Jens Soering petitioning Va. governor for pardon

Jens Soering (WDBJ7 file photo)

Jens Soering (WDBJ7 file photo)

DILLWYN, Va. (AP) – A German diplomat’s son convicted of murder is petitioning Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe for an “absolute pardon” and parole based largely on blood analysis.  Jens Soering is serving two life terms for the 1985 slayings of his ex-girlfriend’s parents. The Washington Post  reports that Soering’s petition submitted to McAuliffe this week says a blood analysis concludes that Soering, who has Type O blood, was not the source of at least some of the Type O blood found at the scene.  The 50-year-old Soering spoke to the paper in a phone interview from Buckingham Correctional Center outside Dillwyn, Virginia.  Soering initially confessed to killing the couple but then recanted. He said his then-girlfriend, Elizabeth Haysom, killed her parents and told him afterward. Haysom is serving a 90-year sentence.

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RSO offers free concert at Elmwood Park

WFIR-arts-and-cultureSaturday will be another busy day at Elmwood Park – beginning with a free Roanoke Symphony Orchestra concert as WFIR’s Gene Marrano reports:

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BRBH offers tips for parents on how to handle bullying

BRBHNow that another school year is underway, Blue Ridge Behavioral Healthcare is offering tips for parents on how to handle bullying. The story from WFIR’s Starr Anderson.

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Christiansburg motorcyclist killed in car-cycle accident

wfir-defaultFrom Christiansburg Police: August 24, 2016 – Christiansburg Police responded on Tuesday night to a two-vehicle wreck near the Interstate 81 overpass on Virginia 8.  According to the preliminary investigation, at 7:17 p.m., a 2009 Chrysler sedan made a left turn from the south I-81 Exit 114 off-ramp onto Virginia 8. The sedan collided with a 2002 Harley-Davidson motorcycle that was travelling toward downtown Christiansburg on Virginia 8.  The motorcycle driver, Timothy Harold Roberts, 54, of Christiansburg, was airlifted from the scene but died en route to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital.  The driver of the sedan, Marjorie Kaye Cromer, 64, of Christiansburg, was not injured. The incident is under investigation, and no charges have been filed at this time.
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UVA expert: FBI faces tough challenge in finding domestic terrorists and preventing their attacks

wfir-defaultAs the FBI investigates whether the weekend stabbing attack in Roanoke County is terrorism-related, experts say finding U.S. residents who might commit acts of terrorism is a difficult process — especially when there are no previous signs of violence. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Support group for gun violence victims to meet

wfir-defThe first meeting of a support group designed for the families and victims of gun violence holds its first meeting tomorrow. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more on that and a special observance today:

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