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Jean Jadhon and Tim Saunders and News 7 | April 12, 2011
It's just the kind of news people in Charlotte County hoped to hear. 150 new jobs are coming to the county.  Genesis Products, Incorporated will invest $2.5 million dollars to expand the Appomattox River Manufacturing operation in Charlotte County, according to a press release from Governor Bob McDonnell's office. The project will save 52 jobs and create 150 new jobs. The company manufactures doors, cabinet parts, moldings and wood panels for pre-fabricated homes and recreational vehicles.
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Holly Pietrzak and New River Valley Newsroom Chief | August 11, 2010
A drug roundup led to a big bust in Giles County. More than 100 guns were taken from a home near Mountain Lake. This all started when an officer spotted marijuana plants from a helicopter.  When a search warrant was served, authorities found much more than pot. Deputies and officers from Giles County found the guns all over 54-year-old's Darrell Porterfield's property. They were mostly shotguns and rifles, and are valued at roughly $25,000 to $30,000. The marijuana has a street value of more than $230,000.
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Justin McLeod and Reporter | October 11, 2011
If you grew up in this area, chances are you visited Lakeside Amusement Park in Salem.  Located at the intersection of East Main Street and Electric Road, the park was a favorite summer retreat for residents of Roanoke and Salem through the 1970s and early 1980s.  "I still see the train tracks back there.  I think about the train that went around the back with the Indians who popped up with the Cowboy," said Josh May.  And most...
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | June 11, 2012
A Radford man with an extensive criminal background pleaded guilty Monday to selling cocaine on three different occasions. Derrick Chapman will serve five years in prison on the three drug charges. A special judge was appointed to Chapman's case because of his criminal history. In November 1997, Chapman was acquitted of murder by a Pulaski County grand jury. In 1999, Chapman was convicted of three counts of conspiracy to commit capital murder for a plot to kill Montgomery County Circuit Court Judge Ray Grubbs.
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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.
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Elizabeth Harrington and Reporter | October 21, 2011
The walls of St Albans are more than a hundred years old. Some believe the ghosts of former patients still walk the halls.  It makes this old hospital for the mentally ill a perfect haunted house. "We're excited," says Shana Pooley who came Friday night for a ghost tour, "We heard some stories about maybe possibly getting the ghost hunters around here too might be some truth to it. " Hundreds of people lined up for a ghost tour of the vacant building in Fairlawn in Pulaski County Friday night.  The tour has been dubbed *the asylum" and that doesn't sit well with some people.
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Justin McLeod and Reporter | October 31, 2011
Hundreds of kids will invade a South Roanoke neighborhood Halloween night. We're talking about Stanley Avenue.  The road is blocked off for the night and every resident on the street goes all out for Halloween. Denise Knisely told News 7, "Everyone, old and young.  It doesn't matter, two or if you are 72, everyone is into it. " Residents decorate their homes and their yards. It is a tradition that goes back decades.  No one knows exactly when it started.   Residents will start preparing months in advance.  It takes a lot of time and money.  Many tell us they will easily spend up to $500 on decorations and candy.
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Holly Pietrzak and Weekend Anchor/Reporter | November 20, 2011
Preparing a Thanksgiving meal takes a lot of work and a lot of time. Some are choosing other options as the traditional meal is being outsourced. It's one of few restaurants where you can still get a home-cooked meal. "This is a good place to come.  You get an excellent meal for a good price," said Betty Hosp, a diner at The Roanoker.     The Roanoker has been around for the past 70 years.     Besides serving up hundreds of meals on Thanksgivings Day, the kitchen staff is cooking up whole birds for families to share at home.
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NEWS 7 Web Staff and News 7 Anchor/Reporter | December 16, 2011
Six Five fraternity members charged with the hazing death of a college student accepted guilty pleas Friday. (3:39 p.m. This corrects a previous version. One member, Ryan Lawson, had his case continued for twelve months.)* All six were got two-year suspended sentences and a $1,000 fine. If they have good behavior, they will not get jail time. The six were charged in connection to the death of Sam Mason in October 2010. Mason died of alcohol poisoning.
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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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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 | 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.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | January 31, 2013
For some they're just words on a map.  Spots we pass by, but never think about.  Many of us call these places "home. " Southwest Virginia is full of distinct, unusual, and even hard-to-pronounce names, but each one has its own special story. Everywhere you look in the city of Bedford, there's something called "Liberty. "  A high school, a park, even a restaurant carry the name. "Bedford used to be called Liberty," said Jennifer Thomson, genealogical librarian at the Bedford Museum & Genealogical Library.
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Web Staff | August 10, 2012
UPDATED: 9:30 p.m. Virginia State Police are releasing more information about the accident. It happened around 3:20 Friday afternoon. Two vehicles were involved in the crash. State Police say a tractor-trailer was traveling north when the driver came upon stopped traffic and was unable to stop.  The tractor-trailer then jack-knifed and crossed into the southbound lanes, where it hit a pickup truck, injuring the driver and passenger. The driver of the pick-up, Silvester Carter of Moneta, was flown to the hospital.
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