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    A heat index value of 101 is expected this afternoon. Real temperature will reach 94. Independence day will get up to 91 and then a little relief - come Thursday. Highs of 88 expected Thursday, back to 90 on Friday, but only 82 on Saturday and 83 on Sunday. 

    A body found June 27 near a burned car may be that of a missing West Virginia 76-year-old man, according to the Henry County Sheriff's Office. Shortly after authorities arrived at the scene last week, deputies learned that the burned Mercury car was from West Virginia and that the registered owner was listed as a missing person in West Virginia. John Wesley Buscher, 76, of Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, was believed to be driving the Mercury, West Virginia State Police told the Sheriff's Office. Through further investigation, investigators obtained video footage of Buscher entering a convenience store in Bassett to pay for gas at about 11:27 p.m. on June 16. About 15 minutes later, the Sheriff's Office said the video shows a car like Buscher’s going down River Road, but the car never comes out. The approximate 15-minute time difference is the approximate drive time from the convenience store to that point on River Road. The Sheriff's Office said that no other vehicles were seen in this proximity for hours. While the cause of the fire remains undetermined, the Sheriff's Office said it is possible, based on the scene and tire tracks, that Buscher drove around behind a house at the end of River Road and could not drive back up an embankment he had driven down. Furthermore, it's likely that heat from the exhaust system under the car set leaves on fire resulting in the car fire. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner is still trying to determine a positive identification and the cause of death, but in the preliminary autopsy, there were no signs of induced trauma to the body. Identification of the body will have to be done by DNA testing. Anyone having information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Henry County Sheriff’s Office at 276-638-8751 or Crime Stoppers at 63-CRIME (632-7463). The Crime Stoppers Program offers rewards up to $2,500 for information related to crime. The nature of the crime and the substance of the information determine the amount of reward paid.

    A Danville man wanted for kidnapping and strangulation charges is behind bars in North Carolina. The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office has arrested 50-year-old Douglas Ray Scearce, of Beech Avenue, in connection with an incident that happened at a home on East Stadium Drive in Eden, North Carolina. Investigators have been looking for him since June 22 and say Evans was arrested Monday and placed in the Rockingham County Jail.

    Gov. Ralph Northam was in Pittsylvania County Monday to announce a new broadband initiative designed to expand service to rural Virginia. Local leaders gathered at the Laurel Grove Volunteer Fire Department as Northam announced the appointment of a director and chief deputy for the initiative. Evan Feinman will spearhead the effort. Feinman, who now serves as executive director of the Virginia Tobacco Commission, will serve as as chief broadband advisor. Courtney Dozier, chief deputy with the Department of Housing and Community Development, was named chief deputy for the broadband initiative. Northam said the state has quadrupled the amount of money committed to improving rural broadband to $8 million, while the Tobacco Commission has committed $11 million to the project. The governor said he expects to see a major expansion in broadband availability by the time his four-year term ends.

    Andy Parker, from Henry County, led a “die-in” by laying on the floor of the Berglund Center in Roanoke with dozens of others protesting the upcoming performance on July 17th by Ted Nugent. Parker said he was doing it for his daughter, Alison, who was shot on live TV while reporting for WDBJ7 in Roanoke. Nugent was investigated by the Secret Service after threatening former President Barack Obama. He’s threatened other prominent Democrats and called for their deaths. Nugent responded by suggesting Parker “suck on a stage prop.” The venue is owned by the City of Roanoke and Parker is asking the public to boycott the facility, do not purchase a vehicle from Berglund Automotive (the center’s sponsor) and Roanoke find another entertainment management company besides Global Spectrum. The center seats over 2,000 people and a Berglund Center representative said they were not expecting more than a few hundred to the show. 

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