion Hospital now says she's in "good" condition. That's an improvement from Sunday night, when she was listed as "fair. " The couple ran into a tree outside their home in Hunting Hills early Saturday night.  Tony Anderson was charged with driving under the influence. He's one of the most prominent criminal defense attorneys in the area.  Anderson represented Tracie Nininger at her drunk-driving trial, and has defended a lot of high-profile defendants.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Joe Dashiell and Reporter | May 22, 2012
On a hillside near New Castle, a granite headstone carries Gene McPherson's name, but there's something missing from the memorial Paul McPherson placed there. There is no casket in the soil below. "It's my job as his son, to never let anybody forget about Dad," Paul McPherson told us, "until I have my dad back in one way shape or form. " Gene McPherson disappeared on May 23, 1987.  His pickup was found a few days later, abandoned at a rest area on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County.  His wallet turned up in September, but the trail was cold, until a career criminal named John Colclasure told investigators he was involved.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff/Orlando Salinas | June 27, 2012
The swimming beach at Claytor Lake State Park in Dublin will reopen Wednesday following a drowning Monday. The beach will reopen at its normal time at 10 a.m., and will stay open until 6 p.m. A 20-year-old male drowned Monday and another man had to be rescued by lifeguards. ------------------------- If you tried to go swimming at the beach at Claytor Lake in Pulaski County on Tuesday, you know it was closed. People had been showing up all day. Most had no idea that a young man drowned there 26 hours ago. The only people enjoying the water at Claytor Lake on Tuesday, were in boats, far off shore.
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Justin McLeod and WDBJ7 Reporter | July 12, 2012
An ex-porn star is starting her life over on a local rescue squad. It's generating plenty of controversy, but county leaders aren't happy about it and can't do much about it. Harmony Rose is a volunteer at the Cave Spring Rescue Squad. The 29-year-old apparently left the porn industry within the last two years and is now an EMT with the Cave Spring Rescue Squad. A source tells WDBJ7 she passed a criminal background check and has been working at the squad for the last several months.
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