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Good morning, I'm Jennifer Wishon in for Kimberly McBroom.
You may start 2004 out in a jacket, but temperatures are on the rise as the day goes on.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your full Thursday forecast coming up after the news.





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Crews continue to search for a five year old boy in Halifax County.
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Five year old Deandre Barksdale was reported missing Tuesday in Halifax County. The boy wandered away
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from his grandparents home about 5:00 p.m. Tuesday. Trained crews are still searching the woods and fields were he wandered off. Volunteers will head out again today to look for him.

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A Lynchburg child was returned safe and sound after being involved in a suspected parental kidnapping.
3 year old Rachel Bokel (boe-KELL) and her mother were found at Kennedy International Airport last night.
The Lynchburg police department is making arrangements to have the girl returned to the custody of her father.

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Area police departments were out in force for the holiday making sure you don't drink and drive.
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Statistics show drunk driving is on the rise. Last year more than 42-thousand people died on the nation's highways and 41-percent of the deaths were alcohol related.
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Local police and deputies say they have a zero tolerance policy.
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Police say you should stay off the roads if you've had anything to drink. They remind you to appoint a designated driver or to take a cab.
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Heironimus will be a thing of the past by the end of next month.
All of the stores - including the one in Salem - will close by the end of February.
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There's a year left on the lease at Spartan Square. The terms of the lease require Heironimus to remain in business through the end of what's been a 15-year agreement. Property owner L-S Waldrop says he can hold the company to it, but he says "it doesn't make sense." He fully expects the parent company to close Heironimus in Salem when the rest of the stores- -in Roanoke and Lynchburg- -close February 29th. Waldrop says he's confident he can find a new tenant, "equal to or better than what we have now."
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On Monday we incorrectly reported that the parent company- Dunlap, lost money last year. According to Yahoo Finance, revenues were off by 11-and-a half percent from the year before, but not in the red.

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Good morning, I'm Jennifer Wishon-Kimberly McBroom has the day off.
The new year is starting out sunny with temperatures in the high 50's.

Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your end of the week forecast coming up after the news.[55-11Heironimus]


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All of the Heironimus stores - including the one in Salem - will close by the end of February.
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There's a year left on the lease at Spartan Square. The terms of the lease require Heironimus to remain in business through the end of what's been a 15-year agreement. Property owner L-S Waldrop says he can hold the company to it, but he says "it doesn't make sense." He fully expects the parent company to close Heironimus in Salem when the rest of the stores- -in Roanoke and Lynchburg- -close February 29th. Waldrop says he's confident he can find a new tenant, "equal to or better than what we have now."
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On Monday News 7 incorrectly reported that the parent company- Dunlap, lost money last year. According to Yahoo Finance, revenues were off by 11-and-a half percent from the year before, but not in the red.

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Ron Mayfield's family has retained the services of an attorney to help investigate his death- and what led to it.
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The Woodrow Wilson Middle School teacher jumped off
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the Blue Ridge Parkway Bridge over the Roanoke River following allegations that he'd assaulted a student. A decision had been made not to pursue charges against Mayfield, but his family says he was never notified.
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Attorney Frank Rogers says he's already spent "some time" investigating the matter. He says he expects to be able to release his findings sometime early this year.

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No arrests have been made in the pre-dawn robbery of the 7-11 on Route 419.
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Three men approached the clerk with guns and masks about 4:30 yesterday morning, demanding money. The young men took off on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash. The store is off Chaparral Drive and about a mile from Cave Spring High School.
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Virginia's unemployment is at its lowest in more than two years.
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The state average fell a tenth of a point to three- point- three percent.
The Roanoke metro area saw unemployment drop two tenths, coming in at an even three percent.
The Danville metro area saw the biggest improvement for the month. Unemployment there dropped eight tenths of a point. But at seven percent, it is still the highest jobless rate in the state.
Lynchburg's unemployment rate remained unchanged at four- point- three percent.
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Good morning, I'm Jennifer Wishon.
Today will be sunny but clouds will start to move in later setting up for possible showers.
Meteorologist Leo Hirsbrunner will have your weekend forecast coming up after the news.




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Extra police officers were on patrol for new years- cracking down on drunk drivers.
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Statistics show drunk driving is on the rise. Last year more than 42-thousand people died on the nation's highways and 41-percent of the deaths were alcohol related.
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Local police and deputies say they have a zero tolerance policy.
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If you've had anything to drink police say you should stay off the roads. They remind you to appoint a designated driver or take a cab.
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A Greensboro woman who allegedly abandoned her child now faces felony child abuse charges.
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25 year old Tiffney Nicole Williams left a doctor's office in North Carolina with her two year old child Monday morning.
After her boyfriend reported her missing, the child was found alone in a car in the Whittles community of Pittsylvania County.
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Williams was located yesterday about five miles away in Gretna.
After a mental evaluation, she was charged and arrested.
She's being held without bond and her child was turned over to Pittsylvania County Social Services.

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An attorney has been hired by Ron Mayfield's family to help investigate his death and what led to it.
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Attorney Frank Rogers says he's already spent "some time" investigating the matter.

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Many Roanoker's rang in the NEW year with a NEW festival downtown.
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The first ever Midnight on the Market kicked off the new year last night.
The event featured live music and a visit from the "New Year's Baby" at midnight.
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The leadership of the N-double-A-C-P's Roanoke Chapter talks about upcoming changes changes in the new year and what's leading to them.

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[Closing Animation] tonight on News 7 at 6.
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