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Wesley Earnest found guilty, Jury recommends life

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WDBJ7 Web Staff | August 20, 2012
The Pulaski County Sheriff's Office is investigating a report of an attempted abduction of an 8-year-old child. The incident happened Sunday afternoon in the Highland Road/Ruebush Road part of Pulaski County. That's in the Dublin area. An 8-year-old boy told police that he was playing in the yard when a small green car pulled up and ordered the child to get into the vehicle. The boy refused to get in, and ran toward his home screaming. The child told police the man driving the car had on a ski mask and a red ball cap. The man never got out of the vehicle, and when the child ran away, the man sped off. Another adult saw the vehicle driving away at a high rate of speed.
NEWS
Karen Kiley and Reporter | October 10, 2011
Planes and helicopters are routinely used in law enforcement, but Virginia Tech's Police Department is putting something a bit different up in the sky. It's not your typical police vehicle. “It's almost like being in a balloon,” said pilot Kevin Kochersberger.  “It's very slow and peaceful.” It's called a powered parachute.  It looks similar to a dune-buggy, with an open seat and a small motor, except there is a parachute strapped on the back to make it fly. “It's fun, without a doubt,” said pilot Kenny Smith.
NEWS
Meteorologist Brent Watts | March 1, 2013
You've probably heard the phrase "in like a lion, out like a lamb," when talking about the weather during the month of March. This question you might be asking is, where did the phrase come from? While many sayings are based on observation and are accurate, others are from beliefs of those who came before us. This proverb has many stories to it. WEATHER CONNECTION March is such a changeable month in which we can see warm, spring-like days, or late season blizzards, it's easy to see how the saying might hold true.
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
Tim Saunders and WDBJ Staff | December 4, 2012
The jury is now deliberating the case.  --------------- Closing arguments are now underway in the Wesley Earnest case. DAY NINE: November 19, 2010 Testimony ended Friday morning with the conclusion of the defense case and a surprising revelation from Earnest, who claims he entered his wife's house before her death without her permission. The admission came as Earnest re-took the stand for cross-examination.  Prosecutors asked Earnest about a time in 2006 when he entered Jocelyn Earnest's Pine Bluff home uninvited.  Wesley admitted to climbing in through a window.  At this point, Jocelyn had changed the locks on her home and Wesley was unable to gain entry through a doorway.  While in the home, prosecutors asked Earnest if he wrote on a "timeline," to which Earnest did not recall.
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
May 18, 2010
UPDATED: Wednesday, 5:30p.m. How far is too far to go to make an arrest? It's a question many of you have asked News7 since Tuesday night when we told you about an undercover sting operation in Salem. A woman was arrested last week for prostitution at the "K-nail and hair salon" on West Main street. According to a search warrant - a sworn court document - the woman removed the uncover officer's underwear and started to perform a sex act on him before she was arrested.
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)
WEATHER
Meteorologist Brent Watts | March 13, 2012
March 13-14th, 1993, the region saw one of the largest March snowfalls in recorded history. The weather predictions grew from 6 to 12 inches early in the week,  to 1 to 2 feet just before the snow began on Friday and continued through Sunday. On top of the extreme snow, strong winds were expected to top 50 mph during the second half of the storm, creating the blizzard conditions across much of the east coast. One national forecaster commented, "this is like a hurricane, with snow.
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.
NEWS
June 14, 2011
Henry County's school superintendent is headed to North Carolina. Dr. Anthony Jackson is leaving Henry County to be a school superintendent at a school system in North Carolina.  He served as superintendent of Henry County schools since the summer of 2009.  The school system says he's leaving that position for the new one at the end of July. The school board will meet on June 20 at 9 a.m. to discuss filling the superintendent position. Here is the full news release: Henry County Public Schools Superintendent Accepts Position in North Carolina Henry County Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Anthony Jackson, notified the School Board and staff Tuesday that he is leaving at the end of July.
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.
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