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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | February 17, 2012
A Bedford County woman learned her punishment Friday for the beating death of her elderly boyfriend. Kristina Pongracz was sentenced to 15 years in prison.  She was found guilty last year of second degree murder for the death of William Herchenrider in May of 2010.  He was 77 when the crime happened, she was 28. "It haunts me what happened that night," said Pongracz, during a hearing Friday in which she testified on her own behalf. "I never intended for this to happen," Pongracz said.  "I loved Bill very much.  We were a family.
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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.
NEWS
Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | July 5, 2011
Three local families are dealing with the deaths of young people who were killed in car accidents over the July 4th weekend. Watching cars pass by his front porch, Ronald Smith can't help but think about the vehicle that slammed into his two children a few days ago. "It hurts," said Smith.  "But I've got to move on. " Smith's son Tearle Davis, 21, and daughter Tara Davis, 23, were killed Sunday morning.  State Police say a drunk driver...
NEWS
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.
HEALTH
Tricia Foley, MD, RD | May 4, 2011
Many seeking to lose weight are looking for help, guidance and support to reach their goals but aren’t quite sure where to turn.  The Weigh Station is a Physician managed weight loss facility offering an innovative approach to the growing problem of managing obesity and has two locations in South West Virginia.   Using a multi-disciplinary team, The Weigh Station is able to hold up to their motto “Creating Knowledge, Changing habits, Changing lives”,...
NEWS
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.
NEWS
Justin McLeod and Reporter | February 27, 2012
It's been years since Roanoke has had a year round ice skating rink. The last one was called the Ice station.  It closed in 2006. A group calling itself Roanoke Valley Ice Advocates announced plans to build an ice skating rink in the City of Roanoke. They would raise all the money to build the facility.  It is unclear how much the rink would cost or where it will be built. The group is looking at several sites currently owned by the City of Roanoke. Members hope the city will lease or donate the land.
NEWS
Dan Dennison and WDBJ7 News Director | November 2, 2012
Our next story is one that shows the depth and strength of the human spirit. If you're a moviegoer or a reader, you may already know the story of Aron Ralston; the Colorado man who cut his own arm off after being trapped in a slot canyon nearly a decade ago. Ralston spoke at Washington and Lee University Thursday night. Actor James Franco portrayed Ralston in last year's movie “127 Hours.” "One apology, sorry to those of you who were hoping I might look a little more like James Franco,” Ralston told the crowd.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
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.
NEWS
Jean Jadhon and Reporter | July 9, 2010
It's not unusual for construction projects to be delayed, but after years of holdups one high-profile project in Roanoke County is starting up again. You've probably seen what was once called Slate Hill from the road high above Routes 419 and 220. Now it will be called South Peak. The property spans 70 acres and three levels. Developer Jim Smith says construction will begin at the top with 120 condominiums. Phase two will be on the middle level, where Smith says a Hilton Garden Hotel will go up with two restaurants and an office building.
FEATURES
August 25, 2011
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NEWS
Web Staff | April 29, 2011
UPDATED: 4:50 p.m. We now know the names of the two prople killed in Roanoke.  38-year-old Michael Lee Smith and 35-year-old Joyce Ann Payne were found dead in their Walnut Avenue apartment Friday morning. News 7 will have more updates as they become available. --------------------------------------------------------      Roanoke police found the bodies of a male and female in an apartment in the 300 block of Walnut Ave. SW Friday morning.  Police had been called to the house because of reports of a gunshot wound.
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NEWS 7 Web Staff | January 11, 2012
A man was shot Tuesday night in Roanoke. It happened just before 10 p.m. on the 1400 block of Gilbert Road. Roanoke Police don't believe the shooting was random. Here is the news release from the Roanoke Police Department: The Roanoke Police Department is investigating an aggravated assault that occurred on January 10, 2012.  Officers responded at 9:58 p.m. to a residence in the 1400 block of Gilbert Road in reference to a report of shots being fired.  Upon arrival officers located a victim who had been shot.  He was identified as Maurice Antonio Thomasson, age 27 of Roanoke.
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