Bedrosian: surplus county school items should not all be given to just one recipient

Al Bedrosian photo

Al Bedrosian photo

Roanoke County Supervisor Al Bedrosian thinks 20,000 pieces of surplus county school items should be distributed across the county — and not just to a single Vinton service club. The desks, chairs, filing cabinets and other items are all in storage at the former William Byrd High School. One proposal would have it all go the Vinton Lions Club, but Bedrosian disagrees.

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Bedrosian wants any interested Roanoke County organization to let him know if they’re interested in any of these surplus items. He plans to address the matter at the next Roanoke County Supervisors meeting September 9th.

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Roanoke police seek barber shop bandit

Roanoke-PoliceFrom Roanoke City Police: On August 29, 2014 at 11:46 a.m. Roanoke Police were dispatched to the 1400 block of Peters Creek Road NW, the Boxley Hills Barber Shop, to investigate a robbery. The victim, the owner of the barber shop, said the suspect walked into the business, displayed a firearm, and demanded money. After taking an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the business on foot. The suspect was described as a black male in his early to mid 20s, thin build, approximately 5’9″, with short hair and facial hair only on his chin. The suspect was wearing a black tee shirt , khaki colored pants, and blue sneakers with an orange color around the soles. If you have any information that can help investigators, call the Roanoke Valley Crime Line at 540-344-8500. Tips are anonymous and awards are offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

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Military pilot in Virginia F-15 crash identified

Morris Fontenot (USAF photo)

Morris Fontenot (USAF photo)

WESTFIELD, Mass. (AP) _ The pilot who was killed in the crash of an F-15 jet this week in the remote Virginia mountains has been identified as Lt. Col. Morris Fontenot Jr.  Officials with the Massachusetts Air National Guard say Fontenot was the inspector general for the 104th Fighter Wing and had had more than 2,300 flight hours of experience. He was flying the plane to New Orleans for a radar system upgrade when he crashed Wednesday in western Virginia. Officials say he reported an in-flight emergency before losing radio contact. The cause remains under investigation.  Col. James Keefe of the Massachusetts air guard said Friday that the death was announced with “profound sadness.”  Fontenot was a 1996 Air Force Academy graduate. Officials say he was an F-15 instructor pilot with more than 17 years of experience flying the jets.

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More good publicity for the Roanoke Valley

Virginia's Blue RidgeMoneycrashers-dot-com claims Roanoke is a top-ten place to live…and Forbes says the valley is part of an ideal weekend getaway. The website and the magazine both released favorable stories about the region in the past few days. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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