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WDBJ7 Web Staff | July 31, 2012
Officials with Roanoke County say a phone message sent out to its residents about an escaped inmate was just a test. The recorded message began by saying that the message was a test. But several residents were confused because the message gave specific detail about an inmate escape. A representative from Roanoke County says the message was supposed to go out to a number of people who agreed to help test the emergency alert system, but instead the message went out to everyone with a landline telephone.
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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.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 22, 2012
A dog that bit a Roanoke City Police officer while running loose Tuesday was later shot and killed by officers. The pit bull's owner could face charges because the dog was under a quarantine notice in Roanoke County for biting someone on May 16. According to a news release from the Roanoke Police Department, the pit bull was spotted running on the 2400 block of Shenandoah Avenue around 11:35 a.m. Tuesday. Officer Gibson got out of his patrol vehicle, and the 62-pound dog bit him on the foot, and then took off. A short time later, the dog was spotted in a storage lot in the 2400 block of Jamison Avenue.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 22, 2012
A drunk-driver who seriously hurt four people when he crashed in Elliston in August will serve eight years in prison. James Rickman pleaded guilty to the charges in February. On Tuesday he was sentenced to 25 years in prison, suspended after eight years. According to a news release from the Montgomery County Commonwealth's Attorney, the eight years is more than three times the active sentence recommended by state sentencing guidelines. Here is the news release from the Montgomery County Commonwealth's Office: A drunk-driver who seriously injured four people when he crashed into them has been sentenced by a Montgomery County Circuit Court judge to 25 years in prison, suspended after he serves 8 years.  The 8 years is more than three times the active sentence recommended by state sentencing guidelines.
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David Seidel and Assignment Manager | May 14, 2012
Bedford police have charged two teenagers with vandalising Bedford Middle School.  According to a news release the 14-year-olds are charged with: Breaking and entering Felony property damage Attempted arson Trespassing on school property after hours -------------------- Police are trying to figure out who broke into Bedford Middle School early Sunday and damaged some electronics. The break-in was discovered around 12:30 Sunday morning when firefighters and county sheriff's deputies responded to a fire alarm.  According to a news release from the city police department, the vandal broke the glass on a door and entered the building.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | May 2, 2012
A Virginia State trooper who was hit by a car last week on Route 29 in Amherst County has been released from the hospital. Trooper D.T. Wilson is now recovering at his Campbell County home. Wilson was hit by a car while helpling another man pick up furniture that had fallen from his truck. That other man, Alfred C. Perutelli, III, 53, of Gladstone was killed in the accident. The 22-year-old driver of the car that hit Wilson and Perutelli has not been charged. ------------------------------- From April 26 Virginia State Police investigators say charges are still pending against the driver of a Nissan Altima that struck and killed a man and seriously injured a state trooper on Wednesday on Route 29 in Amherst County.
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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.
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WDBJ7 Web Staff | April 5, 2012
Two Halifax County High School employees were arrested Thursday after getting into a fight with each other at the school. 39-year-old Joanna Barksdale of Halifax and 40-year-old Yahima Claughton of South Boston have been charged with disorderly conduct. Police say they got into a fight at the school Thursday afternoon around 1:40 p.m. According to a news release, Barksdale and Claughton are para-professionals at Halifax County High School. No students were involved in the fight.
SPORTS
WDBJ7 Web Staff | March 26, 2012
The Virginia Tech men's basketball team has granted JT Thompson his release from the team. Thompson says he's leaving the program to be closer to his daughter. Thompson, a fifth-year senior, will file a waiver to try and get a sixth year of eligibility from the NCAA. Thompson has missed the past two seasons because of knee injuries. “I have had a great five-year experience here at Virginia Tech,” Thompson said in a news release from Virginia Tech. “I leave Blacksburg with my degree and with a lifetime of friends.
NEWS
WDBJ7 Web Staff | March 26, 2012
The Roanoke Police Department is investigating a break in that happened Sunday night at Replay Games on Orange Avenue. According to a news release, merchandise was stolen from the store. No one has been arrested yet. Here's the news release from the Roanoke Police Department: Officers responded on March 25, 2012, at 10:56 p.m. to Replay Games located in the 2200 block of Orange Avenue.  Upon arrival officers determined that the building had been entered and merchandise was taken.
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