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Holly Pietrzak and Anchor/Reporter | August 25, 2011
Two years ago, two Virginia Tech students were discovered shot and killed off campus in Montgomery County.  The murder case remains unsolved. This would have been Heidi Childs and David Metzler's senior year at Virginia Tech.  But the couple never made it to their sophomore year.  The two were very much in love and drove out to the Caldwell Fields area of the Jefferson National Forest the night before the start of classes at Tech in August 2009. ...
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WDBJ Web Staff | February 6, 2012
Update: 2:50 p.m. Monday - WDBJ7 has learned that 17-year-old Brittni Coffey died in an accident Sunday in Amherst County. Coffey was from Madison Heights.  She was a senior at Amherst County High School, according to the school's principal.  Counselors were on hand there Monday and memorial arrangements are being made. According to a news release from state police, Coffey was driving on Route 130 around 4:55 p.m. Sunday. The car she was driving went off the right side of the road, and when she over corrected she smashed head-on into another vehicle.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | September 4, 2012
A manufacturer of high-accuracy instrumentation and software is planning to expand its Virginia presence, creating 40 jobs. Gov. Bob McDonnell said Tuesday that Aeroprobe Corporation will invest $2.2 million initially and $3 million over five years to move its headquarters from Blacksburg to Christiansburg and locate a manufacturing operation there. Aeroprobe will construct a 20,000-square-foot facility in Montgomery County. The facility will be expandable up to 40,000-square-feet.
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Natasha Ryan and Anchor/Reporter | November 18, 2010
Be aggressive, be-e aggressive. The cheer echoed through the gym at Staunton River High School Thursday evening. That's where the cheerleading squad practices. Among them, three seniors who have received a special honor. Katalin Jenkins, Haylee Stump and Ivy Archual proved to be quite aggressive at cheer camp this summer. It was there they competed for the coveted All-American title. All three achieved that goal. Katalin describes the moment it was announced, "When they called my name I started crying.
NEWS
September 24, 2012
David is very happy to be back with Your Hometown News Leader, the station he grew up watching.   David was born and raised in Roanoke and graduated from Cave Spring High School in 2008.  From there he went to Syracuse University where he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Political Science and Broadcast Journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.    He is the youngest of three children. His sister Adena works at George Washington University, his brother-in-law is a lawyer, and his brother works for a hedge fund in New York City.
NEWS
May 28, 2010
UPDATED: Saturday, June 5 A week after two men were shot and robbed at the gas station where they worked in Henry County, surveillance cameras and tips from citizens have lead investigators to capturing one of three suspects. Last Friday, just after midnight, BG's Express on Chatham Heights Road became the crime scene. Investigators say three men charged into the store and opened fire. One of the store's employees died, the other was treated and released from the hospital.
NEWS
May 21, 2010
E-Mail Robin Follow Robin on Facebook Follow Robin on Twitter Robin has been chief meteorologist at WDBJ7 since March of 1982.  His path to meteorology began with a passion for baseball but a major league career was not to be.  Sports reporting was the logical extension but when the opportunity to present weather came along, Robin knew he had found a career.  His degree from James Madison University did not...
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 30, 2012
A man involved in a motorcycle accident May 22 in Campbell County has died from his injuries. 20-year-old Jacob Warrender of Lynchburg died Wednesday as a result of his injuries. The accident happened at the intersection of Route 460 Business/ Timberlake Road and Enterprise Road when Warrender's motorcycle hit a car. The driver of the car was not seriously hurt. ------------------------- Original story from May 23 A motorcyclist was critically hurt Tuesday when his motorcycle hit a car in Campbell County.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | November 14, 2012
Virginia State Police have identified the two teenagers killed in an accident Wednesday morning in Bedford County . 17-year-old Jacob Baird of Thaxton and 16-year-old Katie Thurston of Vinton both died in the two-vehicle wreck on Route 24. The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. in the Goodview area of Bedford County. Baird was driving a 2000 Ford Mustang on Route 653 when investigators say he tried to make a left turn onto Route 24, and then pulled the car in the path of a pickup truck.
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Tim Saunders and WDBJ7 Reporter | December 6, 2012
Smith Mountain Lake residents came out in force Wednesday night, and they wanted answers about why the lake's level is so low. It was a packed house at Trinity Ecumenical Church tonight -- but not for worship --- it was filled with Smith Mountain Lake residents concerned about the lake's current level.       Right now, the lake's elevation is just around 790 feet.  It's normal elevation is 795 feet, and business owners here are feeling...
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | March 15, 2013
A Mexican company will open a large greenhouse in Pulaski County, creating 205 jobs in the New River Valley. Red Sun Farms will open an operation at the New River Valley Commerce Park in Pulaski County. Governor McDonnell is expected to make the announcement Friday afternoon in Dublin. Red Sun Farms is investing $30 million to establish its first U.S. high-techonology greenhouse production operation. Red Sun Farms will be the first tenant of the New River Valley Commerce Park.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | April 15, 2013
Neil MacInnis, the teenager accused of opening fire Friday at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg, was taken into custody with a 12-gauge shotgun that he legally purchased two days before the shooting, investigators say. MacInnis wounded two women inside New River Community College's satellite campus, which is inside the mall. MacInnis' shotgun was bought legally on Wednesday from a licensed dealer in the New River Valley. Nine spent shell casings were recovered inside New River Community College.
SPORTS
Grant Kittelson and News7 Sports Reporter | August 29, 2010
Who knows how long a book we could write if we decided to sit down and chronicle the first 26 years of Friday Football Extra. It would be monumental task and we have no plans to try, but we are accepting applications for someone who would like to take it on. To get an idea of what you might be in store for, one local radio broadcaster has written a book on Rockbridge County Football over the last two plus decades. It's jam packed with 461 pages of great stuff. Grant Kittelson checks in with him and some of those that he wrote about.
NEWS
Jean Jadhon and WDBJ-TV Anchor/Reporter | February 14, 2011
Saying "ahhh" may not be the only thing you are asked to do at your next doctor's appointment. You may also be asked to say "cheese. " When patients check in at Physicians to Women in Roanoke, they now have their picture taken with a tiny camera. "It doesn't bother me because that way they know who I am," said Gigi Shipp, a patient there. Knowing who exactly is checking in is one reason behind the pictures. It's meant to cut down on insurance fraud. "You'll have some patients that may not have insurance that will get a friend's card, bring it in and and pass it off as themselves," said Kim Sandras, Physicians to Women office manager.
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