A special grand jury in Nelson County has finished its investigation into the 1998 murder of Jeffrey Quick.. but has "not" issued any indictments.
Quick disappeared from his home near Tyro nearly five years ago.
Campbell County resident Frank Farinacci was seen there several times that day.. and the jury believes Farinacci, acting alone, murdered Quick.
Farinacci was killed by his wife last February..
authorities say Elizabeth Farinacci murdered her husband to cover up her own role in the disposal of Quick's body which has never been recovered.
The rest of the grand jury's report has been sealed.
The Reverend Jerry Falwell says the city of Lynchburg has nothing to fear from his planned purchase of the Ericsson industrial site on Candler's Mountain Road.
Falwell is buying the 900-thousand square foot facility for ten million dollars, and plans to relocate his Thomas Road Baptist Church and Lynchburg Christian Academy there.
He's not asking the city to rezone the property.. only to allow him to locate a church there under the law's compatible use clause.
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[IN Q=And some of]
((JERRY FALWELL JR./LIBERTY UNIVERSITY ATTORNEY: AND SOME OF THE USES THAT ARE PERMITTED BY RIGHT ARE UNION HALLS, ARMORIES, OTHER USES THAT ARE SIMILAR TO CHURCHES IN THAT THEY INVOLVE PUBIC ASSEMBLY, SO WE THINK IT'S A REASONABLE WAY TO GO.))
[SUPER=01-Jerry Falwell, Jr./Liberty University Attorney]
[OUT Q=way to go.]
Falwell would continue to lease about a third of the property to S-C-I manufacturing.
He also wants to sell about 20 acres of land to a developer to turn into a retail shopping center.
The Roanoke Dazzle showed students from Southside what can happen when you reach for the sky.
Nearly 300-students from Rich Acres Elementary in Martinsville sat in on a Dazzle practice session yesterday.
The trip was a reward offered by Dazzle sponsor Taco Bell for buckling down and reading.
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[IN Q=It's kinda hard but then...]
((CHASE GRIFFITH/1ST GRADE STUDENT: IT'S KINDA HARD BUT THEN IT STARTED GETTING A LITTLE BIT EASIER.))
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
((D'ANDRA HUGHES/3RD GRADE STUDENT: WE'RE HERE TODAY BECAUSE MOSTLY ALL OF US MET OUR READING GOALS AND WE'RE JUST HERE TO HAVE FUN.))
[BUTT BUTT BUTT]
((SUSAN ROUPE/READING SPECIALIST: IT'S SO EXCITING TO SEE THESE KIDS HERE. THIS MANY, BUT IT'S WORTH EVERY MINUTE AND EVERYTHING WE HAVE TO GO THROUGH TO GET 'EM HERE AND BACK SAFELY TO HAVE A GOOD TIME TODAY.))
[SUPER=01-Chase Griffith/1st Grade Student; :00 QUICK!!!]
[SUPER=01-D'Andra Hughes/3rd Grade Student; :03]
[SUPER=01-Susan Roupe/Reading Specialist; :10]
[OUT Q=to have a good time today.]
After practice, the kids joined the Dazzle players for a catered lunch.
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The New River Valley's Volvo plant is preparing for an increase in production.
The company says it plans to recall 300-laid off workers sometime in late April.
Officials say they plan to increase the production rate for both of its truck lines around that time, and will need more people to get the job done.
Officials say the plant will increase its daily Volvo truck production from 44-a-day to 56 and its Mack line from 18 to 43-a-day.
About 18-hundred people now work at the Dublin plant.
That's about the same number of people laid off from the plant over the last two years.
It's costing more to gas up in Virginia.
Triple-A reports the price of gas has risen six cents per
gallon over the last month.
It's blaming reduced oil and gas exports from Venezuela and the threat of war with Iraq.
In Virginia, the average price for self- serve regular gas is now
a-dollar--41 a gallon.
But officials say some of the lowest gas prices are in Roanoke, where it's going for a-dollar--36 a gallon.
It has been two years since fire destroyed the old passenger station for the Virginian Railway.
Today's anniversary may bring a plan to save the Roanoke landmark.
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The building suffered heavy damage when fire spread from a burning trailer nearby.
The Roanoke Chapter of the National Railway Historical Society and the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation have scheduled a news conference at the site this morning.
And officials say they will discuss the fate of the station then.
A High School student athlete who some would call a hero, has received a special honor.
16 year old Aaron Conner got special recognition last night for breaking up a robbery at a Roanoke restaurant.
Roanoke County Supervisors thanked the teenager for tackling a masked man who had just taken money from a Western Sizzlin cashier.
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[IN Q=It's one thing]
((FUZZY MINNIX/ROANOKE CO. SUPERVISOR; IT'S ONE THING TO HAVE GOOD INTENTIONS WHEN SOMETHING'S GOING ON, BUT QUITE ANOTHER TO SIEZE THE BULL BY THE HORNS AND GET THERE.))
[OUT Q=and get there.]
Conner is a running back for William Byrd High School.
A new bill approved by the House of Delegates has some lawmakers concerned that it may prevent some families from seeking help.
The new bill requires clergy members to report suspected child abuse or neglect.
Delegate Kathy Byron's bill would add members of the clergy to the list of occupations that must tell the state when they see evidence of child neglect and abuse.
Teachers and social workers are already required to do so.
But some lawmakers say it may hurt the relationships priests or pastors have with their congregation.
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((DEL. JACKIE STUMP/(D) BUCHANAN CO.: I THINK YOU'RE GOING TO SEE ALOT OF PEOPLE WILL STOP GOING TO THEIR PASTORS BECAUSE THEY'RE GOING TO BE AFRAID.))
((DEL. KATHY BYRON/(R) LYNCHBURG: WE CERTAINLY WANT TO MAKE SURE WE'RE PROTECTING THE CONFIDENTIALITY BETWEEN A PASTOR AND HIS CONGREGATION BUT BY THE SAME TOKEN WE HAVE SMALL CHILDREN WE WANT TO SEE THEY ARE PROTECTED AND GET THE PROTECTIONS THEY DESERVE AS WELL.))
[OUT Q=THEY DESERVE AS WELL.]
The Senate has already approved a similar measure.
It could be some time before officials determine the cause of a deadly fire Botetourt County.
Investigators continue to comb through the log house on Catawba Road where three people were killed on Monday.
Neighbors identify the victims as Michol Street and his two young children Austin and Jessica.
Roanoke County, the A-T-F and a K-9 dog are helping Botetourt officials gather evidence.
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[IN Q=well you ]
((RONALD SPRINKLE/BOTETOURT CO. SHERIFF; WELL YOU GOT A LARGE FIRE HERE YOU KNOW YOU'VE ALSO GOT THREE PEOPLE THAT WERE RECOVERED FROM THE FIRE AND WE WANT TO GO TO THE EXTRA MILE AND MAKE SURE EVERYTHING IS GOING TO BE ALRIGHT HERE. ))
[SUPER=01-Ronald Sprinkle/Botetourt Co. Sheriff;]
[OUT Q=ALRIGHT HERE.]
Sheriff Sprinkle says large timbers are being taken from the fire scene for examination.
While there are no signs of foul play at this point, the site is being guarded around the clock.
Residents and local leaders hope a new police station will help bring a new sense of community to Southeast Roanoke.
Officials cut the ribbon yesterday at 10-15 Jamison Avenue.
The site will house the new offices of the department's COPE squad.
COPE stands for Community Oriented Policing Effort.
The office was opened as a way to address the concerns of the community.
The renovated fire station will also be used periodically as extra office space and as a meeting place for local citizens.
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Old violins have new life as pieces of art.
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