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WDBJ7 Web Staff | April 25, 2012
The Roanoke Police Department has ruled that a "suspicious" death is actually a murder. Investigators responded to a home on the 4500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue on Wednesday. Inside, they found 30-year-old Terrance Perdue of Roanoke dead. Detectives say Perdue was shot. No one has been arrested yet. Here is the news release from the Roanoke Police Department: Roanoke, VA- The Roanoke Police Department is investigating a homicide that was reported on April 25, 2012.  Officers responded at 1:51 p.m. to a residence in the 4500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.  Upon arrival officers located the body of a male inside of the residence.  The victim had been shot.  He is identified as Terrance Rasheen Perdue, age 30 of Roanoke.  No arrests have been made.  Anyone with information regarding this or other crimes should call the Roanoke Police Department at 853-5959 or Crime Line at 344-8500.  Crime Line may offer a monetary reward for any information leading to an arrest.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff/Susan Bahorich | September 26, 2012
Ninety-three percent of Virginia's public schools are fully accredited, according to numbers released Wednesday afternoon by the Virginia Department of Education. According to the VDOE, 96 percent of elementary schools and 88 percent of middle schools are fully accredited for the 2012-13 school year. Accreditation is based on Standards of Learning (SOL) tests during the 2011-2012 school year. The number of fully accredited high schools rose to 90 percent, up four percent from last school year.
NEWS
May 7, 2010
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Some former students of a slain Longwood University professor are asking prosecutors not to seek the death penalty against the man accused of killing her and her family. Debra Kelley, her 16-year-old daughter Emma Niederbrock, Emma's father Mark, and Emma's 18-year-old friend Melanie Wells of Inwood, W.Va., were found bludgeoned to death in Kelley's Farmville home in September. Emma's boyfriend, 21-year-old Richard "Sam" McCroskey III of Castro Valley, Calif.
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.
NEWS
Tim Saunders and News 7 Web Staff | January 25, 2011
A judge formally sentenced Wesley Earnest Tuesday for murdering his wife and staging the crime to look like a suicide.  Earnest was sentenced to life in prison for the murder, plus three years for a related weapons charge.  That's the exact sentence recommended by jurors when Earnest was convicted in Amherst two months ago. Earnest stood with a neutral expression and made no statement as his sentence was handed down.  His family and supporters...
NEWS
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.
WEATHER
Meteorologist Brent Watts | March 13, 2012
March 13-14th, 1993, the region saw one of the largest March snowfalls in recorded history. The weather predictions grew from 6 to 12 inches early in the week,  to 1 to 2 feet just before the snow began on Friday and continued through Sunday. On top of the extreme snow, strong winds were expected to top 50 mph during the second half of the storm, creating the blizzard conditions across much of the east coast. One national forecaster commented, "this is like a hurricane, with snow.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff/Justin McLeod | May 7, 2012
Former students of Virginia Western Community College's nursing program have been awarded a $2.4 million settlement against the Roanoke school. The plaintiffs claimed the school didn't notify nursing students quickly enough that Virginia Western's national accreditation had been pulled. They argued the school defrauded them and breached a contract, as a result prevented them from getting certain jobs. The money has been divided among the 73 students.  They were in the school's nursing program between 2005 and 2007.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff | September 13, 2012
Both guys and girls were all about pink on Virginia Tech's campus Thursday night Students flocked to the campus drillfield for a free party sponsored by Victoria's Secret.    The Victoria's Secret Pink Nation Tailgate Party featured games, food, plus a concert featuring Gym Class Heroes and Chiddy Bang.    Students earned the event for winning a campus spirit competition back in the spring.              "We're promoting Virginia Tech, frankly," said student Julia Aloe, "What an amazing campus we are and we have some awesome bands coming out we're all excited for.  And I know I voted about 18 billion times last year to get Victoria's Secret here on Virginia Tech's campus.
NEWS
May 21, 2010
E-Mail Robin Follow Robin on Facebook Follow Robin on Twitter Robin has been chief meteorologist at WDBJ7 since March of 1982.  His path to meteorology began with a passion for baseball but a major league career was not to be.  Sports reporting was the logical extension but when the opportunity to present weather came along, Robin knew he had found a career.  His degree from James Madison University did not...
NEWS
Holly Pietrzak and Weekend Anchor/Reporter | February 27, 2011
Some Pulaski Middle School children are learning about real life by choosing to stay after school. When classes dismiss and students at Pulaski Middle head home for the day, about 60 kids take a brake before tackling another lesson. "It's just a lot of fun you know.  You get different opportunities to do stuff and learn about life," said Chandler Mitchell, a 7th grader at Pulaski Middle School. The program is called  Micro Society After-School. It gives the kids real life experiences with jobs, salaries, government and taxes.
NEWS
WDBJ Web Staff | December 4, 2011
A 15 year old suspected murderer is now in custody, according to Danville Police. Da'Quan LaJames Saunders was arrested after turning himself in around 3:00 p.m. Sunday. He was wanted for the November 20th shooting at the Woodside Village apartments where Marchello Waddell died. Saunders has been charged with first degree murder, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and possessing a firearm while under the age of 18 years. He will be held at the W.W. Moore, Jr. Detention Home.
NEWS
Web staff | December 9, 2011
One of the first members of the Christiansburg-based National Guard is home from Iraq. Allan Schmaeman of Roanoke was a military escort south of Baghdad since his latest deployment in April. The rest of the 116th is coming home on Monday, but the sergeant came home Friday night because his wife, Kristen, is pregnant and could have their baby at any moment. It will be their second child. A girl named McKenna.
NEWS
Orlando Salinas and WDBJ7 Reporter | June 5, 2012
Along Route 11 in Pulaski, there's big lot with a whole lot of parked vans. For years, people have wondered what this was all about.         Turns out the owner, Kevin Lindamood, gave us a tour of his five acre commercial property, packed with about 300 Volkswagen Vanagons. His family business is called "Vuh-Vanagons".    It's about five years old and it's specializes in restoring these vehicles and re-selling them to VW lovers around the country. Lindamood says there's no mystery here.
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