Byran Hamlar withdraws from City Council race; cites pending family responsibilities

Byron Hamlar

Byron Hamlar

Byran Hamlar Statement:” After prayer and thoughtful consideration, I have made this difficult decision. With great intentions, I entered the race because I felt I could make a difference for our community. However, realizing the importance of the council and its commitments, I am concerned that I would be unable to fully devote myself at this time. My wife and I are expecting our first child in the upcoming months. Although I feel strongly about serving the community, my first commitment must rest with my family. I would like to thank all of my supporters and friends for their encouragement. Please know that this will not be my final involvement. I will look for future opportunities to enthusiastically serve the great people of the Roanoke Valley.”

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Salem shoplifting call leads to police pursuit, foot chase and arrest

Israel Cunningham

Israel Cunningham

From Salem Police: This morning at approximately 8:21 a.m., officers were called to the 1800 block of West Main Street in reference to a shoplifting incident. The suspect was observed leaving the parking lot, and officers were given a description of his vehicle as soon as they arrived on the scene. The male suspect’s car was quickly located in the vicinity, but the driver refused to pull over when officers activated their emergency lights and siren. A pursuit ensued and eventually ended in Roanoke City where the vehicle was abandoned in the 200 block of Westside Boulevard. After a short foot pursuit, the suspect was located and taken into custody. Israel Antonio Cunningham, 27, of Roanoke, has been charged with Grand Larceny and Felony Eluding. Cunningham is currently being held at the Roanoke County/Salem jail without bond. There were no injuries during the incident.

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Roanoke River Trail gets facelift

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A popular trail off the Blue Ridge Parkway has undergone a facelift – and there’s a celebration today to mark that occasion. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Roanoke County gears up for Tons of Fun

Roanoke-County-LogoRoanoke County and Tanglewood Mall have once again teamed up for the Tons of Fun extravaganza. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has the details:

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Performances include: Blue Ridge Mountain Cloggers, Doug Berky, Roanoke Taekwondo America, Mark Fuller Magic Show, Shaolin Dragons Kung Fu and more

Activities include: Balloon animal workshop, laser tag, inflatable games, face painting and more

 

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Evidence collected in thousands of Virginia sexual assaults to get first tests, some after waiting decades

wfir-defaultMore than 2,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits in Virginia will soon get lab tests, and the results may help find rapists who have sometimes avoided prosecution for years. Some of those kits go back as far as 1988. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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City Council candidate ready to “step forward”

Trish White-Boyd

Trish White-Boyd

A week from tomorrow seven Democrats will take part in a firehouse primary at the Berglund Center – when three candidates for the Roanoke City Council election in May are chosen.  WFIR’s Gene Marrano has another in a series of candidate profiles:

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