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Man pleads guilty to second-degree murder in Roanoke woman's death

ROCKY MOUNT - A Franklin County homicide case, with branches that also stretched from Roanoke to Raleigh, North Carolina, was resolved via plea agreement Thursday, just a few weeks before it was scheduled to be heard by a jury. Lamarre Maurice Camper, 50, pleaded guilty to an amended count of the se

MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN - 2018-03-22 22:56:00

Lots of snow will fall, less will stick, but possibly several inches

This is my approximate snow map for Saturday-Sunday -- approximate with boundaries (please don't give me grief if you think a line is 5 miles off) and approximate with snow accumulations. This is mostly to illustrate in a general manner what I'm describing below. The whole forecast is subject to var

MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN - 2018-03-23 14:00:00

Roanoke police make arrest in Valley View hit and run

ROANOKE, Va. - Roanoke police have arrested the man accused in a hit and run that happened at Valley View Mall. On December 2, officers near the mall were attempting to stop a vehicle. They said the man ignored the officers, who were on bikes, and fled the area. As the driver was leaving the area,

WSLS - 2018-03-23 14:16:41

Franklin County students jump into action to assist bus driver in accident

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) -- A Franklin County bus driver suffered injuries after swerving to avoid hitting an oncoming vehicle during a Thursday afternoon bus run. According to a release from Franklin County Public Schools, Teresa Dooley, a veteran bus driver of 4 1/2 years was driving along R

WDBJ7.COM - 2018-03-23 22:41:00

Henry County indictments linked to undercover operation

COLLINSVILLE-Most of the indictments handed down Monday in Henry County came as the result of a drug sting operation. Officials from the Henry County Sheriff's Office said in a statement Wednesday the department had been conducting an undercover operation for the last year, with the goal of cracking

MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN - 2018-03-22 01:52:00

Owner of 5 Virginia pharmacies accused of payroll tax violation

The owner of five Virginia pharmacies, including one in Rocky Mount, has been accused of a payroll tax violation. Jerry R. Harper Jr., 58, of Collinsville pleaded not guilty Tuesday in Roanoke federal court to a single felony count that says he violated the federal tax code. On Wednesday, a judge sc


Salem restaurant hold-up, car theft bring Florida man 4 years in prison

A man who stole a car that was idling outside a convenience store, and then later used a gun to hold up a Salem restaurant, has drawn a four-year prison term for those crimes. Donald Paul, 27, of Orlando, Florida, pleaded no contest Wednesday to robbery, use of a firearm to commit a felony and grand

MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN - 2018-03-23 17:45:00

Roanoke jury recommends 44 years for man who wounded neighbor with gun

After more than a day of hearing evidence in a Roanoke shooting case, jurors on Friday afternoon found the defendant guilty on four criminal charges and recommended he serve 44 years in prison. Alphonzo Lewis Lawson, 38, was tried on charges of attempted murder, aggravated malicious wounding and tw

MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN - 2018-03-23 21:30:00

2 people shot in Rockingham County

(JJ Murphy/WGHP) ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, N.C. - Two people were shot in Rockingham County on Wednesday evening. The shooting happened on Dover Circle, south of Reidsville. Rockingham County sheriff's deputies and EMS are on the scene. There is no word on the extent of the victims' injuries or what led u

MY FOX 8 - 2018-03-21 23:45:20

Spring dives off deep end with odd weekend snow setup

No rest for weather watchers and the winter weary. We are likely to see significant to heavy snowfall this weekend across much of Southwest Virginia from quite an odd duck of a storm, which, if it comes to fruition, will add to the strangeness of a winter/early spring that has had bitter cold, reco

ROANOKE TIMES - 2018-03-22 14:00:00

Snow and cold isn't getting Martinsville Speedway campers down

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WDBJ7) The campers at the Martinsville Speedway are tough. They aren't letting a little snow and cold weather bring their spirits down. The campers say they're here to enjoy their week regardless of the forecast. One crew calls themselves the Martinsville Family. "We're here with

WDBJ7.COM - 2018-03-21 23:29:00

Christiansburg Hobby Lobby to open next week, plans filed for new restaurants nearby

Hobby Lobby is planning to open its Christiansburg store on March 26, but the shopping center springing up around the craft store is just getting started. Plans filed with the town of Christiansburg this month show developers hope to build an additional 7,000-square-foot building that will sit in wh

ROANOKE TIMES - 2018-03-22 15:39:00

Pleasant Friday; Snow moves in Saturday morning

ROANOKE, Va. - The breeze will remain elevated across the region, but more sunshine breaks free through Friday. High temperatures Friday afternoon push back into the low-to-mid-50s. WEEKEND SNOW: Clouds move in overnight and early Saturday morning to make way for snow chances late Saturday morning.

WSLS - 2018-03-23 09:44:53

Officials take action on safety

Franklin County Public Schools are working with the Sheriff's Office and Rocky Mount Police Department to update plans, policies and procedures designed to ensure safety -- including more law enforcement in schools. At Monday night's school board meeting, Superintendent Mark Church, the school's Dir


UPDATE: Medical Examiner determines medical issue caused death of man found in Roanoke home

A Medical Examiner has determined that a man found dead in a home on Padbury Avenue on Tuesday died of natural causes due to a medical issue. ORIGINAL STORY: A death investigation is underway after a man was found dead in a home on Padbury Avenue on Tuesday morning. When officers approached the res


Roanoke woman pleads to 5 felonies after wounding clerk during hold-up

Prosecutors said Dawn Michele Whitlock shouted "Money! Money! Money!" as she tried to rob a northwest Roanoke convenience store last September, and security video of the incident corroborates that degree of frenzy. The 44-year-old Whitlock was captured on camera pointing a .25-caliber handgun at a f


Winter weather leads to closings and delays

MARTINSVILLE-If you have to head out this morning, go slow. That was the request early Wednesday morning from the Virginia State Police, as rain eventually turned to sleet and snow during the overnight hours. "Fewer vehicles on the highways allow VDOT faster access and ability to treat and clear the


Roanoke Man Sentenced in Martinsville for part in Nationwide Sting

A nationwide project in 2017 called "Operation Broken Heart 4" included law enforcement task forces across the country arresting 1,012 suspects linked to child pornography and child solicitation cases from more than 40 states in a two-month sting operation. Locally Judge Carter Greer sentenced Timot


Public's help needed in opioid abuse fight

What's become a national scourge with serious implications here in our own back yard of Franklin County needs to be challenged head-on. The tragic assault of opioid overdoses and deaths and their tragic tolls on society have to be answered with a better informed public and support for law enforcemen


Historic mansion in northwest Roanoke added to state landmarks register

The antebellum mansion that served as the Villa Heights recreation center in northwest Roanoke in recent decades has been added to the Virginia Landmarks Register. Built in 1820, the house was owned by Lt. Col. Elijah McClanahan, a War of 1812 veteran who was married to Agatha Lewis, the daughter of