Health Focus holds annual Salem Distance Run and 3-Mile Walk

Health FocusHealth Focus of Southwest Virginia is hosting its annual Salem Distance Run and 3-Mile Walk. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has more details on the event now in its 42nd year.

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UPDATE: Man who died in bucket truck fall is identified

wfir-defaultUPDATED Friday 10:55 am — Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle has identified the victim of yesterdays tree trimming accident in Troutville as Darrell A. Crews, age 45 of Roanoke VA. There are no additional details on this incident at this time.

PREVIOUSLY: From the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office: Botetourt County Sheriff Ronnie Sprinkle reports that the Botetourt County 911 Communications Center received a  call for service today at approximately 11:42 am to the 100 block of Taylor lane in Trouville in reference to a man having fallen  about 30 feet out of a bucket truck.  The man was trimming trees when he fell and was pinned by several logs that had fallen on top of him.   Botetourt County Fire, EMS and Sheriff’s Deputies arrived and found the subject was deceased.  The initial report says that the tree trimming crew was on the scene to trim trees that were damaged by lightening yesterday.  The investigation is still ongoing but at this time it appears to be an accident.  The body has been transported to the medical examiner’s office in Roanoke.  The name of the deceased will not be released until the man’s family has been notified.

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Salem police make arrest in shooting

SPDHere’s the press release from the Salem Police Department: On July 28, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Salem Police responded to the 200 block of Chestnut Street in reference to a shooting. Upon arrival, officers located a wounded victim lying outside of a home. The male victim, who had been shot several times, was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital in serious condition. Police were able to quickly locate the suspect in an unoccupied apartment on the same street and take him into custody. Darel A. Callands, 49, of Salem, was arrested and charged with Aggravated Malicious Wounding, Use of a Firearm in the Commission of a Felony and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon. Callands was taken to the Roanoke County/Salem Jail where he is being held without bond.

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Advance Auto Parts president to step down

Advance Auto PartsThe president of Advance Auto Parts is stepping down, the company announced on Friday.

George Sherman’s last day as president will be August 13. He will stay with the company through the end of the year to help with the transition. Sherman’s leadership team will now report to Chief Executive Officer Tom Greco.

Sherman has worked at Advance since April 2013.

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Roanoke seeks to permit homestay businesses like Airbnb — but not in all cases

airbnbThe number of Roanoke City homes applying for city permits for home-stay businesses like Airbnb is still small but growing. Two more applications are now before the city, as WFIR’s Evan Jones reports.

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Cardboard watercraft to race Saturday at SML

SML50There’s a different kind of a boat race scheduled this weekend at Smith Mountain Lake; all the competing watercraft will be made of cardboard. WFIR’s Bob Clark has more on this story.

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