Another soldier from our area has been killed in Iraq.
Sergeant Michael Dooley of Pulaski was shot and killed when gunmen opened fire at a roadblock Sunday night.
The U-S military says the attackers pulled up to a checkpoint near the Syrian border and asked for medical help for a person in
Then they pulled out pistols and shot Dooley.
Other U-S troops shot back, killing one person and arresting another.
At least one other assailant fled in a vehicle.
Dooley was deployed with the Army in March.
The 23- year - old was stationed in Fort Carson, Colorado.
He and his wife were expecting their first child in October.
There's a possible lead in the search for a woman who's been missing for more than two weeks.
The Halifax Rescue Squad has recovered the body of a woman in the Dan River near Riverdale.
Authorities in Pittsylvania County have been notified, because of their search for a woman last seen falling from a bridge in Cascade on Memorial Day.
Autopsy results have not been released, but deputies say identification of the woman could come today.
A Lynchburg man is in custody, charged with the city's second homicide of the year.
On Saturday, police investigating a missing person report found the body of 42-year-old Letitia Farmer Giles inside the Virginian Apartments on Rivermont Avenue.
She had been dead about five days and police say positive identification was difficult.
Yesterday, Giles' boyfriend, 45-year-old Clarence Edward Elder Junior was charged with her murder.
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Lawton says Giles was identified through her fingerprints.
A medical examiner has confirmed she was murdered but the exact cause of death has not been released.
Elder is being held without bond.
A new ordinance passed by the city of Radford will allow the sale of alcohol at city parks.
City council approved the ordinance last night with a vote of 3-2.
It would allow vendors to sell beer and other alcohol in restricted areas of Bissett Park, Riverside Park and the city's new Recreation Center during non-city events.
Officials say vendors would be required to pay a five- hundred dollar rental fee, and would have to meet several other guidelines before the event is approved.
The ordinance must still undergo another reading later this month before it is enacted.
Opening statements in the capital murder trial of Leon Jermain Winston are expected to get underway later today.
The 22-year-old Winston is one of two men charged with killing Anthony and Rhonda Robinson in their Sussex Street home last year.
Police say the murders took place in front of the couple's two small children.
Jury selection began yesterday in Lynchburg circuit court.
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Health officials are warning area residents that it's only a matter of time before West Nile shows up in Southwest Virginia again.
While they will be testing dead birds...
their MAIN concern is mosquitos, because infected mosquitos transfer the virus to humans.
The constant rain has made it difficult for them to breed.
But once the rain stops for a week or more, they will have more places to reproduce.
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((AS LITTLE AS TEASPOON OF WATER CAN BE A PLACE WHERE MOSQUITOS CAN BREED. SO CITIZENS CAN GREATLY REDUCE THE NUMBER OF MOSQUITOS. BY CONTROLLING WHAT THEY CAN CONTROL AND ELIMINATING THAT MOSQUITO HABITAT))
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The health department does plan to do mosquito surveillance.
They will be setting up traps in the Roanoke Valley starting next week.
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Last year, there were 29 human cases of West Nile virus in Virginia --including one person from Roanoke County.
Health officials are asking people to report mosquito problems and suspicious dead birds to their local health departments.
The relocation of a Roanoke Valley company will mean new jobs for the city.
Atlantic Credit and Finance says it will move into the former Litton Building on Orange Avenue this summer.
The move creates 226-jobs over the next two to three-years.
Atlantic is a receivable management company.
It purchases charged- off credit card debt, and then recovers the money by calling debtors and negotiating payment.
It's currently located in the Pheasant Ridge office building with 150-employees.
The company's founders are Roanoke natives who say they are very satisfied with the region's quality workforce.
A Salem man will spend the next six months behind bars for his part in a drug deal that turned deadly.
Ben Chastang cried in court yesterday, as a judge sentenced him to six months in jail for the distribution of about 200- dollars worth of cocaine.
In August 2001, Chastang's best friend, Ryan Fischer, was shot and killed as he tried to get away from robbers.
Chastang told the court he ruined his own life and the lives of Ryan Fischer's family.
In addition to jail time, Chastang will serve six years probation and 400 hours of community service.
L.I.F.E Bible College East in Christainsburg will close after graduating its senior class next year.
The four-year college is owned and operated by the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel, headquartered
in Los Angeles.
The organization said in a news release that it will focus on developing more two-year ``church institutes.''
The L.I.F.E. Bible colleges train students for ministry.
About 60 of the 115 students in Christiansburg will transfer to L.I.F.E. Pacific College in San Dimas, California.
A safety feature on many Virginia roads is getting national attention.
Every state has those jarring indentations on highway shoulders to awake drowsy motorists.
But it is a V-DOT engineer who developed the most effective rumble strips.
Chung Chen found that "milled" rumble strips, which are carved into the highway, are the noisiest and the bumpiest.
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((LARRY CALDWELL/VDOT MOBILITY MANAGEMENT ENGINEER: WHAT WE FOUND TO BE SIGNIFICANT WAS THE VIBRATION AS YOU ROLL OVER THE RUMBLE STRIP IS MORE LIKELY TO ALERT OR WAKE UP THE DRIVER THAN THE NOISE. AND RESEARCH ON THE VIBRATION LEVEL HAD NOT BEEN DONE BEFORE CHUNG'S.))
((CHUNG CHEN/VDOT TRAFFIC ENGINEER: SAFETY IS THE MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL BECAUSE THE LIFE OF A HUMAN BEING IS JUST ONCE. IT'S PRICELESS.))
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Chen's research is estimated to have prevented as many as 16-hundred fatalities nationwide.