Roanoke County police now say they suspect a murder-suicide took place in the 1900 hundred Block of Pinewood Drive earlier this week. Early Monday morning police received a call from 79-year-old Henry Rothrock – claiming he had killed his 81-year-old wife Nora and was going to kill himself. Both were dead when the police arrived around 2-am. The investigation continues.
Six Roanoke City Council candidates running in tomorrow’s Democratic firehouse primary from 12-to-7 at the Berglund Center will be whittled down to three nominees that will advance to the May 3rd general election, and two current City Council Democrats want to be Mayor. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has an election roundup – here’s a “Longer Listen”:
The Hotel Roanoke is getting an upgrade within the Hilton Hotels system – moving from the Doubletree brand to Hilton’s “Curio – a Collection By Hilton.” Its described as upscale properties with individual personalities and will be the first in Virginia. The changeover takes effect February 28th – that’s when the famous Doubletree chocolate chip cookie for guests goes away as well. Hotel Roanoke is undertaking a 6-million dollar room and corridor renovation slated to be finished this summer. Gary Walton stays on as general manager of the Virginia Tech-owned hotel: