Roanoke Police are hoping the public can provide information on the events that led up to a man's death.
The man was found dead of a gun shot wound in this green pick-up truck at Norfolk Avenue and 12th Street Southwest yesterday evening.
The victim's identity is not being released until family notification.
At the scene, in order to preserve evidence from rain showers, police covered the area with a tarp, processed the actual crime scene and then transported the vehicle with the body still in it.
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((SHELLY ALLEY/ROANOKE POLICE SPOKESPERSON; WE'LL MOVE THE TRUCK TO A LOCATION A COVERED LOCATION SECURE LOCATION IN ORDER TO CONTINUE TO PROCESS THE EVIDENCE INSIDE AND OUTSIDE OF THE TRUCK))
[SUPER=01-Shelly Alley/Roanoke City Police Spokesperson;]
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This case marks the 12th murder in the City of Roanoke this year. Anyone with information should call Roanoke police.
A police chase in Montgomery County ended in a crash.
It began around three yesterday afternoon on Route-Eleven in Christiansburg, when officers say they tried to pull over 21-year-old Josiah Clark of Blacksburg for speeding.
The chase ended almost a half hour later when Clark's car hit the back of a pickup in front of the Huckleberry Inn.
Clark was the only one hurt in the crash.
He was taken to Montgomery Regional Hospital for minor injuries.
Police say he will face several charges, including driving with a suspended license.
Danville Regional Health System is eliminating 70-positions.
The move is part of an overall reduction in expenses that will save the facility about three-million dollars.
Hospital officials blame the cuts on Medicaid changes passed by the General Assembly this year.
Danville Regional is reducing the number of Medicaid beds at its nursing facility and it's eliminating the outpatient pediatric rehab program.
Of the 70-jobs cut, 26 were already vacant. Officials say the nurse to patient ratio is NOT being affected.
Martinsville City Council unveiled its proposed budget last night.
It includes a 2 point 2-5 percent pay increase for city employees.
Overall, the budget spends more than one million dollars less than the current fiscal year.
In order to generate revenue, the proposed budget calls for a 20 cent per pack cigarette tax and a two percent lodging tax.
It also plans increases in garbage collection fees, the vehicle tax and the meals tax.
City council will review and ammend the total budget during work sessions starting on May first.
More details are turning up on what occurred the night Franklin County former public safety director Claude Webster was shot.
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His ex-girlfriend had sworn out a warrant against him for stalking.
When officers arrived at Webster's mother's home, he wouldn't come to the door.
The County dispatcher called and told him the officers were there to arrest him.
He went to the door with a gun in his hand, and the two officers shot him.
Deputy Todd Maxey and Animal Control Supervisor Marvin Woodson were placed on leave WITH pay.
State police are investigating.
Deborah Lawless says Claude Webster continued to threaten her with phone calls and e-mails, even after she had broken off her relationship with him in February.
Lawless says he told her he would die before he let her go.
Lawless says she didn't want Webster to be arrested, but decided to swear out the warrant after he drove his car into her garage door on Monday.
Speaking with News 7 yesterday afternoon, Lawless said "He needed help and I think he was crying for help, and I couldn't help him."
At the Franklin County Courthouse and on the streets of Rocky Mount, friends and former colleagues reacted to news of the shooting with shock and sadness.
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((RICHARD HUFF/COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: CLAUDE WAS GOOD AT WHAT HE DID. HE GAVE IT HIS ALL. HE GAVE IT 110 PERCENT ALL THE TIME AND HE'S BEEN MISSED EVEN SINCE HE LEFT HIS EMPLOYMENT WITH COUNTY GOVERNMENT. AND YES IT CONTINUES TO BE A DIFFICULT SITUATION.))
((CLIFF HAPGOOD/COMMONWEALTH'S ATTORNEY: EVERYBODY KNEW CLAUDE. I THINK THEY RESPECTED THE JOB THAT HE DID. I THINK THAT WE REALIZED THAT CLAUDE RECENTLY HAD HAD SOME PROBLEMS, BUT IT WASN'T IN ANYBODY'S MIND THAT THIS WOULD BE THE RESULT.))
[SUPER=01-Richard Huff/Franklin Co. Administrator; :00]
[SUPER=01-Cliff Hapgood/Commonwealth's Attorney; :19]
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Webster served as Franklin County's public safety director for almost ten years, before he resigned last year.
In separate incidents, he faced charges of brandishing a firearm and driving under the influence.
Friends and former colleagues say they had tried to help Webster, and some who had spoken with him recently said he appeared to be putting his personal problems behind him.
The first of five men charged with beating a Lynchburg man to death is headed to prison for the crime.
24-year-old Shamaine Lamont Horsley was found guilty of first degree murder yesterday for the death of 28-year-old Ronald L. Brooks Junior last June.
Horsley and four other men beat Brooks to death in the 100 block of Jackson Street after Brooks had gone there reportedly looking to buy crack cocaine.
Horsley's attorneys had argued their client was "not" responsible for delivering the lethal blows that killed Brooks.
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((MARK ARTHUR/DEFENSE ATTORNEY: WE ARE WORKING ON THE APPEAL, AND HE UNDERSTANDS THE JURY CAME TO A DECISION AND HE RESPECTS THAT, BUT AT THE SAME TIME HE DOESN'T FEEL LIKE THE ISSUES IN THE CASE HAVE BEEN FULLY DECIDED.))
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The jury recommended a 20-year prison term for Horsley.
One of the other defendants has pleaded guilty and is testifying against the other three suspects in the killing.
They'll be tried separately later this spring.
A construction project that would add turn lanes to an intersection near Smith Mountain Lake has been put on hold.
According to the Bedford County Supervisors, dozens of public comments about the project were forged.
In 1998, Bedford County Supervisors added the turn-lane project for the White House area of Routes 608 and 626 to their 6-year plan.
Before the vote was reaffirmed late last year, Supervisors took into consideration dozens of public comment cards, many of which turned out to be fake.
The county is requesting a police investigation.
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((BILL ROLFE/BEDFORD COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR: WE DON'T FEEL THAT THIS KIND OF BEHAVIOR IS PROPER AND WE'RE GONNA BE LOOKING AT WHAT KIND OF PROCEDURE WE CAN DEVELOP TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN PEOPLE MAKE WRITTEN COMMENTS THAT WE'RE GETTING COMMENTS FROM PEOPLE THAT ACTUALLY EXIST.))
[SUPER=01-Bill Rolfe/Bedford Co. Administrator;]
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A spokesperson for VDOT says she doesn't think a crime has been committed.
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((LAURA BULLOCK/VDOT SPOKESPERSON: THE COMMENT SHEETS ARE LOOKED AT CLOSELY BUT WHAT WE LOOK FOR IS CONSTRUCTIVE CRITICISM THAT WOULD HELP US MAKE THE PROJECT BETTER.))
[SUPER=01-Laura Bullock/Virginia Department of Transportation;]
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The Bedford County Commonwealth's Attorney did not return our call for comment.