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News 7 Web Staff | January 14, 2011
UPDATED 2:58 p.m.: Eight people have been displaced after a fire started in a downstairs basement at a home near Buena Vista. The Buena Vista Fire Department says all of the people made it out safely and all are membes of one family. Firefighters say a grandmother was living in the basement where the fire likely started in the chimney. Damages are estimated around $160,000-170,000. The house is a total loss. It took crews nearly an hour to get the fire under control. ---------------------------------- A house fire is keeping crews busy in Lexington.
Web Staff | August 21, 2010
Firefighters responded to a fire at 460 Arbutus Avenue SE in Roanoke. The call came in at 12:50 p.m. on Saturday and the fire was under control by 1:08 p.m. Five people were in the building when the fire broke out. Two were treated for smoke inhalation on the scene. There were no injuries to EMS personnel. The fire started in the basement and was contained to that area. The cause is still under investigation. Damages to the building are estimated at $10,000.
Justin Ward and WDBJ7 Reporter | February 25, 2013
An emergency for a rescue squad in Henry County and not one that requires an ambulance and fire truck. Mold; lots of mold, is crippling the squad's building. "It's in the ceiling tile, floor tile," said Darren Lockridge, the president of the Martinsville-Henry County Rescue Squad Association who works closely with each volunteer station. It started in the kitchen. "It was just literally soft and rotten to the point where I could grab it with my bare hand and pull it away like it was a soaked sponge," Lockridge said.
Justin McLeod and Reporter | August 12, 2011
He's helped protect and serve the City of Lexington for nearly two decades.  Now a Lexington Police officer and his family need your help getting back on their feet. Mark Riley lives in the Bustleburg section of Rockbridge County.  On April 16th, a storm came through causing major flooding.  At the Riley's home, a basement wall collapsed and it was full of mud as well as several feet of water. Riley told News 7 "you work all your life for everything and just in a moment's notice everything is gone.
Web Staff | November 21, 2012
UPDATE: November 22, 3:00 pm- A Roanoke man has now been charged with murder in a domestic incident in Hurt Park Wednesday. Police have charged Claude Ndumurwanko after they say he stabbed his wife, Miriam Ndarugiriye, and tried to hang himself. Their children were locked inside the home on Salem Avenue during the alleged incident and an adult son likely saved Ndurmurwanko's life. He is currently in the Roanoke city jail. Here is the news release from Roanoke City Police: The Roanoke Police Department makes an arrest in the homicide that occurred on November 21, 2012, in the 1300 block of Salem Avenue.
WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 25, 2012
A Christiansburg woman who planned her husband's murder will serve 40 years in prison. 23-year-old Danielle McPeak was sentenced Friday in Montgomery County. She had already pleaded guilty and been convicted on first-degree murder. In December 2010, McPeak's husband, Matthew McPeak, was ambushed in the basement of his Christiansburg home. Investigators say Matthew McPeak was stabbed to death by Danielle McPeak's boyfriend, Don Walker. Walker is expected to plead guilty on July 3. He is a former U.S. Marine.
WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 9, 2013
Officials carried out a meth lab bust in Salem on Thursday, resulting in the arrest of two Salem residents on related drug and gun charges. According to a news release, Kenneth Shelton, 25, and Lisa Mason, 50, were occupants of the Salem home on North Bruffey Street where the meth lab bust was made. Both were arrested on Thursday and are now facing charges. Officers from the Salem Police Department, Virginia State Police, and the Roanoke DEA Task Force searched the Salem home around 2:30 p.m. as part of a methamphetamine manufacturing investigation.
Chris Hurst and Anchor/Reporter | October 18, 2012
One day in the late 1970's two young girls vanished from school. No sightings, few leads,they're just gone. It's one of the oldest cold cases in the Roanoke Police files. They think they have their man and they believe the girls were murdered. The prime suspect was a convicted killer, but he took any clues to his execution. Those clues might just be buried in rural Bedford County. ***************** "I've come up with a hypothesis of my own," claims Linda Owens. She says a small parcel of land in Bedford County holds the bodies of her kid sister and one of her friends.
July 14, 2011
7 am - 3 pm Cleaning out basement and closets. Clothes, picture frames, suitcases, artificial  floral arrangements, various other items.
Brent Watts and WDBJ7 Meteorologist | January 31, 2013
The Roanoke River crested early Thursday afternoon and is now receding. The water is on it's way back down and is expected to fall below flood stage, but not soon enough for people living along the river. The sound of basement water pumps drowned out the roar of the Roanoke River on Thursday. The creeks feeding it receded first, allowing work crews to remove debris. They also cleared roads in and out of neighborhoods. Those that had the day off watched the water from a safe distance, searching for landmarks that had disappeared in the night.
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