Murder-suicide suspected in Roanoke County

Roanoke County Police PatchRoanoke 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.

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Roanoke City Democratic primary election roundup

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, WFIR Election 2016and two current City Council Democrats want to be Mayor.  WFIR’s Gene Marrano has an election roundup – here’s a “Longer Listen”:

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Tickets for J-611 steam excursions on sale Monday

NW 611The only class J steam locomotive in existence – the J-611 owned by the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke – begins its 2016 passenger excursion schedule in April. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Stay warm – safely – says Roanoke Fire-EMS

Rke Fire-EMS LogoRoanoke City Fire-EMS wants residents to stay warm – safely – as the weather turns even colder over the next few days. WFIR’s Gene Marrano has that story:

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Chamber holds candidate’s forum tonight

WFIR Election 2016As it often does the Roanoke Regional Chamber of Commerce is holding a public candidate’s forum tonight – just ahead of Saturday’s Democratic firehouse primary in Roanoke City. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Hotel Roanoke being rebranded

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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:

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Roanoke City Leadership College taking applications

Roanoke-CityRegistration is now open for the City of Roanoke’s annual Leadership College – a nine-week program that offers a peek at how local government works. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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Botetourt County plans to move forward at industrial park

Botetourt-CountyNow that no graves have been found at the Greenfield site where historic slave quarters and a kitchen are now located, Botetourt County officials plan to move forward – with an eye towards attracting new businesses. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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New website aims to engage more voters in Roanoke

WFIR Election 2016A new website created to increase citizen engagement has been launched with local elections in Roanoke around the corner.  WFIR’s Gene Marrano has more on “Noke Votes dot-org”:

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Mission Possible is a safe driving campaign for teens

YOVASOA statewide organization that started here in the Roanoke Valley has launched a 4-week campaign that’s all about stressing the importance of safe driving to young people. More from WFIR’s Gene Marrano:

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