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March 22, 2010
News7's Tim Saunders is in the courtroom in Bedford.  He'll be posting updates throughout the trial. DAY TEN - April 5 UPDATED: 4:54 p.m. Wesley Earnest's mother nearly collapses after hearing her son's verdict. "I feel that the jury did what they thought that they needed to do, but I think it was done on speculation and distortion of the facts. My son is innocent. I believe that in my heart. I love Jocelyn, but my son did not murder this woman," said Patricia Wimmer, Wesley Earnest's mother.
NEWS
August 28, 2009
Tears mixed with joyful memories in Lynchburg as family and friends say goodbye to David Metzler and Heidi Childs. The Virginia Tech sophomores were shot and killed last week, the circumstances of their death still unclear.  On Monday, hundreds gathered at Heritage Baptist Church for back-to-back funerals.  Loved ones shared stories of Heidi and David's life.  One part of their life we heard so much about was their deep religious faith. Friends told how David and Heidi brought them to Christianity.
NEWS
July 6, 2011
A drunk driver who killed a mother and her son will spend 38 years in prison. A Roanoke County judge formally sentenced Paul Harris Wednesday morning.  Harris was behind the wheel last year when he ran a red light and hit several cars on Route 460, killing Liberty University professor Jill Jones and her son, Nicholas. Harris took the stand before sentencing and told the court the jury got it wrong.  "I don't think they listened to all the evidence. "  He insists he has no memory of the accident or the events leading up to it, but says "The chances of me being intoxicated are pretty slim.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | November 22, 2011
Football often creates bitter rivalries, but in Lynchburg the sport has formed a unique friendship. "We typically text one another before the game and after the game," said Leslie Rocco, mother to University of Virginia quarterback Michael Rocco. She and Kim Tarazona have something special to bond over: their sons play a leading role for Virginia's largest college football teams. "We message each other before and after games, sometimes during the game," said Tarazona, who is the mother of Virginia Tech quarterback Logan Thomas.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | November 30, 2012
According to the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, investigators found four “shake and bake” style labs inside an apartment at 595 Republic Road. Two of the labs were active, according to police. 25-year-old David Mitchem, 39-year-old Ricky Joyce, 29-year-old Brian Smith, 25-year-old Tosha Farley, and 28-year-old Rebecca Farley have all been charged. Mitchem, Joyce, Smith, and Tosha Farley are from Christiansburg. Rebecca Farley is from Riner. Two children were found in the same apartment as the suspected meth labs.
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
April 26, 2011
The Galax Police Department is investigating the death of an 18-year-old woman. Fanny Rios was a senior at Galax High School, just weeks away from graduating. Rios died early Monday morning. The cause of death is still under investigation. Police were called to her home, where she lived with a boyfriend, around 2 am Monday. Rios' body was sent to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy. The medical examiner found no visible signs of trauma, according to police. They are still waiting on results from a toxicology report before an official cause of death can be determined, police said.
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Web Staff | August 25, 2010
A Lynchburg woman is dead after an accident in Harrisonburg. Virginia State Police say it happened early Wednesday morning on Sky Road in Rockingham County. They say Jennifer Moreland, 26, was killed when the car she was a passenger in ran off the road and hit an embankment. The driver, 28-year-old Anthony Cesar of Harrisonburg, was taken to Rockhingham Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. He has been charged with Aggravated DUI Manslaughter and is being held without bond at the Rockingham-Harrisonburg Regional Jail.
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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.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | March 22, 2011
New details are emerging in a legendary local murder case. Jens Soering was convicted of murder 20 years ago.  The German native was a student at the University of Virginia in 1985 when investigators say he drove to Bedford and killed Derick and Nancy Haysom, stabbing them at their Bedford County home. The Haysoms were parents of Soering's girlfriend, Elizabeth Haysom. A jury found Soering guilty in 1990 of carrying out the murders.  He was sentenced to two life terms.
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Karen Kiley/David Seidel and NEWS7 | May 13, 2011
A new company will take over operation of the Radford Army Ammunition Plant in September. BAE Systems won the Department of Defense conrtact to run the plant, according to Lt. Col. Andy Munera, the plant's commander.  Alliant Techsystemshas operated the arsenal since 1995. About 1,200 people work at the facility along the New River.  Munera said employees were notified about the new contract at the end of the day Thursday.  Representatives from BAE have not visited the site to speak with employees and Munera says decisions about hiring and benefits have not yet been made.  Munera said in other similar changes, most employees are taken on by the new company.  Upper level management is most often affected and changed.
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Chris Hurst and Reporter | May 19, 2011
It never went away, but police thought they had a handle on methamphetamines in Southwest Virginia, but new ways to make it are making meth the hardest drug to fight in our hometowns. Users call it "Shake and Bake," and just like when you use the real “Shake and Bake,” meth can now be made on an incredibly small scale. A two liter soda bottle can make one batch so now, each user is their own cook. But it's where law enforcement is finding these bottles that can expose you to toxic chemicals or even explosions.
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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.
NEWS
Bob Grebe and Reporter | October 14, 2011
    The Craftsmen's Fall Classic returns to the Roanoke Civic Center this weekend.  Hundreds of vendors fill the Special Event Center.     Admission is free.     Hours for the craft show are Friday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.     Visitors are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food donation for Feeding America Southwest Virginia.  Most needed food items include: canned meats/meals, canned fruits, canned vegetables, dry beans, rice, 100% juice and peanut butter.
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