The Virginia Department of Transportation says approximately 80 roads in the region closed overnight due to high water or damage. Many roads remain closed this morning for the latest from VDOT on road conditions click here. Drivers should remember to not drive though any ponded water. Also, do not drive around or try to move any barricades.
Salem Police have charged the mother of the 4-year-old boy who died Sunday with two felony counts of child neglect. 27-year-old Danielle Burnett was arrested late Monday. Her boyfriend, Antonio Lebron, is also charged with two felony counts of child neglect in connection to the death. He was arrested last Friday. Burnett’s son was found unresponsive last Thursday by officers and EMS crews after responding to a call about a child who had fallen down a stairway. He died from his injures on Sunday. Police say additional charges are pending.
It’s officially fall and that means it’s time for corn mazes, hay rides and a visit to a local pumpkin patch. In Bonsack, Jeter Farm is kicking off its fall festival tomorrow, weather permitting. New this year visitors can test out a corn cannon and pumpkin blaster. For more information about Jeter Farm click here. Other farms with fall festivities include Layman Family Farms in Blue Ridge and The Red Barn in Franklin County. For a full list of fall festivals happening across the state click here.
The person who won $2 million in Saturday’s Powerball drawing will receive their big ceremonial check from the Virginia Lottery today at the Mick or Mack IGA on Market Street in New Castle. That’s the store where the winning ticket was bought. The store will get a $10,000 bonus check for selling the ticket.
The award winning three day event that benefits local charities is back for another year. The festival features Greek food, dancing, beer and more. New this year, the Mikro Half Marathon. The 13.1 miles race is a tribute to Pheidippides, an Ancient Greek hero who ran 26. 2 miles and died. The Greek Festival is today and tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 7 p.m. at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church. Admission is free. Click here to see the festival’s website.
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.