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Heather Butterworth and WDBJ7 Digital Intern | May 30, 2012
If you haven't already paid your personal property taxes in Roanoke City or Roanoke County, Thursday is the last day to do it. The deadline is 5 p.m. Thursday. ROANOKE CITY You can pay in person in Roanoke City at the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building at 215 Church Ave., Room 254. If you'd rather mail the payment, the address is P.O. Box 1451, Roanoke, VA 24007. To pay with a credit card, call 1-800-272-9829. You can also pay by e-check here . Drop boxes are set up at three locations: Church Ave. in front of the Municipal Building; Jackson Park Library, 1101 Morningside St.; Williamson Road Library, 3837 Williamson Road.
NEWS
Joe Dashiell and Reporter | March 20, 2013
March 25th update: The search for potential bone marrow donors in Roanoke was a success. 273 people signed up and provided cheek swabs for the national bone marrow registry during events last week. The Jefferson Center coordinated the effort, with a donor drive that was linked to the special concert Friday night.  The performance honored jazz great Michael Brecker who died from Leukemia in 2007. ----------------------------- Dylan Locke is the Artistic Director of the Jefferson Center.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | February 7, 2012
Two brothers charged in connection to the deaths of two women have been indicted by a North Carolina grand jury. John Willis, 21, and his brother Aaron Willis, 16, were indicted Monday on charges related to the murders of Jessica Walker and Taylor Queen. John Willis was indicted on charges for first-degree murder of Taylor Queen, first-degree murder of Jessica Walker, and two counts of concealment of death/disturbing human remains. Walker had ties to the Danville area. Aaron Willis was indicted on two accessory after the fact charges related to the murders.
NEWS
Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | February 17, 2012
A Bedford County woman learned her punishment Friday for the beating death of her elderly boyfriend. Kristina Pongracz was sentenced to 15 years in prison.  She was found guilty last year of second degree murder for the death of William Herchenrider in May of 2010.  He was 77 when the crime happened, she was 28. "It haunts me what happened that night," said Pongracz, during a hearing Friday in which she testified on her own behalf. "I never intended for this to happen," Pongracz said.  "I loved Bill very much.  We were a family.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Staff Writer/Chris Hurst | May 9, 2013
Outside the court house, former Virginia State Police Sergeant Matthew Brannock said he is satisfied with the ruling handed down to Jonathan Agee on Wednesday. Agee was sentenced to serve three life sentences in prison for killing his ex-wife, and then getting into a shootout with state police. Matthew Brannock is the former Virginia State Police Sergeant who was shot and wounded by Jonathan Agee on Interstate 81 in Montgomery County. "I think it would be hasty for me to celebrate the victory as this may be classified as. Many lives have been changed and Mr. Agee's family will suffer tremendously as a part of this too," Brannock said.
NEWS
Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | September 12, 2011
The pastor of a Roanoke church is going to prison. Reverend Joseph Mayo pled guilty to not paying more than a half million dollars in taxes and illegally taking a hundred thousand dollars in Social Security benefits. He's pastor of Paradise Cathedral. Mayo will spend eight months in prison, but was placed in a medical facility because of diabetes and back problems. Mayo and his wife have another federal case pending where two employees of a company he co-owned allege they were denied overtime benefits.
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
June 7, 2010
UPDATED: WEDNESDAY 3:18 p.m. Roanoke County Police have released the name of the woman murdered by her boyfriend earlier this week. Officers say Diamond Underwood died at the hands of 30-year-old Kenny Whitt. The 33-year-old mother was shot to death. Her body was found in a parking area off Route 220 across from the new Walmart Monday morning. Police have confirmed her killer, came from a troubled past. Whitt's mother, Nellie Sue was sentenced to 40 years in prison for running over and killing her boyfriend in order to cash in on a $100,000 insurance policy.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff | February 20, 2012
A Gretna man was killed Sunday night in an accident in Pittsylvania County. Virginia State Police did not say whether or not the accident was weather-related or not. 52-year-old Curtis Birchfield died when his pick-up truck overturned on Route 640, about a mile north of Route 685. Birchfield was not wearing a seat belt. Here is the news release from Virginia State Police: The Virginia State Police are continuing their investigation into a fatal crash that occurred on Route 640 one mile north of Route 685 shortly after 5:30 pm on Sunday.
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.
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
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.
NEWS
Holly Pietrzak and New River Valley Newsroom Chief | December 20, 2010
Three Virginia Tech students face felony charges for allegedly breaking into Lane Stadium to steal stuff.     Virginia Tech Police said the trio took nine large bottles of liquor and 10 pictures off of the walls of the stadium's luxury suites.     The crimes were reported back in April on the day of the Spring game by owners of the suites.     Mitchell Ingram, Logan Mayes and Jonathan Sun were arrested last week.     Each of them was charged with trespassing, breaking and entering and grand larceny.
HEALTH
Tricia Foley, MD, RD | May 4, 2011
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