Botetourt County deputies are investigating an apparent murder-suicide.
Officers say a passing citizen found the bodies of a man and woman, both 50 years old, inside a car at around 7:15 last night.
It was parked at Pierce Chapel United Methodist Church near Fincastle.
Deputies say the two were husband and wife, and both had died of gunshot wounds.
A note found with them indicates the deaths were a murder and a suicide.
No more information is being released until family members are located and notified.
A Pulaski soldier who died in Iraq has been laid to rest.
23-year old Michael Dooley's funeral service was held in his wife's hometown of Belmont, Pennsylvania.
Dooley was killed less than two weeks ago, while patrolling a checkpoint near the Iraq-Syrian border.
Michael Dooley is survived by his wife Christine and an unborn son.
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[IN Q=He has been my]
((CHRISTINE DOOLEY/MICHAEL'S WIFE: HE HAS BEEN MY BEST FRIEND, MY SOULMATE, MY HUSBAND, MY SOLIDER, AND HE WILL ALWAYS BE MY HERO AND MY ANGEL.))
[SUPER=01-Christine Dooley/Michael's Wife]
[OUT Q=hero and my angel.]
The Dooley's met in 2000, while Michael was stationed in Bosnia.
The young couple fell in love BY MAIL, after Christine responded to an ad that said troops needed letters from home.
In a letter received just 11 days before his death, Michael told his wife he wanted to name their son Shay.
A Floyd County man will not serve any time in jail for killing his neighbor's dog.
Yesterday, Bob Kempa, Junior pleaded no contest to a felony charge of cruelty to animals that was reduced to a misdemeanor.
His attorney says Kempa shot the German Shepherd when it lunged at him while he was hunting in the Copper Hill area last August.
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[IN Q=My client went home...]
((MIKE MASSEY/BOB KEMPA'S ATTORNEY: MY CLIENT WENT HOME, DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TO DO, LEFT THE DOG THERE, HE WENT HOME, POLICE OFFICERS WERE CANVASSING THE NEIGHBORHOOD LATER THAT DAY TO FIND OUT IF ANYONE KNEW ANYTHING ABOUT IT, AND MY CLIENT 'FESSED UP RIGHT THEN, SAID YOU'RE LOOKING FOR SOMEONE WHO SHOT A DOG, I SHOT THE DOG, SO HE NEVER TRIED TO HIDE ANYTHING, HE JUST SAID "I SHOT THE DOG 'CAUSE IT WAS COMING AT ME.))
((JOHN FALLON/DOG OWNER: IT SEEMS PRETTY COMMON PLACE FOR SICK PEOPLE TO SHOOT PETS UP IN THIS COUNTY AND I DON'T THINK IT WOULD BE BASICALLY PUT UP WITH IF IT WAS IN A LARGER METROPOLITAN AREA.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Massey/Bob Kempa's Attorney; :00]
[SUPER=01-John Fallon/Dog Owner; :20]
[OUT Q=in a larger metropolitan area.]
Fallon says he doesn't know why Kempa was hunting on his property.
Kempa was sentenced to a 30-day suspended jail term and has to pay 35- hundred dollars restitution.
They've voiced their opinions in the General Assembly for years, but soon those voices will no longer be heard in Richmond.
Last night, hundreds gathered for a dinner at the Hotel Roanoke to honor several legislators from our area.
Democratic Delegate Chip Woodrum and Vic Thomas of Roanoke as well as Republican Senator Bo Trumbo of Fincastle will all retire at the end of the year.
That is in addition to the recent retirements of Delegate Richard Cranwell of Vinton and Senator Madison Marye of Shawsville.
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[IN Q=For the Roanoke Valley]
((LARRY SABATO/UVA POLITICAL ANALYST: FOR THE ROANOKE VALLEY IT'S A REAL SETBACK TO LOSE THIS MUCH SENIORITY ALL WITHIN A SPAN OF JUST A COUPLE OF YEARS. IT WILL TAKE DECADES TO REBUILD THAT POWER IN THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY.))
[SUPER=01-Larry Sabato/UVA Political Analyst]
[OUT Q=General Assembly]
The five men have served a combined 130 years in the legislature.
That is why last night's dinner was called "A Tribute to the Titans."
More than one hundred machinists at Norfolk Southern in Roanoke walked the picket lines yesterday, in a strike that lasted less than a day.
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Officials with the International Association of Machinists Local 165 say Norfolk Southern is using unfair trade practices, and is in violation of the Railway Labor Act.
A company spokesperson says the dispute stems from work done on locomotive fuel pumps by the manufacturer.
She says the pumps needed to be replaced under warranty by the manufacturer, instead of local machinists.
A temporary injunction against the union was issued yesterday morning in U-S District Court, forcing the striking employees back to work.
A new grant will ensure that Virginia Tech's Upward Bound Program will continue to reach new heights.
The program is designed to help low-income high school students prepare for college, and yesterday it received a one-point-eight million dollar federal grant to continue its operations over the next four years.
The program serves students from all over the state, but it's goal isn't to get them to Virginia Tech.
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[IN Q=no we're not]
((TOM WILSON/VIRGINIA TECH UPWARD BOUND DIRECTOR: NO WE'RE NOT RECRUITERS FOR TECH, WE'RE JUST TRYING TO HELP THE STUDENTS FIND THE SCHOOL THAT'S BEST FOR THEM SO WE'VE GOT STUDENTS GOING TO SCHOOLS IN MISSOURI, IN NEW YORK NORTH CAROLINA, RADFORD UNIVERSITY, TECH OF COURSE, UVA, BUT OUR PURPOSE IS TO TRY TO HELP STUDENTS FIND THE BEST FIT FOR THEM. 17))
[SUPER=01-Tom Wilson/Virginia Tech Upward Bound Director;]
[OUT Q=for them]
The Upward Bound program at Virginia Tech started in 1967.
It has had proven success, with 95-percent of its students enrolling in college.
Cigarettes is Christiansburg will soon carry a heftier price tag.
The town council voted unanimously last night to put a tax on cigarettes.
That means a smoker will pay an additional twenty cents a pack.
Officials say state budget cuts and a reduction in local revenue are behind the tax, which they hope will generate about 200-thousand dollars per year.
The new tax will take effect on September 1st.
A group of citizens in Petersburg is taking the state to court.
They say the proposed place to house violent sexual predators will be a threat to public safety.
Starting July 1st, the Southside Virginia Training Center will house convicted pedophiles and rapists who are said to be too dangerous to be released.
But the facility is directly across the street from a daycare center.
Last week a group of angry residents filed an injunction against Governor Warner and the state to keep the facility out of their neighborhood.
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[IN Q=WE PURPOSE TO ]
((GOVERNOR MARK WARNER: LET'S REMEMBER THIS WAS A PIECE OF LEGISLATION OVERWHELMINGLY PASSED BY THE LEGISLATURE TO SAY WE NEED TO KEEP THESE PEOPLE IN TREATMENT AND NOT PUT BACK ON THE STREETS. ))
[SUPER=01-Rev. Leonard Davis/Daycare Center Owner; :00]
[OUT Q=NOT PUT BACK ON THE STREETS.]
A hearing on the injunction is set for Friday.
Organizers of Roanoke's 'Fiddlefest' hope a million cans of Pepsi will help them spread the word about the event.
The Pepsi cans include a red, white and blue panel with the fiddlefest logo, and information about the week- long event.
Soon they'll be hitting store shelves in nine states.
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[IN Q=It's hard to put a value]
((MIKE CONNER/FIDDLEFEST CO-CHAIRMAN: THEY WILL BE DISTRIBUTED IN MARYLAND, DELAWARE, BOTH OF THE VIRGINIAS, BOTH CAROLINAS, SOUTHERN PENNSYLVANIA, TENNESSEE AND KENTUCKY, SO WE'VE GOT SOMETHING KIND OF DIFFERENT THERE. IT WAS ABOUT A FIFTY THOUSAND DOLLAR IN KIND DONATION WHICH WAS JUST FANTASTIC.))
[SUPER=01-Mike Conner/Fiddlefest Co-Chairman]
[OUT Q=which was just fantastic.]
Fiddlefest begins July 21st, and will feature more than 60 performers, and more than 70 different events.
Organizers still hope to raise about 60- thousand dollars to cover expenses.
A raffle of musical instruments, a Friday night fundraiser at the Mill Mountain home of Mayor Ralph Smith, and
sales of an Eric Fitzpatrick print should bring them closer to their goal.