Photo: police look for downtown Roanoke bank robber

Roanoke Police hope an outdoor surveillance photo will help them find the man who held up a downtown Wells Fargo bank branch this morning. Police say he walked in around 10:30 to the office at Campbell Avenue and Jefferson Street, demanded money, and left on foot. Police say it appears no weapon was displayed, and nobody was hurt. Police say the photo to the left highlights the suspect’s black rubber-soled duckboot-style shoes. In addition, police say the mask appears to be of the painters variety, and the suspect  had on a black shoulder length wig with red or
maroon highlights.  He is described as a back male who seemed to have acne scars or shaving bumps on face, 20 to 30 years of age, 5’10” to 6’1″ tall, 185 to 220 lbs, wearing a a dark sweatshirt, blue jeans, white tee shirt underneath.

 

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Cathcart to make second run for Roanoke City Council

Freeda Cathcart

Freeda Cathcart

Freeda Carthcart is making another run for elective office, this time a second campaign for Roanoke City Council. The official announcement is scheduled for Thursday morning. Cathcart ran against Chris Head for delegate in 2011 and for City Council two years ago. She will run in next month’s Democratic primary focusing on creating opportunities for better-paying jobs.

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Virginia reaction divides along party lines to president’s gun executive actions

Gun-LawsVirginia’s elected Democrats applaud President Obama’s executive actions intended to reduce gun violence, but Republicans say they are generally misguided and ineffective. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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2016 for Exit 150 — big changes on the way, but not the final ones

I81Anyone who regularly takes Exit 150 at Cloverdale is going to see some big changes this year — although the project won’t take its final shape until 2017. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Salem looks at ways to provide more downtown parking opportunities year-round

SalemSalem’s first experiment with bagging the one-hour downtown parking limit is over with the new year, but city leaders say they’re looking at more ways to permanently provide more parking opportunities. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Holiday week gas prices are lowest in years; experts predict even lower average for 2016

Gas-Prices1If a road trip is part of your plans any time through the New Year’s weekend, it is a lot less expensive at the gas pump than in recent years — and experts predict even lower average prices for 2016. More from WFIR’s Evan Jones.

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Roanoke Police hope surveillance photos will nab illegal dumpers

Roanoke City Police hope surveillance photos will help them find illegal dumpers. Police say the activity is taking place at 14th Street and Tayloe Avenue SE, where Tayloe comes to a dead end. Police ask anyone with information to call them at (540) 344-8500.

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Roanoke Valley home sales heading for strongest numbers in several years

wfir-defaultRoanoke Valley home sales are headed for their strongest showing in years for both the numbers of sales and average home prices. The Roanoke Valley Association of Realtors reports through November of this year, more homes have been sold than for all 12 months in any recent year. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Salem Yokohama plant marks two major milestones

Yokohama TiresThe Yokohama Tire plant in Salem passed two major milestones as 2015 neared an end. It’s the 25th anniversary there, and Yokohama says it recently produced its 80 millionth tire in Salem. WFIR’s Evan Jones has the story.

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Congressman Hurt confirms he will not seek reelection

Rep. Robert Hurt

Rep. Robert Hurt

Republican Congressman Robert Hurt announced today he will not seek re-election to a fourth term in the 5th District. Hurt says he never envisioned making elected office his career, and he now looks forward to returning to life as a private citizen. Hurt was first elected in 2010, defeating incumbent Democrat Tom Periello. Hurt was reelected in 2012 and 2014.

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