Delta to end Roanoke-Detroit service, will add larger plane to Atlanta

Delta-LogoFrom the Roanoke Regional Airport Commission: Roanoke, Virginia (September 30, 2014) ‐ In response to customer demand Delta Airlines has announced, effective November 1, the airline will enhance its service between Roanoke‐Blacksburg Regional Airport and Hartsfield‐Jackson Atlanta International Airport via aircraft upgrades that will enable the airline to accommodate up to 320 passengers daily. Currently Delta operates one 126‐seat Airbus 319 and three 50‐passenger Canadair Regional jets and plans to improve operations with two Boeing 717 110‐passenger and two 50‐passenger jets. At the same time, Delta plans to eliminate its direct service between Roanoke and Detroit Metropolitan Airport. The decision to discontinue this service is a result of decreased passenger numbers over the past twelve months. Delta reports that, on average, passenger loads for flights between Detroit and Roanoke have not been profitable for the airline. As a result of these combined decisions, Atlanta will become the hub for connecting Delta passengers traveling into and out of Roanoke.

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The “Great Greenway Tour,” starts on Thursday

GreenwayBelieve it or not there are some people not not yet acquainted with Roanoke’s greenways … that’s one motivation for the city’s “Great Greenway Tour,” which starts on Thursday with a night walk on the Roanoke River Greenway from Wasena Park. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more:

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Police: man hops off bicycle, robs two women, takes off on bike

Roanoke-PoliceFrom Roanoke City Police: On September 29, 2014 at approximately 8:15 p.m. Roanoke Police were called to the 1700 block of Cove Road NW to investigate a robbery.  Once on scene officers interviewed two victims who advised that they were leaving the location when they observed a light skinned man ride by them on a bicycle. The victims said the man on the bicycle turned around, got off the bike, and walked up to them.  At that point, the victims said the man produced an apparent firearm, ordered them to drop their handbags on the ground, and, after the victims compiled, took both handbags.  The victims said the suspect then got back on his bicycle and rode east on Cove Road.  The suspect was described as being approximately 5’8″ to 5’9″, average weight, wearing a dark hoodie and blue jeans.  The suspect’s accent was described as being Hispanic.  The suspect’s bicycle was described as being green and black in color, and appeared to a children’s bicycle.  If you have any information that can help investigators please call the Roanoke Valley Crime Line at 540-344-8500.  Tips are anonymous and rewards are offered for the right information.

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State police: Forensic evidence links Graham, Harrington cases

Morgan Harrington

Morgan Harrington

Hannah Graham

Hannah Graham

Tue., Sept. 30 5:00 a.m.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ They both were walking alone, separated from their friends late at night on or near the University of Virginia campus. One was found dead nearly five years ago. The other is still missing. And now police believe they’ve found a link between the 2009 slaying of Morgan Harrington and the Sept. 13 disappearance of Hannah Graham — forensic evidence pointing to a 32-year-old man who fled the state when he learned police wanted to question him about the Graham case. Jesse Matthew Jr. was arrested on a beach near Galveston, Texas, last week and was brought back to Virginia to face a charge of abduction with intent to defile the 18-year-old Graham. State police say the arrest has produced a forensic link to the Harrington case, but they’re not providing details.

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