UPDATE: Police name suspect in custody for fatal downtown Roanoke shooting

Homicide-Update-WFIRUPDATED TUESDAY 5:15 pm — From Roanoke Police:  At 2:30 p.m. on May 3, 2016, officers conducted a traffic stop in the 2200 block of Centre Avenue NW and took Adrian Tremaine Simmons, age 25, of Roanoke into custody on a warrant charging him with the murder of Kendall Lamont Wallace, age 35, of Roanoke. The murder occurred on April 30, 2016 in the 100 block of Campbell Avenue SE. He was taken into custody without incident. The U.S. Marshals Task Force assisted in the apprehension of Simmons.
Simmons was taken to Roanoke City Jail and is being held without bond. The investigation is on-going.

PREVIOUSLY — Roanoke Police say the victim of the Campbell Avenue homicide has been identified as Kendall Lamont Wallace, age 35 of Roanoke. Officials say detectives are continuing to gather witness statements and analyze evidence.

At this point the suspect is described as a black male, between the ages of 25 to 30, between 5’8″ to 5’10” tall, and medium build. Anyone with information can call our tipline at 540-344-8500.  Callers can remain anonymous. Continue reading to see the original press release.

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Neighborhood Month is here in Roanoke City

wfir-defaultIt began as a one-day observance and now takes up the whole month of May. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more on Roanoke City’s Neighborhood Month:

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Take the Clean Commute Challenge

Ride SolutionsRide Solutions is encouraging people to accept the Clean Commute Challenge. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has the details:

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Rescue Challenge features events above and beyond the norm

Rke Fire-EMS LogoRescue crews from around the Commonwealth will be sharpening their skills in Roanoke and the surrounding region for the next few days. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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If you thank a teacher this week, he or she might win a nice reward

Education-News1This is “National Teacher Appreciation Week”, and here in Virginia, a first-time effort is underway to to thank public school teachers — and help a few of them win some nice rewards. WFIR’s Evan Jones has more.

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Virginia GOP lawmakers to sue over felons’ voting rights

State-NewsRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – Republican lawmakers in Virginia say they plan to file a lawsuit challenging Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s action allowing more than 200,000 convicted felons to vote in November. GOP leaders announced Monday that they have hired an attorney and will contest the governor’s executive order, which restored the rights of felons to vote, run for office and sit on a jury. Republicans have called the governor’s action a political ploy designed to help his friend and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton win votes in November. Senate Majority Leader Thomas Norment said they cannot let McAuliffe’s “flagrant disregard” for the Virginia Constitution to go unchecked. The lawmakers didn’t say when they would file their lawsuit. McAuliffe has said people who have served their time should be given a second chance.

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