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March 14, 2010
A road rage incident between two strangers in Pittsylvania County Sunday afternoon. Authorities say the driver of the Cadillac, Melvin Emerson of Java, hit a BMW at least three times before both cars stopped at a house on Brownsville Heights Lane. From there police say Emerson hit the B-M-W again in the driveway--got out of his car--shot off his gun then drove off. Officers eventually arrested him at his house. He is being held at the Pittsylvania County Jail.
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David Seidel and Assignment Manager | March 18, 2011
A man robbed a Fairlawn bank Friday morning and sheriff's deputies are looking for the suspect. Pulaski County Sheriff Jim Davis said a man walked into the Member One Credit Union in Fairlawn around 10:00.  The man pulled a scarf over his face, said he had a weapon and demanded cash.  He was given and undisclosed amount of money and ran off. Investigators describe the suspect as a white man, approximately 25-30 years old, about six feet...
NEWS
November 9, 2009
UPDATED 10:40 p.m. Wednesday The Roanoke City School Board is calling on Susan Willis to release the full report of the fact finding panel. News7 has also learned how much it cost the school system in legal fees over a Standards of Learning cheating scandal at William Fleming High School. Tuesday night the school board fired principal Susan Willis. While all seven board members agreed with the fact finding panel recommendation that she should be let go, some members felt she should be allowed to resign.
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Melinda Zosh and Intern Reporter | February 4, 2011
Lynchburg is known for its devout Christian culture, but another religion is flourishing in the Hill City with members making new friends in unexpected places. Every Friday, a small mosque on Airport road fills with loyal followers of Islam. They come for prayer and a message. Lynchburg's Muslum population is growing, thanks in part to the high number of skilled jobs in the city that attract Middle Eastern natives and their families. So many live here now, that a congregation has formed: The Greater Lynchburg Islamic Association.
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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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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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Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | November 8, 2012
There are a lot of warnings out there to protect you when you buy a new car. But, we don't usually expect to get taken when we sell one. And yet there is a Roanoke company that some customers claim is turning them into victims. In a WDBJ7 investigation, we have uncovered a loophole in what we all thought was a great protection for consumers-- the National Do-Not-Call registry. And still telemarketers are perfectly and legally able to call you and pitch their services. This is how they do it. When we met Bernice McCue, she had just quit her job as a sales rep for Adventis Incorporated.
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David Kaplan and WDBJ7 Reporter | February 15, 2013
It's the time of year when high school seniors have to make that tough decision: What do I do next? For the guidance counselors who advise them, answering that question has gotten a little easier, thanks to the Community College Access Program (CCAP). With this program, high school students who qualify get two years of their education at Virginia Western Community College absolutely free. “We have kids with 4.0's that could get into any college they wanted to go to, but they go to Western,” Franklin County High School Guidance Counselor Barry Whitlow said.
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Karen Kiley and Reporter | March 26, 2012
A heated gun debate is now settled at Virginia Tech.  The University has passed a regulation restricting weapons of any kind in campus buildings and at campus events. The regulation passed by the Board of Visitors Monday is essentially an affirmation of a policy that's been in place for years.  That policy restricts students and staff from having weapons of any kind. It also restricts visitors from carrying weapons inside campus buildings. Last year the Attorney General said a policy was not sufficient and suggested that university's wishing to restrict weapons on campus pass a formal resolution.  Monday, the BOV took that advise.
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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | January 7, 2012
When Fannie Boyd looks at her granddaughter Breanna's picture, she sees a young girl with a lot of wisdom. "She was one of those girls that was like an old person in a young body," said Boyd.  "She knew more than the average older person. " A high school senior at Liberty Christian Academy, Breanna was excited about her future.  She had already been accepted to attend a college in Georgia, and was planning a career in fashion design. "She loved beautification," said Boyd.  "She believed that a woman should always look beautiful.
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Justin McLeod and Reporter | February 21, 2012
There's nothing you won't do for your kids.   But that isn't easy when you're struggling to put a roof over your head. You maybe surprised to hear the number of homeless children in Roanoke City Schools has reached record levels. There are several reasons.  The economy has hurt many families.  Roanoke also has affordable housing and one of the largest shelters on the east coast. "Every single day we see things of kids living in situations that are unimaginable," said Fallon Park Elementary Principal Cindy Delp.
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Bryce Williams and WDBJ7 Reporter | June 25, 2012
Last minute preparations are underway as a Salem business gets ready to welcome Mitt Romney. It's a campaign stop that's expected to draw a huge crowd. Romney will appear at Carter Machinery at noon Tuesday. At first a few hundred people were expected but Jim Parker, the owner of Carter Machinery, says there may be thousands of people. Parker also talked about why he supports Mitt Romney and dislikes President Obama. Carter Machinery is one of the largest Caterpillar dealerships in the nation and it is getting ready for the  Republican Presidential Candidate's visit.
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Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | February 6, 2013
Each time, several of his clients would give him hundreds of dollars, hoping he'd defend them in divorce proceedings. Each time, their lawyer disappeared without a trace, taking their money and running off, tracked down only by a Virginia State Bar investigator. Tuesday, the Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the practice license of Randall Campbell, whose Cave Spring law office has been abandoned; his phone number is disconnected. “[Campbell] violated professional rules that govern diligence, communication, fees, safekeeping property… and misconduct,” said the clerk of the Board, Barbara Lanier, in a statement released to WDBJ7.
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