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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | June 21, 2013
When you think of personal trainers, people like Jillian Michaels and Bob Harper may come to mind. How about Ben Crosswhite? His name may not be familiar, but he's earning a reputation for helping some of Lynchburg's most well known people slim down. "Since I was younger, I have loved it," Crosswhite said of his chosen career.  "I love the results it brings. " Results are something he's becoming known for.  His clients are dropping pounds, lots of pounds, and they're doing it fast.
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February 18, 2006
CHICKEN WITH PORTOBELLO MUSHROOM SAUCE -- from Tom Polisso, Texas Roadhouse (Lynchburg) 1 / 2 cup butter, divided 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided 4 portobello mushroom caps, sliced 1 clove garlic, chopped 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 1 (14.5 ounce) can beef broth 1/2 cup dry Marsala wine salt and ground black pepper to taste 1 tablespoon of browning sauce (can find in most supermarkets)
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David Kaplan and Intern | May 27, 2011
Cox Communications customers will NOT be getting a credit due to last Friday's outage.  The company says: "We typically do not provide credits for outages that are relatively short in duration and/or for outages resulting from factors beyond our control.  As a result, we will not offer credits for last Friday's outage. "  Here is the full news release: Good afternoon - The item which posted Friday, May 27 on Facebook indicated that Cox was evaluating how it would address customer credits due to the recent outage.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | February 22, 2012
A missing 16-year-old boy in Roanoke has been found. Nathan Mailliard was located in the area near where he walked away from. A spokesperson for the Roanoke Police Department said locating Nathan was helped by a citizen who passed along information that helped police officers find him. --------------------- The Roanoke Police Department is asking for citizens' help in finding a missing 16-year-old with cognitive delays. The department says Nathan Mailliard went missing Tuesday from the 2300 block of Delaware Ave. Nathan routinely takes medication.
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Justin McLeod and WDBJ7 Reporter | March 19, 2012
The legal community is remembering a well-known Roanoke attorney who was killed in a car accident Sunday evening. Richard Lawrence died in a crash on Route 311 near Catawba Sunday night. Roanoke County Police say Lawrence's vehicle crossed into oncoming traffic. Police say preliminary autopsy results show he died from injuries suffered in the accident. Lawrence's funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at St. John's Episcopal Church in Roanoke. That's on the Corner of South Jefferson St. and Elm Ave Lawrence's colleagues tell WDBJ7 his nickname was Big Deal Lawrence.
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Tim Saunders and Lynchburg Bureau Chief | December 4, 2012
Wesley Earnest will get a new trial.  The former school teacher and administrator found out Monday morning that his April murder conviction is being thrown out. Earnest is accused of killing his estranged wife, Jocelyn, back in 2007.  Judge Jim Updike denied bond, saying that Earnest is a substantially greater flight risk than he was before he went on trial.  That ruling came after Updike decided to set aside Earnest's April 5th murder conviction. ...
HEALTH
Rich Ellis | June 10, 2013
A New Ankle Brings a New Outlook on Life Total ankle replacements restore mobility, end crippling pain. By Rich Ellis C.E. “Butch” Davidson, 70 and a Salem resident, loved to dance with his wife at the Moose Lodge. In fact, it's where the two of them met. But severe arthritis in both ankles put an end to his dancing days, or so he thought. Roanoke City resident Virginia Balserak faced a similar situation. She was an avid hiker and yoga instructor until arthritis in her ankle gradually worsened over the course of about a year and half and she could barely place any weight on the ankle.
NEWS
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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Elizabeth Harrington and Reporter | November 3, 2010
New signs are up along Interstate 81. Virginia is raising the speed limit from 65 to 70 miles per hour on most of I-81. The northern portion is now marked with the new signs. The southern portion will be finished before the end of the year. VDOT says its received a lot of positive feedback. "Most of the things that we've heard from the public have been when are you gonna do it and how much quicker can you do it," says VDOT spokesperson Jason Bond. Drivers we spoke with say the new speed limit won't make a big difference.
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Bob Grebe and Reporter | November 10, 2010
    "It's hip to snip. "     A new spay and neuter clinic in Christiansburg is hoping to help control the pet population.     Mountain View Humane has made affordable spay and neuter services available in the New River Valley.     The facility currently sees 25 to 30 dogs and cats per day.  In less than three months of operation, Mountain View has performed the procedure a thousand times.     Pricing starts at $45, which is half of what many regular vets charge.
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Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | November 4, 2011
Sweeping drug indictments in Wytheville were announced Friday dating back to an investigation that culminated in October. More than 20 people face a total of 60 charges for drug dealing. Meth, crack cocaine and pills are all allegedly involved. The following is a list of the indictments. Tonya Howard - 8 counts of Distribution (Sch. II and III pills, Methadone, Cocaine)  - 21 year old, Wytheville, VA Barbara Hensley - 5 counts of Distribution, 1 count of PWID more than 28 grams (Methamphetamine)
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Susan Bahorich and reporter | November 26, 2011
It started as a church project and has now turned into a community effort with neighbor helping neighbor. Last year, Faith Community Fellowship Church in Buchanan started a project called "Solomon's Closet. " The closet gives free clothes and accessories to people who need them. Organizers say most people who come by are working, but having trouble making ends meet. "Just to know that people care, it means the world to them. And, with fuel costs right now, especially oil bills here in the county - it's helping them pay their oil bills, meet their expenses, with kids in school, a lot of families are using it and that's wonderful," says one of the organizers Teresa Rothwell.
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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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Joe Dashiell and Reporter | March 15, 2013
Timber Truss Housing Systems started in a carport more than 50 years ago, and grew into a business with two Virginia plants and a worldwide reach. This week, the housing downturn that began six years ago finally claimed the company and 51 jobs. "Every year we kept saying it was going to get better," said Timber Truss President Gary Saunders, "and then with the election it was going to get better. You know nothing has helped it," he told us. Saunders spent 38 years with the company.
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