Street closure

Traffic-ReportJefferson Street southbound, between Highland Avenue and Albemarle Avenue, will be closed from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. today for Western Virginia Water Authority work. A detour will be established towards Franklin Road.

 

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Man arrested for allegedly robbing Medicap Pharmacy

Roanoke County Police67-year-old James Ralph Foringer has been charged with armed robbery, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony and brandishing a firearm. Investigators say he entered the Medicap Pharmacy on Brambleton Avenue Monday, shortly before 2:40 p.m. demanding medication at gun point. Pharmacy staff recognized the Foringer as a previous customer. About 30 minutes after the incident he was taken into custody. Medication believed to have been taken from Medicap Pharmacy was located inside Foringer’s car.

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New section of Roanoke River Greenway opens

Greenway1The new one-mile section begins at Aeriel Way Drive and passes under Peter’s Creek Road. The paved pathway ends at the Salem City line right next to the MB Contractors corporate office building. To celebrate the new section, Roanoke Parks and Recreation will hold an official ribbon-cutting ceremony tomorrow at 11:00 a.m.

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Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport receives perfect safety rating

Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional AirportThe Federal Aviation Administration recently conducted its annual airfield safety inspection at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport. The FAA’s airport certification and safety inspector found zero violations and commended airport staff for effective day-to-day operations. The FAA inspection reviews an airport’s compliance with Federal Aviation Regulation Part 139 which includes airfield operations, pavement and signage, lighting, markings, inspection reports, fueling operations, and emergency response and preparedness.

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VDH and Walgreens free HIV testing collaboration expands

Virginia Department of HealthWalgreensThe Virginia Department of Health and Walgreens recently expanded the number of no-cost rapid HIV testing sites from 13 to 32 at Walgreens locations statewide. To date Walgreens pharmacists have tested more than 1,200 people for HIV. The tests are available daily with no appointment necessary, at no charge and test results can be provided within minutes. For a complete list of participating Walgreens locations click here or call (800) 533-4148.

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Salem Police Department makes arrest in Friday stabbing

GILMER SCOTT 07-20Around 10:00 p.m. Friday night officers from the Salem Police Department were called to the 110 block of Sheraton Drive in reference to a stabbing. Once on the scene, the officers found a man who had been stabbed in the upper torso. He was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where he was admitted in serious, but stable condition. After further investigation, the officers found that the victim and 59-year-old Scott Edward Gilmer were in the same vehicle when a physical confrontation occurred between the two. Gilmer, of Staunton, is charged with aggravated malicious wounding and is being held at the Roanoke County/Salem jail without bond.

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UPDATE: Officers and suspect involved in officer involved shooting identified

Roanoke-PoliceUPDATE: The officers that were involved in the shooting are Officer J.L. Haley, Officer C.L. Mullins and Officer J.L. Smith. The suspect has been identified as 18-year-old Reginald Alan Wilson, of Roanoke.

The shooting happened in the 2300 block of Melrose Avenue around 2:00 a.m. yesterday. Officers with the Roanoke Police Department were attempting to break up a fight when they heard gunshots. An officer noticed a man with his arm extended in the air near where they shots were heard. It’s believed he was the individual who fired the shots. He began to run and officers followed him. They ended up in an alley and the suspect started running toward the officers with the gun pointed in their direction. The officers told him to drop the weapon but he did not listen. Two of the officers filed their weapons and hit the suspect three times in his legs. The suspect has only been described as an 18-year-old black male. He was taken to the hospital, there’s no word on his condition. Even though only two officers fired their weapons, three officers involved in the incident have been placed on administrative leave during the investigation.

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New details released in Lyon sisters case

Lyon sisters-thumbInvestigators hold a news conference later today in Bedford County to discuss the Lyon sisters case. This comes after we learned yesterday a suspect now faces murder charges in connection to the girls’ disappearance four decades ago. WFIR’s Starr Anderson has the story.

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Group of Roanoke Country Club members cancel majority of club’s debt

wfir-linkA group of Roanoke Country Club members has cancelled the majority of the club’s debt and provided substantial working capital in exchange for an equity position plus ownership of the club’s real estate. George Vogel III is the former RCC board president and current representative of the equity group, he says, “The deal means the group has retired most of the debt, and the club will have a long-term lease on the property for the foreseeable future.” The Roanoke Country Club is a private clue renowned for its clubhouse, 27 holes of walkable golf, along with first-class tennis and aquatic facilities.

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Berglund Center hosting coliseum seat replacement open house

Berglund Center logo

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Beginning in August, the Berglund Center will start its project to replace the original, harvest-gold, coliseum seats with brand new seating. The original seats will be available for purchase. Each one will cost $20 and all proceeds will go into more coliseum renovations. If you want to buy a seat, you can pick out the one you want at  an open house this Friday or Monday, July 13, from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Anyone buying a seat is asked to enter the coliseum though Gates 1 or 12 and once you’ve picked your seat, you’ll be able to schedule a future pick up date coinciding with that seat’s removal from the coliseum. For more information, you can follow the Berglund Center Seats Facebook page by clicking here.

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