Roanoke Fire-EMS crews were called to the 2800 block of 10th Street Northwest yesterday around 5:15 p.m. When they arrived they found heady flames coming from the second floor of the house. Damage estimates are approximately $50,000. No one was injured. Officials say the fire was accidental and caused by a heater being use to dry paint. Two were residents were displaced.
The Roanoke Law Foundation is holding the 2015 You and the Law public education program on Tuesday, April 21, at the Sheraton Roanoke Hotel & Conference Center from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. You and the Law: Senior Symposium will focus on issues faced by senior citizens, their families, and their caregivers and provide information on estate planning, Medicare and scams. Guest speakers include local attorneys who specialize in elder law and representatives from financial institutions and law enforcement. The first 100 guests will receive complimentary copies of the Senior Citizens Handbook, published by the Virginia State Bar. This seminar is free to the public. You can find more information by clicking here.
Peter Nader won the top prize in the March 31 Cash 5 night drawing. He says he used Easy Pick and allowed the computer to randomly select the numbers on his ticket. He bought the winning ticket at the 7-Eleven on West Main Street in Salem. Cash 5 drawings are held every day at 1:59 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. The chances of winning the $100,000 top prize are 1 in 278,256.
Roanoke County Fire & Rescue crews were cleared from the Hofawger Road fire yesterday after reinforcing the containment lines. Fire officials determined the owner of the property was target shooting Saturday when a spent bullet ignited brush and quickly spread with gusty winds and dry air. The fire is now under control. A total of 185 acres burned over the 48-hour period.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center at Explore Park will open for the season on Friday, marking its earliest opening date since the park was re-opened by Roanoke County. The Visitor Center will be open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through Sunday, November 8. The facility features a gift shop, a museum highlighting frontier culture and an audiovisual presentation about the history of the Parkway. Visitors can expect to see some changes at Explore Park this season. The gift shop is now featuring artisan crafts including jewelry, pottery, art, jams, candies and more. Visitors will also be able to drive further into the park to access trials, the Roanoke River and historic buildings on the property. Also, there’s an expanded lineup of outdoor programs this season. You can find more information about Explore Park by clicking here.
On Saturday at approximately 3:27 a.m., Roanoke Police responded to a shots fired call with a person down in the 3000 block of Ordway Drive NW. When they arrived, they found an adult male and adult female lying in the parking lot with apparent gunshot wounds. They were both taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital where the male, 35-year-old Gerald Daran Hairston, was pronounced dead. The woman’s name has not been released but police say she is 31-years-old and from Roanoke. At last word she was still in the hospital. The incident is under investigation. Police are asking anyone with information to call them at (540)853-5959 or the Roanoke Valley Crime Line at (540)344-8500.
The City of Roanoke and Carilion Clinic are working together to bring a themed playground to Elmwood Park. The Carilion Clinic Children’s Hospital Playground will officially open in mid-May and feature a Peter Pan narrative. The playground will have Captain Hook’s ship with a rope bridge spanning to Peter Pan and the Lost Boys’ treehouse, historically designed treasure maps, a custom crocodile head and a sponge-like, rubberized surface that adds fall resistance and mimics the colors of the sea. The playground will be on the east side of the Main Library just up the hill from the Elmwood amphitheater.
Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway-Roanoke Valley Chapter is looking for people to help out at tomorrow’s cleanup day. New volunteers and all skill levels are welcome. Volunteers will meet at the Chestnut Ridge Overlook, Milepost 120.5, and split into two teams. One will work on the four-mile loop and the other in the picnic area. You should bring work gloves and a rake. The cleanup is tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. You can learn more about Friends of the Blue Ridge Parkway by clicking here.
The Friends of the Roanoke County Public Library will host its semi-annual Spring Book Sale from Saturday, April 18 through Thursday, April 23 at South County Library in Roanoke. The sale will take place during regular business hours. Thousands of fiction and non-fiction books, children’s books, videos, DVDs, and audio books will be on sale at low prices. Wednesday, April 22, is Half-price Day and Thursday, April 23, is Box Day. On that day, customers can bring a box and fill it full of books for only $3.00. All proceeds will benefit the Roanoke County Public Library.
The 3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance to honor and remember 32 individuals who lost their lives on April 16, 2007, is scheduled for 9 a.m. April 18 on the Virginia Tech campus. The event is free and open to the public; individuals may run or walk the course, or volunteer to help work the event. The route for the 3.2-Mile Run in Remembrance will take participants throughout campus, around the Duckpond, and through the home team tunnel used to enter Lane Stadium before returning to the Drillfield via Kent Street. The run will be held rain or shine. You can preregister by clicking here. Commemorative shirts will be given to the first 5,000 people who register online and may be picked up during check-in Friday night or Saturday morning. Any shirts that have not been picked up will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis. If you’re interested in volunteering you can click here.