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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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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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March 27, 2011
Volvo and its local union employees have officially come to a deal. The United Auto Workers Local 2069 ratified a new five-year contract today. The agreement covers about 1,300 UAW members at the New River Valley plant. Workers went on strike at that plant for about six weeks back in 2008. Here's the official press release from the company: --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Volvo Trucks North America and UAW Agree on Five-Year Contract Volvo Trucks North America today announced that employees represented by the United Auto Workers have ratified a new five-year agreement covering about 1,300 members of UAW Local #2069 at the New River Valley, VA, plant.  The new contract is effective March 17, 2011, and will expire on March 16, 2016.
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Elizabeth Harrington and Reporter | December 15, 2011
UPDATED 7:55 p.m 12/20/11: Authorities in Rockingham County have revealed the names of the two people arrested in the case of two girls found dead in a burned out car on December 12 in North Carolina. The two arrested are brothers John Willis and Aaron Willis. John Willis is charged with first degree murder of Jessica Walker and is being held in the Rockingham County jail without bond. Aaron Willis is charged with accessory after the fact. He's being held on $500,000 dollar bond.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | February 7, 2012
Two brothers charged in connection to the deaths of two women have been indicted by a North Carolina grand jury. John Willis, 21, and his brother Aaron Willis, 16, were indicted Monday on charges related to the murders of Jessica Walker and Taylor Queen. John Willis was indicted on charges for first-degree murder of Taylor Queen, first-degree murder of Jessica Walker, and two counts of concealment of death/disturbing human remains. Walker had ties to the Danville area. Aaron Willis was indicted on two accessory after the fact charges related to the murders.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | February 25, 2013
Lynchburg College is mourning the loss of one of its students. Nick Johnson was found dead in his dorm room around 8:30 p.m. Sunday evening, according to the college. Johnson was a sophomore from Edison, New Jersey. Foul play or suicide is not suspected, according Lynchburg College. Officials are waiting on autopsy results to determine how Johnson died. The chaplain's office and counseling center at Lynchburg College are open for drop-ins Monday for any students who might need support.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 21, 2013
The 9th annual Walk For Mental Health is Tuesday at Wasena Park in Roanoke. It's an effort to raise money for Mental Health America of Roanoke Valley. The walk starts at 6:30 p.m. It's part of national Mental Health Month.
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News 7 Web Staff/Keith Humphry | February 28, 2011
Convicted killer Jens Soering has another reason he feels he should get out of prison.  Having rolled the dice and lost, Soering tells a lot about truth. He touches on comedy, television and heaven.  It seems his last hope lies in DNA testing from a year and a half ago. Soering is doing time for killing a wealthy couple on the Bedford County side of Lynchburg. "I've spent 24 yrs. 9 mos , + 25 days in prison," said Soering. While he's counting the days, he's lost track of the number of institutions.
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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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Elizabeth Harrington and Reporter | March 15, 2011
People shared their stories of pain in hopes of helping others. On Tuesday evening, the governor's task force on lyme disease held a meeting inside Stonewall Jackson Middle School in Roanoke.  About 65 people showed up. Several testified about the pain they feel every day from lyme disease. "I'm lucky if I can even do small tasks," says Cindy Courtright, "Today I spend most of my days on the couch. I just have to pace myself to do any type of activity. " Lyme disease is caused by ticks.
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Susan Bahorich | March 29, 2011
Roanoke Police confirm to News 7 Terry Dehart has died.  He is the man accused of shooting and killing his ex-wife Heather Dehart.  Police say Dehart shot himself.  UPDATED- 3/30/11 A day after police say a Roanoke man shot and killed his wife, no charges have been filed in the case. Terry Dehart is still in the hospital.   UPDATED- 5:10p.m. : Terry Dehart sat down with News7's Keith Humphry back in the spring of 2006. He was accused of entering Woodrow Wilson Middle School and fighting a student - at the time he was defensive..
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Joe Dashiell and Reporter | March 30, 2012
Imagine if you could guarantee a win in Friday night's Mega Millions drawing. The odds make that virtually impossible, but a drawing two decades ago was a different story.   In 1992, the Virginia lottery was just a few years old, and a $27 million jackpot was a big deal. During the second week of February, people were lining up to buy tickets "They told me it's just a lot, 25 million or something like that, so I just decided to play," one customer told WDBJ7.  "Yeah, I'm just hoping I'll be lucky this time.
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Web staff | April 10, 2012
UPDATED:  Antwan Dwayne Johnson has been arrested in Greensboro, North Carolina. He is a person of interest in the homicide of Gary Lee Williams, Jr. Johnson, 36, has been charged on a probation violation that is unrelated to the homicide. He is being held in Roanoke City Jail. ----------------------------------------------------------------- Roanoke Police are asking the public to help find Antwan Dwayne Johnson.  Authorities want to question him in connection with the murder of Gary Williams who was killed April 3 inside a home on Cherry Hill Circle.
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