Roanoke Mayor David Bowers delivered the annual “State of the City” address this morning … Bowers spoke about the lowest crime rate since 1969 … teen pregnancies continuing a downward trend and high school graduation rates up almost 30 percent over a few years ago – the Mayor says he wants local firms to support a summer youth employment program … Bowers encouraged local businesses at the Chamber of Commerce event to take advantage of statewide programs to help them sell products internationally … Bowers also heaped praise on the city’s reading achievement programs, the Elmwood Park makeover – and the impending return of passenger rail service. And he wants to help “fill the hole in the ice” … by building a dedicated ice rink that youth leagues and college teams can use for games and practices … The Mayor says that’s essential if the Valley ever hopes to attract professional hockey again. He spoke to WFIR about a new ice rink:
BEDFORD, Va. (AP) _ Three relatives of a man named as a person of interest in the 1975 slayings of two Maryland sisters will be arraigned in Virginia on charges that they have impeded the investigation. Leslie Engleking is charged with perjury. Gladys Stangee and Amy Welch-Johnson are charged with obstruction of justice. Their arraignments are set for Thursday in Bedford County General District Court. All three are relatives of Richard Welch, who has been named as a person of interest in the deaths of 12-year-old Sheila Lyon and 10-year-old Catherine Lyon of Wheaton, Maryland. Welch hasn’t been charged and has said he’s innocent. His nephew, Lloyd Lee Michael Welch Jr., has been charged with two counts of murder. Authorities say the sisters were kidnapped and taken to Bedford County, where they were killed.
Roanoke County has a new Human Resources Administrator … Carlan Myers comes aboard on September 28th … he is currently in H-R at Kissito Health Care in Roanoke … Myers succeeds Joe Segroi – who left the position last year after an internal investigation about alleged misconduct concerning improper purchases and mistreatment of staff