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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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WDBJ7 Web Staff | February 14, 2013
The son of a Tazewell County couple who were murdered in 2009 has been arrested for the death of his parents. The Tazewell County Sheriff's Office announced at a Thursday morning news conference that Christopher Dean Looney has been arrested. He was the couple's only child. "(Wednesday), Christopher Dean Looney, who is age 32 from the Belfast area of Russell County, was taken into custody and has been charged with two counts of capital murder," Sheriff Brian Hieatt announced at the news conference.
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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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Justin McLeod/WDBJ7 Web Staff and WDBJ7 Reporter | February 28, 2012
Jeff Easley has pleaded no contest to the capital murder of Tina Smith. Easley will spend the rest of his life in prison without a chance for parole. As part of a plea deal, prosecutors will drop charges of abduction with the intent to defile. By pleading no contest, Easley avoids the death penalty for killing Tina Smith. The charges stem from Smith's December 3, 2010 murder, and then the kidnapping her 12-year-old daughter, Brittany Smith. Easley, 33, was Tina Smith's live-in boyfriend.
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Bob Grebe and Reporter | April 28, 2011
        The National Weather Service says the damage to the Smyth County community of Chilhowie was caused by an EF-2 tornado.  An EF-3 tornado, with winds reaching 130 mph, caused the damage in the Glade Spring area.       The sheriff's office in Washington County now says four people are dead and more were injured in the storms that rampaged through Glade Spring.  The storms hit at 1:00 a.m. Thursday.       According to...
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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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Orlando Salinas and WDBJ7 Reporter | June 5, 2012
Along Route 11 in Pulaski, there's big lot with a whole lot of parked vans. For years, people have wondered what this was all about.         Turns out the owner, Kevin Lindamood, gave us a tour of his five acre commercial property, packed with about 300 Volkswagen Vanagons. His family business is called "Vuh-Vanagons".    It's about five years old and it's specializes in restoring these vehicles and re-selling them to VW lovers around the country. Lindamood says there's no mystery here.
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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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WDBJ7 Web Staff | February 25, 2013
The daughter of a retired Roanoke judge was murdered in Baltimore this weekend, according to a news release from the family. The Baltimore Sun reports that Alysia Strickland, 33, and Taewon Tuck, 34, were found dead in a burning car in West Baltimore early Friday morning. Both had gunshot wounds to the head, according to the Baltimore Sun. Click here to read the Baltimore Sun's story. Alysia Strickland was the daughter of Art and Diane Strickland, the family confirmed in a news release.
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Hollani Davis and Anchor/Reporter | July 18, 2011
A new shuttle bus connecting riders from Roanoke to the Amtrak train in Lynchburg debuts on Tuesday. The Smart Way Connector will run twice a day departing from the Roanoke Civic Center.  One-way tickets are $4.  Click here for additional pricing and parking information. Eventually, the connector buses will be 16-seaters and Amtrak passengers will have priority.  Soon, train riders will be able to reserve their seat on the bus online when booking their train tickets.  For now, it's first come first serve.
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Holly Pietrzak and Weekend Anchor/Reporter | July 31, 2011
Does dress attire make you act a certain way?     The Virginia Board of Bar Examiners seems to think so.     Hundreds of potential Virginia lawyers descended on the Roanoke Civic Center this past week to take the bar exam in proper attire.     The first test was at the door.     Virginia is one of the few states that still requires those taking the bar exam to dress as though they were in court.       A suit and tie for men.     A dress or suit for women.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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