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Franklin County High School creates an escape room for fundraising purposes

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - Franklin County High School put on a fundraiser unlike any other. It's a spooky Escape Room. The theme is "Vlad's Castle." Five students sign up to play puzzles and escape the room in one hour. It's to raise money for the Technology Student Association, so that the grou


Virginia man found guilty in crash that killed woman

Leonardtown, MD - A Danville, VA man charged with several counts in connection with a September 2017 motor vehicle crash that claimed the life of a St. Mary’s County woman, was found guilty Friday, March 22 criminally negligent manslaughter with a motor vehicle, court records stated. A jury found th


Several arrested on drug charges during police patrols in Franklin County

FRANKLIN Co. (WSET) -- Several people were arrested on various charges following roving saturation patrols in Franklin County on March 11. The purpose of the patrols was to increase the visibility of law enforcement on certain roads within the county and ticket offenders as necessary.


Lies, bribery, obstruction: Virginia State Police special agent convicted in federal court

ABINGDON, Va. — After deliberating for about five hours, a federal jury found a Virginia State Police special agent charged with soliciting sex from confidential drug informants guilty of bribery, obstruction of justice and making false statements to the FBI.


Police: Virginia Gymnastics coach had sexual relationship with teen

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Va. (AP) - A Virginia gymnastics coach has been arrested on charges that he had an inappropriate sexual relationship with a teenage girl. Fairfax County police said 28-year-old Aryan Mazloum-Yazdi has been charged with five counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and one c


Miss Greater Franklin County and Miss Crooked Road selected

Caroline Domo, a 20-year-old from Chester, was selected Miss Greater Franklin County 2019. She is currently a sophomore at Virginia Wesleyan University double majoring in Therapeutic Recreation and Psychology. She performed a baton twirling routine during the talent competition. Her platform is titl


Franklin County's new demographics

The latest population estimates recently released for every Virginia city and county contain a small bombshell: Franklin County is losing population. This is a reversal of historic trends that is so dramatic it’s hard to overstate.


Woman ejected from car, dies in Virginia Beach crash

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A 28-year-old woman was killed when she lost control of her car in Virginia Beach Saturday morning. Virginia State Police was called to a car crash around 2:11 a.m. in the westbound lanes of Interstate 264 near the Witchduck Road ramp, Sgt. Michelle Anaya said in a news release


Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signs bill, life sentence for the murder of a law enforcement officer

May 26 will mark two years since a Virginia State Police Special Agent was shot in the line of duty. Agent Michael T. Walter died after being shot during an operation in Richmond, Virginia in 2017.


Virginia officer arrested, accused of soliciting minor for sex

CHESTERFIELD, Va. (WWBT) — The Chesterfield County Police Department says an officer has been arrested and fired after being accused of soliciting a minor for sex. Simeon Isaiah Crispin Steers-Smith, 30, of Richmond, was charged by the Hanover County Sheriff’s Office on Friday with three felony coun


Roanoke police chief says he felt his choice was apologize or resign

One day after Roanoke Police Chief Tim Jones apologized for remarks that some interpreted as blaming victims of rape, he told supporters he felt the only other option was to resign.


Don't miss celebrating National Puppy Day

ROANOKE, Va. - Social media will likely be flooded with adorable, wide-eyed, wet-nosed puppy pictures today in honor of National Puppy Day. The day of observance was set up to acknowledge a dog's unconditional love as well as raise awareness.


Students drove their tractors to school for FFA Tractor Day

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ) - It's not a unique sight to see tractors on our local roads, but how about seeing them parade into a high school parking lot. Friday, some students chose to drive tractors to school.


2019 Western Virginia Regional Science Fair Franklin County winners

Franklin County students recieved top awards at the 2019 Western Virginia Regional Science Fair at Roanoke College. Students, who attend the Roanoke Valley Governor’s School for Science and Technology, incorporated microbiology, animal sciences, biomedical sciences, plant science and others into the


Two 22-year-old men charged with burglarizing Cave Spring High construction site

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. - Two 22-year-old men are charged with burglarizing Cave Spring High School. Around 1:30 a.m. Sunday, a Roanoke County police officer noticed a vehicle parked in front of the high school near the construction fence. There was a gap between the fence so the officer checked the con


Four local hospitals penalized for conditions acquired by inpatients

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- As the largest medical facility in Southwest Virginia, Carilion's Roanoke Memorial Hospital treats some of the area's sickest patients. "We have all the resources available, as the Level One trauma center in this region, to take care of the sickest of the sick," said Jonathan


Pleasant memories of the past

Facebook brought back pleasant memories of the past on this Saturday morning. One was a wedding anniversary note from a lady honoring her 45 years together with the husband she loves. The lady in question is an old friend and former classmate in our high school days.


Roanoke officials remind residents not to toss dog poo down storm drain

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Roanoke County authorities are asking residents in a Hollins neighborhood to not throw bags of dog poop down the storm drains. One of those residents, Kristin Powell, showed WDBJ7 the letter.


SPORTS BRIEFS: Ferrum blanks Emory & Henry in baseball

EMORY – Ferrum College manufactured all the runs it would need in the top of the second inning Wednesday en route to a 7-0 Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC) baseball victory over Emory & Henry College.


Franklin Road bridge reopens in Roanoke

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ7) -- A two-year wait ended Friday, as the new Franklin Road Bridge opened in Roanoke. Mayor Sherman Lea and other leaders cut the ribbon the new structure that will see close to 10,000 cars a day.