Formal sentencing was postponed today in Grayson County for convicted murderer Emmett Cressell Junior.
A jury in November found Cressell guilty of burning and beheading former Marine Garnett "G-P" Johnson. Cressell was supposed to be sentenced by Circuit Judge Colin Campbell this morning. His attorneys asked for the delay to give them more time to prepare to argue for a lighter sentence.
They did not receive the court's presentencing report until late last week.
Cressell faces anywhere from 20 years to life in prison.
Sentencing is now set for January 29th.
California authorities say skeletal remains found earlier this week are those of a missing 13-year-old girl.
Christina Williams vanished seven months ago while walking her dog.
Only the dog returned from the walk.
Christina's remains were found Wednesday on a former Army base 3 miles from her home.
Identification was made through dental records.
So far no suspects have been arrested.
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The cause of death has not been determined.
Roanoke's branch of the N-double-A-C-P must hold another election for president.
Brenda Hale beat Martin Jeffrey by three votes last November -- but now national officials say that doesn't count.
Part of the membership list was missing so many would-be voters were turned away.
National officials think that may have influenced the result.
So the chapter must hold another election within a month.
In the meantime Jeffrey gets to keep his seat as president.
The financial incentives that persuaded Volvo Trucks to add nearly 13-hundred jobs in Pulaski County could cost state and local governments up to 50 million dollars over the next ten years.
But Governor Gilmore says the investment is worth it.
He says performance guarantees will insure that Volvo delivers on the promised jobs, before the company receives the incentives.
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((GOV. JIM GILMORE: THIS ANALYSIS HAS BEEN DONE. WE'RE NOT EVER GOING INTO A LOSING POSITION ON THIS. THIS IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR CREATION OF OPPORTUNITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS, WORKING MEN AND WOMEN IN SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA. AND THAT'S MY POLICY.))
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The deal hinges on approval of the Virginia Investment Partnership, a program that will encourage manufacturers to modernize, expand and hire more workers.
It appears that Gilmore's proposal has strong bipartisan support in the General Assembly.
Governor Gilmore says he will appeal if the state is ordered to pay the legal fees for his attempts to keep a comatose man alive against his family's wishes.
A Prince William County circuit judge is expected to enter a final order regarding the payment of legal fees to Michelle Finn today.
It is the administrations belief that the court erred in ordering the payment of the fees.
A Prince William County Judge awarded 13-thousand dollars to Finn last November to pay for her court fight challenging the states effort to block the removal of her husband's feeding tube.
Hugh Finn died October 9-th in a Manassas nursing home eight days after the tube was removed.
The Brazilian currency has
tumbled sharply -- after the Central Bank refused to prop up the
faltering currency in world financial markets.
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The economic troubles in Brazil have caused turmoil in global markets in recent days.
But there are indications investors are reacting favorably to today's
One of the Rolling Stones is going solo, but only in his personal life.
Jerry Hall has filed for divorce from Mick Jagger after eight years of marriage.
Hall's attorneys made the announcement today in London.
The couple had been together since the late '70's. They have four children ages 14-to one year old.
The filing comes after the latest rumors in a string of Jagger's alleged affairs.
This time a Brazilian model has claimed she is pregnant with Jagger's child.
An animal trainer of a different breed is teaching horses at the Lexington Horse Center.
When people find out Shawna Karrasch normally trains killer whales, they may think she is a fish out of water.
But as she proves, when it comes to behavior, whales and horses aren't that far apart.
Stacey Martin has more.
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It's not uncommon for Shawna Karrasch to have a horse jump at her command.
After more than 15 years, she and husband Vinton have yet to come across a stallion who didn't bow down to their method of training.
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They call it On Target Training--a system that includes clicking que calls, commands and rewards.
The method isn't exactly new but its application is.
Shawna first learned about it while working as a trainer for killer whales at Sea World in San Diego, then expanded its use to more than just mammals.
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Now the pair teach On Target to owners and riders who find it hard to train their horse.
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The Rugrats will NOT be coming to Roanoke next month.
The live production of the popular kids show on cable TV has been canceled.
If you bought tickets for any of the three shows that were scheduled, just contact the Roanoke Civic Center to arrange for a refund.
On Wall Street at Noon, the Dow was UP 135 points.
Express fans won't be seeing Hampton Roads coach John Brophy or Admirals player Jeff Corbett again this season.
The two collected 21 games worth of suspensions for their actions at the Roundhouse last Sunday.
Brophy recieves a six game suspension for both his antics off the ice-- pushing Roanoke City Policemen and Roanoke Civic Center security-- and his inability to control his team on the ice.
He will serve four games of his suspension now and will miss the final two games the Admirals play against Roanoke. He will not be permitted in the building during those games.
The Admirals Jeff Corbett will serve a 15- game suspension for the shot on Roanoke's Jeremy Schaeffer.
He will also sit out the final two games of the regular season against Roanoke, and will not be alllowed to play in any playoff games against the Express.
Roanoke's J-F Tremblay will serve a two game suspension for an obscene hand gesture and for derogatory comments made to the Admirals in between periods outside the locker room.
The E-C-H-L has also requested that the Express fire public address announcer Slam Duncan for a comment he made that night.
The Cavaliers are still winless in the A-C-C after an 82- 72 loss to North Carolina State.
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The Wolfpack gets out on the run early. Kenny Inge makes the nice pass and the alley-oop is good for the lead.
The Cavs were led by Chris Williams. Here he knocks down the three pointer from way outside.
U-V-A did play hard, but Pete Gillen's squad lacked depth.
Here, the Cavs Adam Hall makes the steal and goes in for the dunk, but the Wolfpack wins it's first A-C-C game of the season 82 to 72.
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Lately, royalty has been a big part of the NASCAR media tour.
Mike Stevens held court with the King and some proud Pettys.
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