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Zach Irby and WDBJ7 Intern Reporter | July 26, 2012
There's one less place in the Roanoke Valley for ice cream lovers to get their fix. A sign on the door at 4760 Valley View Boulevard reads, "Cold Stone Creamery has closed. " Cold Stone Creamery has been in the strip mall near IHOP and the Valley View Wal-Mart since 2008. WDBJ7 spoke with Paul Marotte, owner of Palladian Realty Service, based in Atlanta, Georgia, who oversees the Valley View Station strip center. Marotte says he was made aware of the closure on Wednesday.
NEWS
March 22, 2010
A body found Friday on the banks of the James River in Campbell County has been positivly identified as a missing Sweet Briar College professor. Eleanor Elizabeth Salotto was reported missing February 12.  Her remains were found found in the Joshua Falls area of the James River, about seven miles from downtown Lynchburg. Salotto's body was lodged in a tree, approximately five feet above the current water level. Police do not believe foul play was involved in Salotto's death.
SPORTS
Sam Doyle and Outdoor Web Staff | September 27, 2010
Most of the State Parks offer some form of hunting during the fall seasons. These dates range from mid-October to the first week in January.  There are fees for all hunts and restrictions on weapon type.  There are both lotto hunts and reservation hunts along with youth only hunts. (Outside the Youth Hunt Day on September 25th). There are deadlines for the lottery hunts and limited hunters per day on the reservation hunts.  All hunts require the hunter to have passed a hunter safety education course and must present their card . Whether it is the bad economy or just a return to a better time, Virginia State Parks has seen record numbers this year.
NEWS
Holly Pietrzak and New River Valley Newsroom Chief | October 5, 2010
A Christiansburg shopping center sits mostly vacant.     It recently lost ANOTHER business.     All of this as property managers search for a nationally known anchor store.     The most recent inquiry came from Sam's Club, but that never materialized.     Within the past year, at least five stores and restaurants have pulled out of the Christiansburg Marketplace.     The Sub Shack was the latest to fall victim.     The the restaurant closed just days ago.     Owner Leslie Paradiso said word of a Sam's Club possibly moving into the center gave her hope to stay open.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
September 19, 2011
A grand jury has indicted seven members of the Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity at Radford University in connection with the death of 20-year-old Samuel Harris Mason.  Mason was found dead shortly before noon on October 15, 2010. The autopsy report shows he had a blood alcohol content of 0.48. That's six times the legal limit. The report also shows that Mason died after a night of partying. Friends say Mason was talking and vomiting when he was last seen alive around 3a.m. He was found dead after friends returned from class shortly after noon that day. Dustin Lee Moore, Ryan N. Lawson, Chadwick N. Evancho, Christopher Michael Pizzi, William Taylor Burke, Christopher Scott Cothren and Louis Hoskins Trible were indicted on one count of supplying alcohol to an underage person and one count of hazing.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
Bethany Tucker and WDBJ7 Associate Producer | February 4, 2012
UPDATE, Sunday 4:41p.m.:     Your Hometown News Leader is learning more about a deadly home invasion just across the state line in North Carolina.     Early Saturday morning, authorities in Reidsville, North Carolina say a man and woman were shot and killed inside their home during a home invasion. They are identified as Douglas and Ladonna French, husband and wife. Their 19-year-old daughter, Whitley, was injured in the incident.     We're learning the young woman told 911 dispatchers she woke up to an attack by a masked man in her bedroom.
NEWS
Elizabeth Harrington and Reporter | March 9, 2012
Parents are often on the go these days with barely enough time to cook.  Many times it's easier to grab dinner at a fast food place. But there's a new restaurant that offers healthy food with a drive thru. Veggies To Go opened last fall in Salem. It used to be a donut shop and still sells donuts. But last December the two owners added vegetables to the mix. They offer 12 vegetable choices every day including green beans, cabbage, and zucchini. Plus there's salads, pizza and wraps.
NEWS
April 23, 2012
Two men are dead after a car accident early Saturday morning in Lynchburg. The accident happened just after 2:00 a.m. Saturday in the 7200 block of Timberlake Road. The two vehicles collided going at a high rate of speed. One was driven by Amy Phillips of Bedford. She has been charged with DUI and two counts of manslaughter and is currently being held in the Blue Ridge Regional Jail without bond. The other was driven by John Hawkins of Lynchburg. Garry Moore of Spout Springs was a passenger in the front seat of Hawkins' vehicle.
NEWS
Susan Bahorich and WDBJ7 Anchor/Reporter | May 9, 2012
He's written dozens of best-sellers and is now turning his talents to screenwriting. Author David Baldacci is Virginia born and bred. On Wednesday he was in Roanoke to talk about his latest project, turning his book, "Wish You Well" into a movie to be filmed in one of our hometowns. There is no word where the movie will be filmed. The ultimate decision will be left to the director. But, according to the movie's Facebook page, scouting crews have narrowed their attention to the Alleghany Highlands and Giles County.
NEWS
Web staff | May 16, 2012
If you've ever wanted to drive the Blue Ridge Parkway from start to finish, this is the summer to do it. For the first time in many years, the entire parkway is open. In the past certain areas have been closed for maintenance, repairs, or the construction of the historic guard wall. While there are a few construction projects going on this summer, all of them will leave one lane open. So you can drive from mile marker zero to 469 without any detours. The new Blue Ridge Parkway tag is also available now. The first one thousand are free.
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
Hollani Davis and Anchor/Reporter | November 8, 2012
Say the words Northwest Roanoke and often, this section of town gets a bad rap. "I think pockets of crime or anything else happen all through the city.  We probably get more of it because again it's more condensed, more urban," says Mia Webb-Fittz who grew up in Northwest. Lt. M.W. Lovern with the Roanoke City Police Department patrols what's known as Zone Four.  The area includes Melrose and Shenandoah Avenues, along with parts of  Peters Creek and Hershberger Roads. "I refer to it as the tide.  We are going to have peaks and we can have our valleys," says Lovern.
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