The 9/11 memorial that once stood at Old Virginia Brick on West Main Street is getting a new home. The 16,000 pound steel beams from the World Trade Center are being refurbished and placed in front of Fire Station One on Market Street in downtown Salem. City officials are holding a ceremony on Friday, September 11 at 11 a.m. at the new site of the monument. Citizens are invited. In 2016, Salem will permanently dedicate the memorial on the 15th anniversary of 9/11 with a formal plaza around the monument.
Roanoke Fire-EMS and Roanoke City are hosting a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb next Saturday at the Wells Fargo Tower. Participants will climb the equivalent of the 110 stories of the World Trade Center to commemorate the fallen firefighters of 9/11. Proceeds benefit the FDNY Counseling Services Unit and the programs provided by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to support the families of the nation’s fallen firefighters. To register, click here.
The Roanoke Police Department says around 4:10 a.m. yesterday, an officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on Whitten Avenue NW on a vehicle for speeding. After the officer turned on his lights to signal the diver to stop, the vehicle turned onto Dunbar Street NW. At the dead end of Dunbar Street, one person got out of the vehicle and started running with a gun in his hand. The person turned the gun towards the officer and the officer fired one round. The suspect was not hit. Police were able to take 35-year-old Brian Taylor into custody. He’s charged with possession of a firearm as a convicted felon and attempted malicious wounding of a law enforcement officer. The driver of the vehicle, 28-year-old Detwawn Saunders, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for probation violation and was also charged with eluding police. Another person in the vehicle declined to speak with detectives and was released. The officer involved in the incident has been placed on administrative leave.
The Virginia Tech Board of Visitors has renamed Spring Road in honor of head football coach Frank Beamer. Spring Road, which runs alongside the west stands and press box of Lane Stadium, will be re-named Beamer Way. The official athletic department street address will be 25 Beamer Way, in recognition of Beamer’s jersey number when he played football for Virginia Tech from 1966-68.
The Botetourt County Sheriff’s office seized 72 animals and fowl Tuesday, from a property on Lees Gap Road near Fincastle. The Botetourt County Animal Control was called to the property to investigate a possible neglected horse. Once on the scene, it was determined that the horse needed further attention. The other animals, many of which were in need of medical attention, were found throughout the property, house and barn. The owners agreed to sign the animals over to animal control. The animals and fowl which included 15 dogs, eight cats, 28 chickens and roosters, 11 miniature horses, nine goats and one guinea were taken to Angels of Assisi.
On July 8, a victim reported fraudulent charges on their credit card to the Roanoke County Police Department. During the investigation several more victims in the Roanoke Valley were identified. Two suspects were eventually identified, and yesterday investigators executed a search warrant at their home. Several credit card manufacturing devices and fraudulently obtained prepaid credit cards with a value of more than $9,000 were seized from the residence. 26-year-old Sheendalie Joseph and 35-year-old Eddie Hyacinthe are each charged with three felony counts identify theft. Additional charges are pending.
Now that ten years of Drug Free Communities grant funds are ending for the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition, the nonprofit is looking for ways to raise money. Coalition Director Kathy Graham Sullivan says they reached out the Ceres Foundation, which helps organizations similar to RAYSAC, and Ceres made a matching funds donation challenge of $35,000. RAYSAC has until September 1, 2015 to raise the funds; Sullivan says they’re half way there. If you would like more information or to donate, click here.
For the fifth year in a row, The Princeton Review has named Roanoke College one of the best colleges in the United States. According to the Princeton Review survey, students say Roanoke has great career services, a great library and happy students. In addition, the school was named a great college for students who major in business/finance, computer science and psychology. Roanoke is one of 380 colleges and universities listed in the 2016 edition of The Princeton Review’s annual Best Colleges guidebook.