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Tim Saunders and Reporter/Lynchburg Bureau Chief | July 27, 2010
Lynchburg police are looking for the person who shot and killed a family pet last week. Investigators say a male beagle mix was found shot to death Thursday night on Buchanan Street.  The owner of the dog told police the animal was not known to be aggressive. The animal had broken loose from its owner's property and was shot along Pierce Street. Neighbors reported hearing one shot being fired around the time the incident was reported. No witnesses have been located and police do not have a suspect.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | July 26, 2012
A Martinsville man facing charges for a Roanoke murder has been acquitted. 42-year-old Terry Preston was on trial for the death of 19-year-old Patrick Dennis. Dennis was found shot to death in October. A jury in the City of Roanoke on Thursday morning found Preston not guilty of murder and the use of a firearm in commission of a murder. To read WDBJ7's original story about the murder, click here .
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September 24, 2011
The Roanoke Police Department is investigating a robbery that occurred last night. Officers were called to the Burlington Coat Factory on Hershberger Road around 9:00 p.m. Witnesses said two suspects walked into the store and demanded money, one suspect had a firearm. The suspects got away with an undisclosed amount of money. No one was hurt and no arrests have been made. The suspects are described as two black males wearing black hooded sweatshirts. Anyone with information should contact the Roanoke Police Department at 540-853-5959 or Crime Line at 540-344-8500.
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August 25, 2011
The ten-year-old brother who killed his teenage sister in Radford has been charged.  Police say the boy will be charged with reckless handling of a firearm. Investigators told NEWS7 at the time they believe it was an accident. ----------- UPDATED 10:30 p.m. Sunday An investigator tells News7, they have "no reason to believe that the shooting was not accidental. " ------------------------------------------------------------ UPDATED 8:25 p.m. The Radford City Police Department says a 14-year-old girl died in a shooting today.
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Elizabeth Harrington and Reporter | December 21, 2011
Forget the mall. Some people are shopping for Christmas gifts at gun shops. Nationwide gun sales are up. Last month background checks were done for 1.5 million people according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Most of those translate into gun sales. Business has been steady at Bryansteens Gun and Archery in Roanoke. Between hunting and Christmas gifts demand is high this time of year. The owner says sales are up compared to last year. "It's kind of a tradition," says Paul Hylton, owner of Bryansteens, "Virginia is steeped in tradition and firearms have been a big part of it. So it's not unusual for us to be busy at Christmas time.
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Tim Saunders/Karen Kiley and Reporter | December 30, 2010
Police have made a second arrest in connection with a home invasion and robbery on Link Road on December 21st. Charles Anthony Horsley was arrested Thursday and charged with robbery, abduction, burglary and three counts of using a firearm during the commission of a felony.  ------------- Lynchburg police have arrested a man in connection with a home invasion and robbery that happened just before Christmas. Stefan Emanuel Hairston was taken into custody at a home on Federal street Tuesday.
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Chris Hurst/Web Staff and Reporter | January 19, 2011
A Clifton Forge man faces two charges for his role in a hunting accident in Alleghany County last year.  A grand jury indicted Burrell Hall, age 46, of Clifton Forge on January 10th.  He was arrested and charged with one count involuntary manslaughter and one count reckless handling of a firearm.  Hall is accused of killing 27-year-old Travis Scott Persinger during a hunting trip near Low Moor on November 13th.  Hall and Persinger were part of a group hunting in the George Washington National Forest on Rich Patch Road.
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Tim Saunders and WDBJ Staff | December 4, 2012
The jury is now deliberating the case.  --------------- Closing arguments are now underway in the Wesley Earnest case. DAY NINE: November 19, 2010 Testimony ended Friday morning with the conclusion of the defense case and a surprising revelation from Earnest, who claims he entered his wife's house before her death without her permission. The admission came as Earnest re-took the stand for cross-examination.  Prosecutors asked Earnest about a time in 2006 when he entered Jocelyn Earnest's Pine Bluff home uninvited.  Wesley admitted to climbing in through a window.  At this point, Jocelyn had changed the locks on her home and Wesley was unable to gain entry through a doorway.  While in the home, prosecutors asked Earnest if he wrote on a "timeline," to which Earnest did not recall.
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March 22, 2010
News7's Tim Saunders is in the courtroom in Bedford.  He'll be posting updates throughout the trial. DAY TEN - April 5 UPDATED: 4:54 p.m. Wesley Earnest's mother nearly collapses after hearing her son's verdict. "I feel that the jury did what they thought that they needed to do, but I think it was done on speculation and distortion of the facts. My son is innocent. I believe that in my heart. I love Jocelyn, but my son did not murder this woman," said Patricia Wimmer, Wesley Earnest's mother.
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Web Staff | January 13, 2011
Police arrested four people in connection with the December 23rd and January 10th robberies of the Sunshine Express Market on Pollard Street in Lynchburg. Those arrested: December 23rd robbery: Patty L. Whitehead of Lynchburg - Conspiracy to commit robbery Levar D. Washington of Lynchburg - Robbery and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony Steven W Thompson, Jr. of Lynchburg - Robbery, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony Gregory T. Stewart of Lynchburg - Robbery and the use of a firearm in the commission of a felony   January 10th robbery: Steven W. Thompson, Jr. of Lynchburg - Grand larceny and wearing a mask in public Gregory T Stewart of Lynchburg - Grand larceny  
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