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Joe Dashiell and Reporter | January 22, 2013
As the national debate over gun control heats up, radio stations across the country are turning to a Roanoke attorney for an expert's perspective on the issue. Lenden Eakin practices firearms law, but he's also a firearms instructor and dealer who is licensed to sell machine guns.  In the last week, he has talked with more than a dozen radio stations in other states, and turned down requests from many more. He says he has tried to provide "even-keeled information. " "On the gun side there is a lot of emotion and a lot of fingerpointing and name-calling without being factual, without acknowledging that we really do need this discussion," Eakin told WDBJ7 in an interview.
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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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WDBJ7 Web Staff | April 15, 2013
Neil MacInnis, the teenager accused of opening fire Friday at the New River Valley Mall in Christiansburg, was taken into custody with a 12-gauge shotgun that he legally purchased two days before the shooting, investigators say. MacInnis wounded two women inside New River Community College's satellite campus, which is inside the mall. MacInnis' shotgun was bought legally on Wednesday from a licensed dealer in the New River Valley. Nine spent shell casings were recovered inside New River Community College.
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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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